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Women’s History

Mercer University Press Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month first gained a national stage in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, both authorizing and requesting that the President proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week. The National Women’s History Project petitioned for the month of March to be dedicated to Women’s History. Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to dedicate March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

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Check out the fascinating women highlighted in the books listed below. Click links for more information on each book and author. All titles in stock.


Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907
By Carolyn Newton Curry


Fresh Water from Old Wells: A Memoir
By Cindy Henry McMahon

The Second Bud: Deserting the City for a Farm Winery
By Martha M. Ezzard


A Titanic Love Story: Ida and Isidor Straus
By author: June Hall McCash


A Light on Peachtree: A History of the Atlanta Woman’s Club
By author: Anne B. Jones


Life in Dixie during the War
By Mary A. H. Gay; edited by J. H. Segars


The Power of Woman: The Life and Writings of Sarah Moore Grimke (1792-1873)
By Pamela Durso

The Life and Letters of Emily Chubbuck Judson: Volume 1; Biographies and Timelines
(7 volumes in all)
Edited by George H. Tooze


An Excerpt from the Award-Winning The Second Bud

Last week, Martha M. Ezzard won Best Memoir at the fiftieth annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards for her work The Second Bud. Today, we have an excerpt that will leave you craving the best wines that Georgia has to offer. Enjoy!

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It is during our Norton vineyard’s second leaf when John discovers he can’t get the tractor between some of the rows. The reason, although Coach is loath to admit it, is that the two of them had relied on Coach’s alleged twelve-foot board to measure the distance between the rows when they were installing trellises. The problem was that Coach had two boards in the back of his pick-up—a twelve-foot board and a ten-foot board—and had pulled out the wrong one for spacing some of the rows. John finds it impossible to drive his tractor or sprayer between six of the Norton rows, which are only ten feet apart.

Once he discovers the error, John is despondent, a rare state for him. Not even his favorite mashed potatoes and chicken gravy I make for a “comfort food” dinner cheer him. We have planted 792 Norton vines, and he is already putting in long days, with help only from Coach since I’m in Atlanta all week. (It would be another eight years before we pull up 194 Norton plants to widen the rows so we can get the tractor through to spray and tend the vines properly.)

It’s early April—the canes on the vines are “bleeding” as the tiny buds wake to another spring and begin to swell. To walk through the rows is to absorb the energy and anticipation that something is about to happen. There is nothing routine about bud break; it’s always fresh and challenging—as if a new movement of a great musical composition is being created each spring.


Other Memoirs from Mercer University Press

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MUP Authors Win in Two Categories at the 50th GAYA

Second BudEveryone here at Mercer University Press is tickled that Martha M. Ezzard (The Second Bud, Best Memoir) and Raymond Atkins (Camp Redemption, Best Novel) took home awards at the fiftieth annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards. Congratulations to two hard-working authors who brought their stories, whether fiction or non-fiction, to the light of a wider audience.

Join us later this week when we’ll have excerpts from both books!Camp_Redemption-COVER.indd

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MUP at South Carolina Book Festival 2014!

Columbia, South Carolina, is once again hosting the South Carolina Book Festival and MUP is eager to meet and greet, sell books, and chat at the booth. Several Mercer Press authors are also attending, including Martha M. Ezzard, Carolyn Newton Curry, and Southern legend Terry Kay. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

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Fifty Years of the Georgia Author of the Year Awards!

GAYA SealThis year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), the oldest literary award in the Southeast. We are very proud that we have wonderful Mercer authors nominated!

Raymond Atkins, Camp Redemption (fiction)

Martha M. Ezzard, The Second Bud (memoir)

Jackie K. Cooper,  Memory’s Mist (memoir)

William Rawlings, A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff  (history)

Veronica Womack, Abandonment in Dixie  (history)

Charles Campbell, Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer (autobiography)

Jaclyn Weldon White, A Southern Woman’s Guide to Herbs (specialty)

Terry Kay, The Seventh Mirror (children’s)

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