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“Bullets and Bayonets” Book Release Party

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Academy Park Press, an imprint of Williamson County Public Library, is proud to announce the release of its second book Bullets and Bayonets: A Battle of Franklin Primer, which is a sesquicentennial project of the Battle of Franklin especially for youth. The project was a collaborative creation by library staff, with text written and compiled by Leesa Harmon and Julie Duke, and by historian Lawrence C. Duke.

November 30, 2014, marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. The battle, dubbed the ‘Gettysburg of the West’, lasted only five hours, but more soldiers were killed in that time than during any other battle of the Civil War. Six Confederate generals were killed, and the entire town of Franklin became a hospital for the wounded. “Bullets and Bayonets” tells the story of the Battle of Franklin in the words of the participants. Soldiers and citizens bear witness to what they observed, experienced and felt about a battle that forever changed the lives of all who were there.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm, the Library is celebrating the release of the book and copies will be available for purchase. Including in the “drop-in” program is President Abraham Lincoln who will give the Gettysburg Address at 2:30 pm. Local Civil War re-enactors, including General Ulysses S. Grant, will be in period dress, and Civil War artifacts will be on display, including a “hands on” traveling trunk from the Tennessee State Museum.

Your signed copies will make wonderful holiday gifts!   Bring the whole family to this free special event.

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Janice Keck Awards Ceremony

The Williamson County Public Library held the Janice Keck Literary Awards Ceremony in August with Bill Peach acting as the emcee.  The winners received their own Janice Keck Literary Award Medallions with family and friends, and many of the local community watching (unfortunately, Brad W. Hoover, the nonfiction winner for “Tears of Hope: Hero in a Bandanna”).

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Left: Sandy Coomer (Poetry: The Presence of Absence), holding book cover

Middle: John Neely Davis (Fiction: Bear Shadow), holding book cover

Right: Jean Simmons (Children’s Literature: Willy the Panther Cat), holding book cover

 

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Top Right: Awards Seal Design

Center: Book Cover for Non-fiction (Tears of Hope: Hero in a Bandanna) winner, Brad Hoover

Middle Right: Emcee Bill Peach

Award Winners Revealed!

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Left: Fiction Winner John Neely Davis, Middle: Children’s Literature Winner Jean Simmons, Right: Non-Fiction Winner Brad Hoover

Introducing “Bullets and Bayonets: A Battle of Franklin Primer”

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We are pleased to reveal the cover of Academy Park Press’s next book. It is a primer on the Battle of Franklin that we believe will assist 4th and 5th graders in learning about it. We are especially excited about this book because, not only will it be published by the library’s imprint, but it is also created completely by library employees!

Introducing “Where No Sorrows Come”

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We are pleased to share the cover of a new book: Where No Sorrows Come: The Life and Death of Confederate Brigadier General John Adams, by Bryan Lane.  Bryan Lane is a local Williamson County resident and part-time Battle of Franklin aficionado. He has worked for 20 years on a biography on John Adams. Adams was a confederate general in the battle. We are pleased to be assisting Mr. Lane in getting his book published to put in the hands of readers. This project is in the final stages and will be sent to Ingram in July.

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