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Noted author Philip Lee Williams on GPB show Sunday, Nov. 8

Noted author Philip Lee Williams on GPB show Sunday, Nov. 8

Athens, Ga. – Georgia writer Philip Lee Williams will be the guest on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Cover to Cover” program on Sunday evening, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. The show will be heard on GPB’s statewide network of stations and can be heard in a streaming audio format on GPB’s website at

Williams will talk about his latest novel The Campfire Boys, which is about camp entertainers in the American Civil War and southerners who were against the South’s position in the war.

“This is a special book to me since it’s a large-scale comic novel set in a time of great horror and tragedy,” said Williams, who is assistant dean for public information in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s about three brothers who were very good entertainers but very bad soldiers. I think of it as sort of ‘USO for the Blue and Gray.'”

The 30-minute program focuses on The Campfire Boys, the 14th book in Williams’s career, but it also touches on many other aspects of the writing life. Williams will join such luminaries as Flannery O’Connor, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Dickey as a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in March.

Interviewing Williams is Jesse Freeman, who grew up in Madison, Ga., as Williams did, and where he wrote for the hometown weekly, The Madisonian. He received a B.A. in English from Georgia State University in 2002, where he also studied film and video production.

“Cover To Cover” is the anchor program for GPB’s literary coverage. After nearly a decade as a monthly, hour-long call-in program, it is now a 30-minute interview program airing each Sunday night at 8 p.m. “Cover To Cover” features a collection of distinctive Southern voices interviewing Georgia writers, Southern writers and writers dealing with the South. The program provides a weekly glimpse of fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry and more.

To find out more about Philip Lee Williams, see his website at