“Book and Buffet: An Evening with Rheta Grimsley Johnson” Aug. 28 at AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – “Book and Buffet: An Evening with Rheta Grimsley Johnson” will be presented Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum The event is a benefit to restore the historic Miriam S. Brown School in Opelika into an area-wide community cultural and small-conference center.

The event is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, the Auburn University Community Orchestra, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Arts Association of East Alabama, Envision Opelika and the Auburn Chamber Music Society.

There are two options for tickets. “First Edition” includes a talk by Johnson, a copy of her latest book, a book signing and a buffet of southern specialties and cash bar. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person.

“Second Edition” begins at 7 p.m. and includes all of the above except admission to Johnson’s talk. Tickets are $45. For ticket information, call The Arts Association of East Alabama at (334) 749-8105.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, a 1977 graduate of Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts and winner of the 1974-75 National Pacemaker Award, served on the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before becoming a syndicated columnist. Her awards include the National Headliner Award for commentary in 1985, the Scripps Howard Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for outstanding human interest reporting in 1984 and was Scripps Howard Writer-of-the-Year from 1983-85. Her books include “America’s Faces”; “Good Grief,” the authorized biography of Charles Schulz; and “Poor Man’s Provence.”

For more information about the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and its programs, call (334) 844-4946, email cah@auburn.edu or visit http://media.cla.auburn.edu/cah.

Contact: Maiben Beard, (334) 844-4903 (meb0015@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)