The Friends of the McCormick Library will hold their annual Author’s Night at 7 pm on Thursday October 10th, 2013. The visiting author is south Georgia writer, Shirley Twiss, author of “Cotton in Augusta” and “Joy in the Morning.” The evening will include a presentation by Twiss, a question-and-answer session and book signing. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. 

Shirley Twiss grew up in Swainsboro, Georgia. She was an avid listener to the great storytellers of her family. Writing was always a dream, but for many years this took a back seat to her happy life as a wife, mother and teacher. She is now retired, a widow and living in Greenville, SC.  Her first book, “Cotton in Augusta,” was published in 2008 and was recognized as a book of merit and nominated for a SIBA award. It is the story of a sharecropper’s daughter who struggles  against poverty, prejudice, class and the status of women to raise a strong and successful family. It is a story of love, faith and a woman’s search for meaning in an unjust world. Her second novel, “Joy in the Morning,” continues that  story into the Great Depression and World War II.  Copies of her books will be available for purchase. For more information call the McCormick County Library at 852-2821 or email