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Launch party for Leara Rhodes’ Spancil Hill

Avid Bookshop and Old Fort Press invite you to a book launch party for author Leara Rhodes in celebration of her book Spancil Hill. This event is on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 6:30-7:45pm at Ciné in downtown Athens, Georgia.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Leara Rhodes has been a writer since high school with degrees in journalism from the University of Georgia and a masters and doctorate from Temple University. She has been a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and university professor at UGA teaching writing. During her academic career, she published three books and numerous journal articles. She was awarded a Fulbright to Haiti and named the first educator inducted into the Georgia Magazine Hall of Fame. Her summer teaching programs included two at the University College Dublin and two at Trinity College, University of Oxford. Leara lives in Athens, Georgia, and prefers to garden, cook, travel, or spend time with her family and friends when she is not writing.

ABOUT THE BOOK:DISCOVER CAHEYS STORYHis love of Ireland had always been his saving grace—but now has become his greatest hindrance. So much has been taken from Cahey: his family, farm, education, and the love of his life. Still, there’s one thing they can’t take away: his remarkable ability to understand horses.

FOLLOW HIS JOURNEYLeaving behind his friends and a thriving business in Galway, Cahey embarks on a journey to New York and struggles to find his way. He quickly discovers he is not alone. He bands with other Irish, Scottish, and French immigrants to build a life away from everything he once loved.

CAN HE OVERCOME HIS OBSTACLES?Being Irish creates many problems, even in New York. Finding out how severe those problems are could change his life forever. His fear is—can his survival skills and love of horses be enough to become the most sought-after horse trainer at the Vanderbilt American Horse Exchange in 1901?

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