As some of you may know, I have been working on two projects simultaneously the last two years. One, under contract with the University of Georgia Press, is a new history of Sapelo Island featuring new material and updated research and highlighted by the exciting and beautiful color photographs of St. Simons photographer Ben Galland. Ben did the images for Jingle Davis's recent book "Island Time" about St. Simons and he is doing a similar photo shoot for the new Sapelo book. That book will be released in mid-2015 and hopefully will be the best single volume ever published about Sapelo, both from a textual as well as from a pictorial standpoint.
The other book, that I began developing in 2012, is entitled "A Georgia Tidewater Companion: Essays, Papers, and Some Personal Reflections on 30 Years of Research in Coastal Georgia History." It is complete and the manuscript is now at the publisher in Charleston, SC. I think it will be a unique "companion" to all of my earlier works on coastal history, offering reprises of the introductions to the journals of John G. Legare and Roswell King that I have edited, as well as updated versions of my work about Darien's timber industry in the 19th century, the Darien waterfront, Harris Neck, Sapelo Island, coastal maritime history, the local shrimping industry, and essays about Liberty and Bryan counties, and a new look at early Spanish exploration on the Georgia coast. An introductory essay will relate my coastal Georgia roots, some family history, and a discussion of how all my books came about. It is probably the closest thing to a personal "memoir" that I have ever written. This will be an attractively designed softcover edition, illustrated, footnoted and comprehensively indexed.
"A Georgia Tidewater Companion" will be something of an extension in updated form of my McIntosh County history "Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater"--hence the title of the forthcoming volume. The new book will include material that many readers may not have seen before in my earlier books about the coast.
Look for the "Companion" on Amazon.com around the first of 2015. It will also be available after the first of the year in several bookstores and gift shops associated with museums, historic sites and historical societies, including McIntosh County's Lower Altamaha Historical Society, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society of St. Simons, and other similar outlets.
WINTER CLASS--There have been a lot of questions about my annual winter coastal history lecture series at St. Simons, sponsored by the CGHS at the lighthouse. The class will be available again starting January 13 and running six consecutive Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Those interested in registering, or getting more information, may contact the CGHS.
Thanks for reading and your comments and questions are always welcome. I hope you all have a terrific Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season in 2014, and the best of new year's in 2015!