Wine and Words at Hammonds House Museum

O.V. Brantley and Irene Latham

Last night we had a lovely time at the Wine and Words event at Hammonds House Museum. The event was a collaboration between the Clara Ford Foundation, Hammonds House Museum and Written Magazine and part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival lineup of activities. Irene Latham, author of Leaving Gees Bend, was the featured author.

The capacity crowd enjoyed gaining insight into the author’s inspiration for the book and listening to her powerful readings from the book and other historical documents.

The wine flowed freely. A huge contingent of my friends were there. It was a great night.

Join me at the Book Fair Thursday

Irene Latham, the author of Leaving Gees Bend,  is the featured author of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. She will speak and sign her book  Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. at  the South Fulton Arts Center, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is free.

If you miss Ms. Latham at  2 p.m., you can still meet her. She will appear at 6:30 p.m.  at Hammonds House Museum as part of their Wine and Words series. This event costs $5.00

Leaving Gees Bend is the highly acclaimed story of a young girl who is forced to leave Gees Bend, Alabama to find a doctor for her mother. It is a sweet story that will warm your heart.

Bring the kids and come meet Irene Latham Thursday. Come early because other authors will also share their books from 10-5 p.m. as part of the Festival Book Fair. While there, be sure to view the amazing quilts and dolls and vote for your favorite quilt.

See you there!

2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival Officially Open

If you missed the opening reception of the Atlanta Quilt Festival yesterday, you still have 13 more days to enjoy the exhibit and the festivities. The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation,  features over 50 extraordinary quilts and dolls. The exhibit continues through August 13, 2010 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. It is open daily from 10 a.m – 5 p.m.

Book lovers will want to attend the Book Fair Thursday, August 5th  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The featured author is Irene Latham who wrote Leaving Gees Bend. She will speak and sign her book at 2 p.m. Later at 6:30 p.m., she will be featured at the Wine and Words book series at Hammonds House Museum.

On Saturday, August 7, 2010, quilt artist Judy Tipton Rush will lecture and show her quilts at 3 p.m. Admission is $5.00 at the door.

A Beginning Quiltmaking  class and a Dollmaking class will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2010. To register email

The Festival concludes with Family Day August 13. the quilters will be on hand to demonstrate different aspects of quilting and to provide children’s crafting activities.

I look forward to seeing you there.