This semester we’re branching out. With input from regular attendees and our Book Club instructor Prof. Bruce Gentry we’ve selected works by Alice Walker, Carson McCullers, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Flannery O’Connor Book Club

Sponsored by the Andalusia Institute, Georgia Writers Museum, and Allied Arts of Milledgeville.

“I’m sure Flannery O’Connor will forgive us for talking about other writers this fall.”

- Dr. Bruce Gentry

Discussion Leader

Dr. Bruce Gentry
Professor of English, Georgia College

Dr. Gentry, Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, received GC’s Excellence in Scholarship award in 2013. He is the author of Flannery O’Connor’s Religion of the Grotesque, editor of The Cartoons of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College, and co-editor of the oral history At Home with Flannery O’Connor. Gentry twice served as co-director for NEH Summer Institutes on O’Connor. Gentry has also hosted four O’Connor conferences in Milledgeville. Other publications by Gentry include Conversations with Raymond Carver and articles on Doctorow, Roth, and Carver in Contemporary LiteratureSouth Atlantic ReviewThe CEA Critic, and South Carolina Review.

Aug. 18

10:00-11:00 AM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about The Crop by Flannery O’Connor.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 819 8457 0454

Passcode: 387434

& in-person at Georgia Writers Museum

Sept. 15

10:00-11:00 AM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about A Stroke of Good Fortune by Flannery O’Connor.

Zoom Link 

Meeting ID :  856 9086 1468

Passcode: 516001

& in-person at Georgia Writers Museum

Oct. 27

10:00-11:00 AM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about The Lame Shall Enter First by Flannery O’Connor.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID:  812 8160 2917

Passcode: 121860

& in-person at Georgia Writers Museum

Nov. 17

10:00-11:00 AM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about A Late Encounter with the Enemy by Flannery O’Connor.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 874 1885 0676

Passcode: 177284

& in-person at Georgia Writers Museum

Jan. 20th      The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

Feb. 17th      In Love and Trouble: “Really, Doesn’t Crime Pay?” and “Strong Horse Tea”, Alice Walker

March 24th  A Prayer Journal, Flannery O’Connor

April 21st      The Year the Lights Came On, Terry Kay 

May 19th      Appalachee Red, Raymond Andrews

Aug. 19th       Everday Use, Alice Walker

Sept. 16th       The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Oct. 21st       Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Nov. 18th       Reflections in a Golden Eye, Carson McCullers

Jan. 21st       A Good Man is Hard to Find

Feb. 18th      A View of the Woods

Mar. 18th     Greenleaf

April 15th     The Comforts of Home

May 20th     Everything That Rises Must Converge

Aug. 20th The River

Sep. 17th The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Oct. 15th A Temple of the Holy Ghost

Nov. 19th A Circle of Fire

GA Hall of Fame Book Club

GWHOF Book Club is a virtual-only book club head quarterly on Zoom at 7pm. Books are available at Georgia Writers Museum. For shipping email

Discussion Leader

Sarah Trowbridge
Librarian, Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

An avid and eclectic reader since the age of four, Sarah Trowbridge worked for theatres, newspapers, and nonprofits before finally finding her calling as a librarian. In the course of nearly 16 years at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville, Georgia, she learned that the best parts of library work involve helping people make meaningful connections with stories, with information, and with one another. Some of her favorite projects during those years were the two monthly book discussion groups she facilitated, and the annual One Book, One Community celebration that she built from scratch. Having left front-line public library work behind for a new role as an outreach librarian for the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS), Sarah is thrilled to be getting back into the book club game with the Georgia Writers Museum, and looking forward to spending some quality time with the Hall of Fame honorees and their readers.

April 21

700-8:00 PM, join us on Zoom with to discuss Peachtree Road by Anne River Siddons.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 818 6591 1968

Passcode: 061414

July 21

7:00-8:00 PM, join us on Zoom to discuss Those Bones are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 865 0325 3353

Passcode: 206354

Oct. 20

7:00-8:00 PM, join us on Zoom to discuss The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene by Terry Kay.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 868 0549 1541

Passcode: 165009

Past Books:

February – Tayari Jones Leaving Atlanta

May – James Cobb, A Georgia Odyssey

February – Ferrol Sams Run With the Horsemen

May – Brainard Cheney Devil’s Elbow

August – Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind

November – Melissa Fay Greene The Temple Bombing. Praying for Sheetrock

February – Janisse Ray Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

May – Calder Willingham Rambling Rose

August – Bailey White Mama Makes up Her Mind…

November – Philip Lee Williams The Heart of a Distant Forest

August: Terry Kay To Dance with the White Dog

November: Judson Mitcham The Sweet Everlasting

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Amanda holds a BS in Biology from Georgia College & State University. She began her career as an educator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. After leaving the DNR, Amanda became a formal educator with Baldwin County School System and Jasper County School System. Amanda began her museum career at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Macon, Georgia, where she served as Curator of Environmental Science
(2011-2020). While at MAS, Amanda developed a love for sharing the world around us with the many students who visited on school field trips. During her time as Curator of Environmental Science, Amanda launched a storytime
program for preschool children.

Since 2020, Amanda has been serving Georgia Writers Museum as a volunteer on the Education Committee. Amanda has brought her love of sharing stories with students by launching Peaches’ Reading Pasture. As Museum Manager, Amanda looks forward to serving the community and helping to inspire those within our community to put words to paper and share their stories.

Amanda was born and raised in nearby Shady Dale, Georgia. Her husband, Rodney, is a native of Eatonton, and they currently reside in Putnam County. They have three children.