Raised in Metter, Georgia, J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age twelve, hustling as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. Her other professions include: envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, and software consultant. She lives in a barn on Edisto Island, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, two dogs, a school of fighting fish, and a flock of frenzied chickens.
12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Fifteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her Grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than the one she came from.
Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif “Tadpole” Walker, and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man, and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles. As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis’s imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when surfaced, Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most.
Gradle Bird is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause.
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