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Posted: January 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Author to discuss 1925 Sandersville murder

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Part of the cover of Rawlings' book.

A 1968 graduate of Oxford College will return to the school to discuss his latest book about the 1925 Sandersville murder.

Georgia author William Rawlings will speak at Oxford at 7 p.m. in the Oxford College Library and Academic Commons. Rawlings, will read from his latest book, "A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff: The Great Recession and the Death of Small Town Georgia," and then have a short dialogue, followed by a book signing with guests. The event is free.

While Rawlings’ previous five books have been suspense novels, this is a work of non-fiction that chronicles the rise and fall of Georgia’s rural population. The story is told from the perspective of Charles Graves Rawlings, who was involved in the book’s central event, Sandersville, Ga.’s infamous Rawlings-Tarbutton murder of 1925.

Rawlings is a native of Sandersville, where he still lives on the family farm and conducts a medical practice. "A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff" is published by Mercer University Press, which has published more than 130 books in a number of genres, including Southern studies, history, Civil War history, and African American studies.

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