Published: October 02. 2012 6:42PM
Written by Barbara Robertson
Local author Shannon McCrimmon found beauty abounds in the Upstate of South Carolina. McCrimmon and her husband moved from Florida to Greenville four years ago, and she was immediately struck by the warm, Southern hospitality and the beautiful surroundings of Greenville and Lake Jocassee.
In fact, the scenery inspired her to begin writing a young adult novel. With the book in progress, inspiration struck again as she looked at the picturesque paintings of local artist Annie Koelle. One painting even prompted a complete re-write of the book’s third chapter. The art-writing connection did not end there, and McCrimmon’s chapters now serve as a catalyst for some of Koelle’s paintings. McCrimmon’s book, “The Summer I Learned to Dive,” along with Koelle’s artwork were delightfully celebrated at the Art Collides with Literature event held Aug. 11 at Teresa Roche’s Art & Light studio.
“We write to taste life twice.” — Anais Nin
“The Summer I Learned to Dive”
— By Shannon McCrimmon
Recent high school graduate Finley “Finn” Hemmings has already mapped out her entire future at age 18. Finn plans to continue prioritizing hard work and study over fun so that she can become a doctor. Sometimes, though, life has other plans. Finn uncovers a family secret that not only rocks her carefully defined world, but also teaches her a valuable lesson. She learns that the unexpected may lead to wonderful surprises and a more rewarding life. This young adult novel is an enjoyable, moving read and perfectly appropriate for young — and old — adult readers.
“The stuff of which masterpieces are made drifts about the world waiting to be clothed in words.” — Thornton Wilder
My October book pick of the month
— By Lois Lowry
This Newbery Medal-winning book is truly one of my all-time favorites. The main character, Jonas, is a 12-year old boy living in a Utopian society. Every house has a mother, father, brother and sister who are not biologically related, but chosen by how they interact together.
The climate is controlled. Competition is eliminated. Food is equally shared among households. They are all assigned jobs. Jonas never questions his delicately structured life, until he is picked to be the “Receiver” of the memories from the “Giver.” He soon learns that a great deal is missing in this society. No one is hungry or homeless or unemployed, but what did they give up to get this uniform utopia?
It pains Jonas to discover the world he is missing. Don’t miss this thought-provoking story.
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