Wiregrass to host local author and publisher Stephen Whigham


August 12, 2013

Brainard Cheney

Douglas, GA - Stephen Whigham, local author, historian, and publisher, will give a presentation on the novels of Brainard Cheney at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. His first presentation will be held on September 4 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus in the Irwin Hall Auditorium. The second presentation will be held on September 12, 2013, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Student Center on the Coffee Campus.

Mr. Whigham is the founder of the MM John Welda Bookhouse, which has recently published the novels of Brainard Cheney as part of its Lightwood History Collection. “Brainard Cheney’s novels conjure up a lost world—the forgotten past of the Wiregrass region,” says Mr. Whigham. Michael Williams, department chair for Arts and Sciences at WGTC notes, “Cheney’s novels have been out of print for years, and we owe a debt to Mr. Whigham for republishing them in glorious hardcover. We hope that an event like this will increase interest in this little known Georgia author.”

Mr. Whigham will present historical and literary information on Brainard Cheney. Born in Fitzgerald and raised in Lumber City, Georgia, Brainard Cheney (1900-1990), published four novels during his lifetime. All were set in the Ocmulgee/Oconee/Altamaha River basin area of Dodge and Telfair counties. He based his work on historical and autobiographical events, covering a time frame from circa 1820 up through the 1940’s. The Lightwood History Collection includes his four novels: Lightwood, River Rogue, This is Adam, and Devil’s Elbow. Also available is The Lightwood Chronicles, presenting biographical, literary and historical information on all of Mr. Cheney’s works. All titles are available in hardcover and ebook formats.

The presentations are open to the public free of charge. For more information please contact Michael Williams at 229-468-2092 or michael.williams@wiregrass.edu.