Novelist Kathy Hogan Trocheck, writing as Mary Kay Andrews, packed the ballroom of Springhill Country Club Saturday to talk about her writing during the second in an annual series of lectures sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation.

Andrews told the sold-out crowd of more than 200, which included people from as far away as Florida, “I give you the gift of escape with characters to care about and environments to enjoy in my books. Women’s friendships are a major theme, as is home—a sense of place and a sense of belonging.”

She announced her 19th novel titled “Spring Fever” will be released June 5 and teased the group with the theme of her 2013 novel: divorce, revenge and forgiveness.

 “Libraries do amazing work in communities,” Andrews said highlighting family literacy programs and affordable access to books for seniors, along with study aids for children.

Foundation President Hal Henderson reported the Foundation has given more than $60,000 to the local library in the six years of operation to enhance collections and programming for children, adults and families.

 “Tifton is one of the few libraries in the state with a foundation,” he noted, announcing the next fundraising event will be “100 Years of Broadway” on Thursday, Sept. 13.

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