Day One of AOTC Book Fest Begins Saturday at Johns Creek Arts Festival

For anyone who likes to meet authors, the Arts on the Creek Book Fest – which kicks off Saturday at the Johns Creek Arts Festival – is not to be missed.

Writers who will be on hand for the first day of the inaugural event include a variety of award winners as well as accomplished first-time authors. Some signed up for multiple time slots, giving readers additional opportunities to get personalized books. Others will appear only once. And all of them will be happy to suggest books that you – or anyone on your gift list – might enjoy. The AOTC Book Fest store will be open all weekend, with books from all 16 authors available for purchase.

Kicking off the festivities at 10 a.m. will be hosted by TM Brown and Bernard N. Lee Jr., both of whom have written series that have been finalists for multiple awards. Brown’s books – “Sanctuary: A Legacy of Memories” and “Testament: An Unexpected Return” – are mysteries; Lee’s Volumes I and II – “A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties” – are memoirs.

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At 11 a.m., Roger Johns, winner of the Georgian Author of the Year 2018 award for ‘Dark River Rising’, a detective/mystery, arrives to sign copies of this novel as well as ‘River of Secrets’. Both are installments in his Wallace Hartman mysteries. Johns will be joined by Michael S. Pressman, author of “The Price of Freedom” and “The Genesis Project.”

Pressman will reappear at noon, alongside Cynthia D. Jones, who will sign “The Melody of Marriage.”

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Beverly Armento, whose “Seeing Eye Girl” was the 2022 Independent Publisher Book Award bronze winner for autobiography, will sit next to Jones at 1 p.m.

Next, a bestselling combination of two female authors writing about World War II plays at 2 p.m., when Rona Simmons and Jan Slimming take their seats in the AOTC Book Fest tent. Simmons won a pair of Military Writers Society Gold Medals in Non-Fiction and Fiction, for “The Other Veterans of World War II” in 2020 and “A Gathering of Men” in 2022, respectively. And Slimming’s “Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park” was nominated for the 2022 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the story category.

Lee returns at 3 p.m., joined by Jon H. Costales, author of the sci-fi work “Visions of Redemption,” and again at 4 p.m., alongside Armento.

The first day of Book Fest will end on a high as 2022 Georgia Writer of the Year Award nominee C. Matthew Smith arrives to meet and greet fans at 5 p.m. His first detective novel “Twentymile” is also nominated for a National Outdoor Book Award. Smith will be joined by Lee.

The AOTC Book Fest, sponsored by Appen Media Group, the Atlanta Writers Club, A Novel Idea and Bookmiser, will be open again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check back tomorrow for more details on each writer appearing on Day 2. For more information, go to ArtsOnTheCreek.org.

Although there is no physical address for the festival, it will be located directly across the highway. 141 of the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Dr., Johns Creek, GA 30097.

Program for Saturday 15 October

• 10 a.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

• 10 a.m.: TM Brown – “Sanctuary” and “Testament” / Mysteries

• 11 a.m.: Roger Johns – “Dark River Rising” and “River of Secrets” / Detective fiction

• 11 a.m.: Michael S. Pressman – “The Price of Freedom” and “The Genesis Project”/Military, Crime, Action, Adventure

• Noon: Cynthia D. Jones – “The Wedding Melody” / Christian Wedding

• Noon: Michael S. Pressman – “The Price of Freedom” and “The Genesis Project” / Military, Crime, Action, Adventure

• 1 p.m.: Beverly Armento – “Seeing Eye Girl” / Memoirs

• 1 p.m.: Cynthia D. Jones – “The Wedding Melody” / Christian Marriage

• 2 p.m.: Rona Simmons – “Other World War II veterans” and “A gathering of men” / Historical fiction, Military fiction, Non-fiction, Military non-fiction

• 2 p.m.: Jan Slimming – “Codebreaker Girls” and “Captured At Singapore” / Non-fiction history of the Second World War

• 3 p.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

• 3 p.m.: Jon H. Costales – “Visions of Redemption” / Science-Fiction

• 4 p.m.: Beverly Armento – “Seeing Eye Girl” / Memoirs

• 4 p.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

• 5 p.m.: C. Matthew Smith – “Twentymile” / Crime, Thriller

• 5 p.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

Program for Sunday October 16

• 10 a.m.: Bob Dickinson – “Me, Jesus, a beer and a cigar” / Christian Progressive

• 10 a.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

• 11 a.m.: Cynthia D. Jones – “The Wedding Melody” / Christian Marriage

• 11 a.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

• Noon: Beverly Armento – “Seeing Eye Girl” / Memoirs

• Noon: Cynthia D. Jones – “The Wedding Melody” / Christian Wedding

• 1 pm: Marilyn Baron – “The legacy of the Romanovs” / Romantic Suspense; and “The Case of the Missing Botticelli” / Cozy Mystery

• 1 p.m.: Jeremy Logan – “The Trigger Effect” and “Trinity” / Crime, Suspense, Mystery

• 2 p.m.: Robert Ratonyi – “From darkness to light” / Memory and historical narrative

• 2 p.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir

• 3 p.m.: Beverly Armento – “Seeing Eye Girl” / Memoirs

• 3 p.m.: Robert Ratonyl – “From darkness to light” / Memory and historical narrative

• 4 p.m.: Mike Cobb – “The Devil You Knew” and “Dead Beckoning” / Historical detective fiction

• 4 p.m.: Bernard N. Lee Jr. – “A Look Back in Time” Volumes I and II / Memoir


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