TIFTON -- Two authors, both South Georgia natives, will speak at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library in the coming weeks.

At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, Jenny Massey, author of the novel, "Lesson of the Harvest," will be the featured speaker. Massey draws from her farm heritage to offer unique insight into proud backwoods people caught in the 1920s Great Depression in Worth County.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, I.W. Bowen, author of the autobiography, "This, My Story; This, My Song!" and native of Brookfield will be the featured speaker. He will share his memories and reflections of a lifetime.

Massey's story is based on actual events and is set in 1929, at the onset of the Great Depression in the backwoods of Worth County.

"The book is an historical Southern fiction about a young girl who meets with adversity and extraordinary challenges in her life," Massey said.

Massey believes that "older people are the salt of the earth" and that if people would take the time to sit and talk with them, they have "unique stories to tell."

"They lived during a time when honesty and integrity prevailed," Massey said. "Strong, valiant characters make wonderful subjects."

Massey's book will be available after Tuesday at the Book Haven, Moon's Pharmacy and Royal Pharmacy.

Bowen gave up on genealogical research and resorted to his own memories to write the stories in his autobiography. Bowen's paperback contains chapters entitled, "Where Did I Come From?," "An Escaped Prisoner," "God Has a Sense of Humor," "Green Chiffon Dress and Blue Eyes," and "Preacher's Kids," to name a few.

Bowen decided to commit to writing his memoirs after reading in The Macon Telegraph and News that one of their feature writers, Ed Grisamore, would be teaching a four-week course on writing autobiographies at Macon State College.

Bowen, a pastor, said his ultimate wish is that anyone who reads the book will see how God can work in the life of any person so that he or she can become a "living sacrifice."

"A woman from Macon who read the book said she wished that every young person would read it," Bowen said.

Anyone interested in purchasing the book can call Bowen at (478) 994-0887, or write him at 35 Mornside Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029, or e-mail him at idub@forsythcable.com.

All events at the library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 386-7148.

To contact city editor Angie Thompson, call 382-4321.

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