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Retired educator publishes first novel

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lillian Faulkner Baggett spent a number of years teaching college and university students how to write. A writer herself, authoring various articles, essays and reviews throughout her career in education, Baggett published her first novel just this year.

Encouraged by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and friend Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as family, colleagues and other friends, Baggett penned "Out of Eden: A Saga of the South."

"Writing to me is as natural as breathing because I have written for so many years and it's a joy to do," Baggett said.

"Out of Eden" is set in the 1940s and takes place in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. It is the story of a young woman, Rose Jordan, whose life is changed by the effects of World War II.

"I'm steeped in memories of the Deep South and that's primarily the reason I wrote about Rose Jordan, her family and her friends," the Dacula resident said. "I feel an affinity with them that is quite real.

"'Out of Eden's' setting is regional, but its themes are universal," Baggett continued. "It is filled with love, poignancy, suspense, tenderness, passion, humor, pathos, tragedy, revenge and hope."

Baggett's novel is dedicated to her husband, James "Jimmy" Baggett, a Civil War historian and fellow published writer, and can be found at Borders Books, Waldenbooks and other book retailers.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Book signing for "Out of Eden: A Saga of the South"

· When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Waldenbooks in the Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford

· For more information: Call 770-474-7410.