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    Jonathan Grant

    Jonathan Grant
    Jonathan Grant is the author of the novels Brambleman (winner of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction) and Chain Gang Elementary. He is also the co-author and editor of his late father’s monumental history, The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (UGA Press, 2001), named the state’s nonfiction “Book of the Year” and Editors Choice at American Heritage magazine. His third novel, Party to a Crime, will be published by Thornbriar Press in 2014. He is currently at work on The Unhappy History of Higgston, Missouri, the sad tale of a drone strike on a small town.

    Grant grew up on a Missouri farm. came down South, and graduated from the University of Georgia. The former journalist, state government spokesman, PTA president, and soccer coach lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. Contact him at info@thornbriarpress.com.
    Number of posts: 3
    Email address: email
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    By Jonathan Grant:


      newfangledness

      Why don’t Cumming city officials use e-mail?

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Aug 24, 2013
      Why don't Cumming city officials use e-mail?

      Why don’t Cumming city officials use e-mail?

      A bunch of old white men run Cumming, the Forsyth County seat. Last year, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt created a controversy by ejecting a citizen who was videotaping a City Council meeting–in clear violation of Georgia’s open meetings act. Politifact even weighed in on the case.

      Fortunately, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has gotten involved to enforce the law, but old ways die hard up in the hills…

      New Books

      Q&A with Jonathan Grant, author of Brambleman

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jun 21, 2012
      Brambleman by Jonathan Grant

      Q: Tell us a little about Brambleman.
      A: It’s a novel about a homeless writer, Charlie Sherman, who is convinced by a mysterious stranger to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. Charlie begins work on an epic manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia, in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving the theft of a Forsyth County farm that is now worth…

      Southern Books

      Chain Gang Elementary

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Sep 15, 2011
      Chain Gang Elementary

      Q: Why did you write Chain Gang Elementary?

      A: I’m a writer, so I had to write something. I first started on a completely different project. When I became a PTA co-president at a high-achieving public school, I was interested in publishing a non- fiction book — a how-to guide for parent leaders taking over the reins of a parent-teacher group. And then I saw Murder at the PTA Luncheon . No, actually, while studying the subject, I came across this phrase, or something like it: “Every good school is fundamentally the same, but every bad school is unique.”

      This got me thinking: Hmm…

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