New Book on Stone Mountain to Launch June 15 at Georgia Perimeter

Contact: Beverly James
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Four million visitors annually visit Stone Mountain Park in pursuit of nature, recreation and history. The peak season, starting Memorial Day weekend, hits full stride about the time of the summer solstice, which this year is June 21.  Georgia Perimeter College professors Paul Hudson and Lora Mirza hope their new book, “Atlanta’s Stone Mountain: A Multicultural History” (The History Press: Charleston, SC and London), will lead to a deeper understanding of the granite phenomenon and popular destination in DeKalb County.

Georgia Perimeter College will host the book debut at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 15 in Cole Auditorium, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021.

The event is free and open to the public. Hudson and Mirza will talk with Liam Madden, director of the Southern Academy for Literary Arts and Scholarly Research at GPC, on the history of the 280-million-year-old rock mountain. The authors will conclude the program by signing copies of their new book. 

Critics have praised “Atlanta’s Stone Mountain” as authoritative yet accessible on an important topic on which there are relatively few works.  “It is hard to imagine a natural site that has engendered as much social, political and cultural history as has Stone Mountain,” says John Inscoe, editor of The New Georgia Encyclopedia, adding “Paul Hudson and Lora Mirza capture all of that and much more in this fully realized portrait.”  Inscoe describes the work “as complete and multifaceted a treatment of the mountain and its history yet, and it is a major contribution to Atlanta and Georgia history.”

The new book is “a comprehensive study of the natural, environmental and social history of the mountain and the people who lived around it,” according to Alton Hornsby Jr., Fuller Callaway Professor Emeritus at Morehouse College.  “Deeply researched and amply illustrated,” he notes, the book “provides a trove of information and historical perspective for both a popular and scholarly audience.”

Paul Hudson and Lora Mirza say they are “delighted at the early reception of ‘Atlanta’s Stone Mountain’ from friends, family, colleagues, students and members of the community, many of whom have been so helpful during our research and writing of what we fondly call ‘The Book.’  We have made our goal of publication on the start of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and look forward to presenting our multicultural history to citizens of the larger Atlanta community, especially those who love Stone Mountain as much as we do.”  The most fun part, the authors relate, involves human interest because “everyone has a Stone Mountain story.”

In fall 2011 semester Hudson and Mirza are scheduled to teach a new Perspectives course entitled “Experiencing Stone Mountain,” featuring civic engagement and service learning. While in the field, students will be encouraged to use their cell-phone cameras.  “We’ve already written a kind of textbook,” Hudson and Mirza smile, “but the greatest experience is always Stone Mountain itself.”

Hudson and Mirza are both available for interviews:

Paul Hudson


Lora Mirza


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