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If you are thinking about writing a book and publishing it, Friends of Murphy Library invite you to meet one of Murphy’s newest authors, Jane Hembree. She will talk about the lessons she has learned creating and publishing her first book, next Tuesday, May 23 at the Friends’ Potluck at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Hembree knows how to find her way through strange surroundings. After all, she lived around the world from Japan to Brazil with her husband Steve and their children during his military career. She also found her way home to Murphy and has filled her days helping local organizations like Friends of Murphy Library and Silver Arts in the Senior Games.

Recently she and Steve added a new member to their family, a puppy they named Beemer, and she began taking photos as he grew. The result is her children’s book, Beemer’s Adventures. Hembree will share her own adventures in writing it.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This nonprofit group raises funds to benefit the library. Everyone is welcome to bring a favorite potluck dish to share. Call 837-2417.

Join Jane and Beemer and learn how to publish your own story!


Writers, photographers and filmmakers are a valuable natural resource as they chronicle the times they live in.  In 2010, my friend Gayla Jamison, an Atlanta-based, North Carolina-born filmmaker, made a documentary about one of photographer Doris Ulmann’s friends.  She was writer Julia Peterkin, who, in 1929, became the only South Carolinian to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

With Gayla Jamison’s special permission, the Murphy Library is showing “The World of Julia Peterkin:  Cheating the Stillness” at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.  It runs 57 minutes and is suitable young and old.

Julia Peterkin was born in 1880.  A few years after graduating from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (where filmmaker Jamison is also an alumna)  Peterkin married a cotton farmer and went to live on Lang Syne, a 1,500 acre plantation in the South Carolina midlands.  The 400 African-American workers on the plantation became her friends, and soon were the subjects of her short stories and novels.

Moreover, when her writing brought her to New York, Peterkin met Doris Ulmann, who was already spending time taking photographs at the John C. Campbell Folk School and in Brasstown.  Peterkin introduced her to the African American Gullah culture.  The result?  Ulmann’s photographic masterpiece “Roll, Jordan, Roll” with the text written by Peterkin.

Whether you’re a writer or photographer or just love words and pictures, don’t miss this special film. Call 837-2417 for details.