Journalist’s new book to benefit cancer patients in Northwest Ga.
by Sally Litchfield
October 09, 2013 12:00 AM | 1735 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Award-winning journalist Lee Walburn is publishing a compilation of favorite columns from the past five decades in “Just My Type, 50 Years Preserved in Ink.” A cancer survivor, Walburn wanted to help a cause near to his heart. All proceeds from the book will benefit Cancer Navigators, a Rome-based nonprofit that helps cancer patients in Northwest Georgia and their loved ones on their journey.

Known for his heartfelt storytelling, Walburn celebrates the brighter side of experiences. A beloved columnist for the Rome News-Tribune, Walburn’s writing and editing chops are known throughout Georgia and beyond. He was editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine for 15 years, garnering more than 200 awards for excellence, more than 80 of them national awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National City and Regional Magazine Association and is a member of the Georgia Magazine Association Hall of Fame. As a writer, he has won national, regional and state awards for magazine stories and for his columns.

The book will be available in mid-November for a $25 donation to Cancer Navigators. For more information on the book, pre-ordering or mail order information, email or call (706) 295-4119 or visit


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Aliens are invading The ART Place in Marietta beginning Friday, CenterStage North presents Ed Simpson’s comedy “The Battle of Shallowford.” The story is familiar as Shallowford explores the small town reaction to the War of the Worlds broadcast on Oct. 30, 1938.

Director Kevin Renshaw and Playwright Simpson reunite for the first time in 26 years to spin a heartwarming yarn of love, fear, loyalty, surprises and the golden age of radio. It’s charming, it’s funny and it’s the metro Atlanta premier of this delightful show. You can meet both Simpson and Renshaw on opening night Friday where they will participate in a preshow interview event. The opening weekend is sponsored by the Mountain View Arts Alliance and includes dessert and dinner shows.

The story takes place in the fictitious, small North Carolina town of Shallowford. Young Ruthie Mock and her father, Burton, are hosting just another Saturday night get together at Mock’s General Store when the words blast thought the speaker of the classic stand-up tube-filled radio, that Earth is under attack! The men of Shallowford will not go down without a fight.

CenterStage North’s Production of The Battle of Shallowford opens Friday at The Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, and runs three weekends in October. For ticket information, visit or call (770) 331-0079.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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