Au­thor to dis­cuss 1925 San­der­sville mur­der

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

A 1968 grad­u­ate of Ox­ford Col­lege will re­turn to the school to dis­cuss his lat­est book about the 1925 San­der­sville mur­der.

Ge­or­gia au­thor Wil­liam Rawl­ings will speak at Ox­ford at 7 p.m. in the Ox­ford Col­lege Li­brary and Aca­demic Com­mons. Rawl­ings, will read from his lat­est book, “A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff: The Great Re­ces­sion and the Death of Small Town Ge­or­gia,” and then have a short di­a­logue, fol­lowed by a book sign­ing with guests. The event is free.

While Rawl­ings’ pre­vi­ous five books have been sus­pense nov­els, this is a work of non-fic­tion that chron­i­cles the rise and fall of Ge­or­gia’s ru­ral pop­u­la­tion. The story is told from the per­spec­tive of Charles Graves Rawl­ings, who was in­volved in the book’s cen­tral event, San­der­sville, Ga.’s in­fa­mous Rawl­ings-Tar­but­ton mur­der of 1925.

Rawl­ings is a na­tive of San­der­sville, where he still lives on the fam­ily farm and con­ducts a med­i­cal prac­tice. “A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff” is pub­lished by Mercer Univer­sity Press, which has pub­lished more than 130 books in a num­ber of gen­res, in­clud­ing South­ern stud­ies, his­tory, Civil War his­tory, and African Amer­i­can stud­ies.


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