Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

‘Moonrise’ book release event to be held at State Botanical Garden

Athens, Ga. – Cassandra King, bestselling author of “The Sunday Wife” and “The Same Sweet Girl” will speak on her latest book in a release day presentation Sept. 3 from 10 a.m.-noon at the conservatory inside State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia.

King will talk about her latest novel, “Moonrise.” The book is inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” and set in Moonrise, a historic estate in Highlands, North Carolina known for its nocturnal gardens.

The Garden Club Council of Athens will provide coffee and light refreshments. And author Terry Kay will introduce King at 10:30 a.m.

King will be available to sign books after her talk. Donations and sales of collectable and signed first editions of the novel will support the State Botanical Garden.

A personal donation from King will support planting of moon garden plants in the flower garden. These plants will glow in the moonlight and serve as food sources for moths and other nocturnal insects. Attendees to the event will receive a moonflower plant grown by the State Botanical Garden’s horticulture department.

For more information on the event, see or call 706-542-6014. Information on “Moonrise,” is available at

About the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A unit of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides the general public as well as UGA faculty, staff and students opportunities for recreation, events, research and learning through its natural areas, display gardens and building spaces. The State Botanical Garden is located at 2450 South Milledge Ave., Athens, one mile south of the Athens Perimeter. For more information, see