The Military and the Monarchy Book Signing!

The Military and the Monarchy book signing went off without a hitch! Kevin W. Farrell showed up just in time to meet and discuss his book with some eager followers. As soon as he sat down students surrounded his table waiting to get their book signed. Many people purchased their first copy that day through the University Press.

It was wonderful to see Colonel Farrell interact with the students and his readers. It’s obvious that he is passionate about the British army and monarchy, and it seems that passion is spreading!

For the Q&A with Colonel Farrell click here.


Sonya Huber Comes to North Georgia

This past weekend was the Dahlonega Literary Festival and the New Directions Conference. During this weekend many talented authors and publishers came to Dahlonega to speak and share their experience. One of these authors was Sonya Huber, who wrote Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and The Backwards Research Guide for Writers, is published in many esteemed journals, and is an assistant professor of English at Fairfield University in Farfield, Connecticut. Last Thursday, November 10, Huber spoke on the North Georgia Campus at the Gloria Shott Auditorium, which was busting at the seams with eager students and readers wanting to know more about her and her book.

I arrived about fifteen minutes early to find the auditorium already filling up. I figured that some more students would come filing in over the next couple minutes, and that the auditorium would end up being about half full. I assumed that most of the students there were in attendance because of extra credit points promised to them by their teachers. I was entirely mistaken.

Students started to pour through the doors eagerly awaiting Huber’s discussion. Some of them had even brought their own copies of Opa Nobody and shyly made their way up to Huber to get her signature. Even when Huber began her speech people were still trying to make it through the doors which were blocked by other on-lookers.

Once Huber started to talk, however, it was easy to see why she had such an eager and attentive audience. As she spoke about her book it became apparent that she revealed much of herself in it. She was real and transparent with her readers and audience which made it easy to connect with her.

She spoke of her grandfather who had lived in Germany before, during, and after the Nazi regime. Her grandfather was part of an anti-Nazi socialist movement in Germany, and he also held a position in a political office. This put him and his family at high risk during very dangerous times. Her main focus through-out the book, however, was her grandfather’s balance between his political and social life and his private life with his family. She also tried to discover through the book what her relationship with her grandfather looked like even though he had already passed away.

Opa Nobody is a deeply personal memoir taking shape from a very personal author. There is no question that Huber will continue to grow in success and will continue to touch lives. Look out for her new projects about Buddhism, substance abuse, and social class. This is definitely an author you will want to keep an eye on.


Papers and Pubs

Inspiration is in the air! The upcoming Literary Festival and New Directions Conference may get you students itching to get out the pad and pen. If that’s the case then think about submitting the finished product to Papers and Pubs. Papers and Pubs is a southeastern interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research. It promotes student learning by disseminating undergraduate research and creative works that make an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice.

That means that any undergraduate in any field of study can submit their work to Papers and Pubs to be published!This is a great opportunity to get experience in the publishing field, and it helps to get your work out in the public. Get published and get recognized!

The deadline isn’t until January 9, 2012 so get to work and get published! For more information click here.



Dahlonega Literary Festival

It’s that festive time of year again that makes you think about… books! That’s right the Dahlonega Literary Festival is coming up quick. This is the eighth year for the festival but the first year that it will be held in conjunction with the New Directions Conference.

The Literary Festival was started in 2004 by Kate Quigley McElliott to celebrate books, writers, literacy, storytelling, and literary performance art. In the past they have had plenty of authors and interesting subjects and this year will continue that theme. There will be many talented writers including Terry Kay, an award winning novelist from Hart County, Georgia, that will speak on an array of interesting subjects. Some topics include: Funnybones: The Use of Humor in Fiction and Non-fiction, Flights of Fancy: 21st Century Fantasy, and Truth is Sometimes Stranger than Fiction: Non-fiction for Everyone. Even the Holly Theater is getting in on the action by hosting An Evening with Mark Twain, where Kurt H. Sutton pleases audiences with Mark Twain’s hilarious witticisms, wisdom and love for music via the harmonica, guitar, and banjo.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held on the historic Dahlonega square on November 12th and 13th. It is free and open to the public. The New Directions Conference, however, does require registration. The Conference will mainly focus on the change in the publishing world from print to digital publishing. The Conference will also have talented key note speakers including: Dr. Robert Williams, the founder of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, Sonya Huber, an author of creative non-fiction, and Ahmad Meradji, President and CEO of BookLogix Publishing Services. The New Directions Conference will take place on November 10th and 11th on the North Georgia College and State University campus and on Dahlonega’s historic square.

So break out your books and come on down to the Dahlonega Literary Festival and New Directions Conference!


Military and Monarchy Now Available for Purchase

The Military and the Monarchy: The Case and Career of the Duke of Cambridge in an Age of Reform by Kevin W. Farrell is now available for purchase!

The book follows Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, through his military career and though him explores the changing relationship between the Military and the British Monarchy during the Victorian Era. It is a must have for any scholar of British History.

Read and Excerpt here!

Praise for Military and the Monarchy:
Well grounded int he archives, this is an important study both of the relationship between the monarch and military and of the British army as it struggled to cope with the consequences of repeated wars, international competition, and technological and institutional change.” – Jeremy Black, Professor of History, University of Exeter

Farrell’s comprehensively researched and convincingly reasoned analysis establishes Cambridge as not a one-dimensional reactionary but as a central figure int he complex redefinition of the relationship of armed forces, crown, and Parliament during the mid-Victorian era.” — Dennis Showalter, Co-editor of If the Allies had Falled: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II

Want one? There are two ways to get your hands on this book. You can stop by Room 385 in the New Chestatee Building on the NGCSU Campus or simply print and fill out the order form and then send it in along with your check or money order to:

University Press of North Georgia
North Georgia College & State University
P.O. Box 5032
Dahlonega, GA  30597
The Military and the Monarchy should be available soon for purchase through,, and other online retailers. Another announcement will be made when this book is available online!