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Branan-webAuthor Karen Branan, whose searing personal memoir The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth has earned international acclaim, will be reading from her work and leading a discussion of its issues in Columbus this month.

She will be welcomed by the Page Turners Book Club at the Mildred L. Terry Public Library, 640 Veterans Parkway on Tuesday August 30th, 2016 at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Ms. Branan’s book will be available for purchase.

Ms. Branan, an alumnus of Columbus High School and the University of Georgia School Of Journalism,  is a veteran author who has written for newspapers, magazines, stage and television for the past fifty years. Her work has appeared in Life, Mother Jones, Ms., Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and Parents magazines. It has also been featured on the CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS and BBC television networks.

The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth is the deeply moving history of a crime in Harris County, GA where four African-Americans (a woman and three men) were falsely accused of murdering the Sheriff’s nephew and were lynched. Ms. Branan, the great-granddaughter of that sheriff, spent twenty years researching the incident, uncovering brutal truths about race and family in the South and, in the process, being forced to re-examine herself as someone who thought she rose above the racism of her own upbringing.

In her review of the book, Diane McWhorter (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home) writes “If you think Faulkner made it up, enlighten yourself by reading Karen Branan’s nonfiction account of a lynching in the family. What makes this ‘past is not past’ lesson so moving and admirable is the exacting reportorial clarity with which Branan approaches the confusion of race, sex, murder and myth in her southern bloodlines. A model of truth-seeking.”

For more information on the event please contact the Mildred L. Terry Library at 706.243.2782.

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