Teen author Andy Kite will be at the Tom Watson Watermelon Festival on August 7 to sign his book, Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia . The Watermelon Festival is a one-day, family-friendly event that promotes agriculture and history. The Festival is slated for Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia is a delightful history and photography book to be enjoyed by all ages. Written and fully produced last summer by the then 16 year old author, this book takes the reader on a journey through 14 Georgia towns that have seen their glory days come and go. It portrays the young author's love of the rural south and curiosity about small town life. The book includes anecdotes, facts and photography on each town. It answers the questions of "What happened in these now-abandoned buildings?" and "What were the people like who lived and worked here?"
Towns highlighted in the book include Auraria, Boneville, Buckhead, Chauncey, Cohutta, Culloden, DeSoto, Elko, Kite, Newton, Norristown, Omaha, Penfield, and Sharon. The book will inspire readers to take a turn off the main highway, drive through the back roads of their state, and consider our past. For more information, visit the book Web site at www.vanishingtowns.com.