Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Documentary on Julia Peterkin to Debut

CHEATING THE STILLNESS: THE WORLD OF JULIA PETERKIN is a documentary produced, directed and written by Gayla Jamison that will debut on South Carolina ETV Thursday, April 15, at 9:00 p.m. An encore broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m.

The documentary chronicles the fascinating life of author Julia Peterkin, the white wife of a plantation owner who wrote sensitive portrayals of the lives of rural African Americans in the early twentieth century. UGA Press has published four Peterkin books: a collection of stories, GREEN THURSDAY, and three novels, BLACK APRIL, BRIGHT SKIN, and winner of the 1929 Pulitzer Prize, SCARLET SISTER MARY.

Susan Millar Williams, author of the biography A DEVIL AND A GOOD WOMAN, TOO: THE LIVES OF JULIA PETERKIN, is featured in the documentary. Williams will appear on a panel following a special screening on Wednesday, April 28, at the Charleston County Public Library. Also featured in the documentary is Harlan Greene, coeditor of RENAISSANCE IN CHARLESTON: ART AND LIFE IN THE CAROLINA LOW COUNTRY, 1900–1940.

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