…grateful for the increased interest in Luck Be A Chicken since winning the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award in June   

…honored to announce that I will be delivering the upcoming commencement address at University of North Georgia’s fall graduation on December 12. I will enjoy the process of crafting a message that will hopefully resonate with these 2015 graduates. UNG’s enrollment exceeds 17,000 and it maintains five campuses. In several important categories, and in the opinion of many, me included, UNG is one of the top three colleges in Georgia, a state with 72 four-year colleges and universities.

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          It has been a busy fall season … speeches, books signings, festivals. Two more in November:

          – Milton (GA) Literary Festival, November 14, 2015, an event packed with panels, author chats, and workshops. I will be moderator in one session and panelist in another. Other panelists include New York Times bestsellers.

          – Signing, G. J. Ford Bookshop on St. Simons Island, Georgia, November 28, 1:00 -3:00. This is one of the premier independent bookstores in Georgia and I look forward to seeing old (and young!) south Georgia friends.

          Several engagements for next year are in the making, details to follow, and I hope to see you in 2016, if not before.

          All the while, I’m working on my next book. The genre? Humor, of course. What a wonderful goal, to make myself laugh while writing. Laughter creates an emotional reaction that triggers huge electrical activity in our brains and releases those wonderful endorphins into our systems. It is addicting. I have been an ambassador for humor, delivering numerous speeches on its beneficial effects – not as a stand-up act, but speaking seriously about the topic.

          Life is beautiful and Zen-like when in the trance of writing humor. It’s like the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson said: “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”

All Good Wishes, Jameson