For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Maryann Austin is a Lord Fairfax Community College alumnus from our Fauquier Campus. She was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Winchester, Virginia. She has authored a second book entitled, “In the Land of Cotton,” and will be conducting a book signing on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Winchester Book Gallery.
She took classes in Warrenton over 20 years ago, when the only instructional building on the property was “The Barn.” Her passion has always been in writing and literature and she recalls an assignment given by Professor Glen LaFantasie as truly influential: Produce a written diary of what it was like to be a Negro slave woman before the onset of the Civil War. Another Professor, Paula Lassiter, is remembered for assigning a project to her literature class, whereas Maryann produced journal entries from a mother’s point of view regarding death and chaos during the Bubonic plague outbreak.
“It was never a matter of writing a book, it was just when,” proclaimed Austin. Her first book, “Choking Butterflies”, was published in 2012. Soon after, she started on her next book, “In the Land of Cotton” and it was released in May of this year. The latest book is a work of fiction, but historical dates referenced are true to form. The female character takes on the persona of her dead brother and fights as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. Where every story seems to have a hero from innocence to maturity, this one has more than a few surprising twists and turns.
“There are more books to come,” says Austin. Finding quiet time, while raising two boys is not always easy, but possible, as demonstrated by her previous books. She even finds time to quilt and make pysanky eggs (Ukrainian Easter Eggs). To learn more about Maryann Austin, go to her website at http://maryannaustin.webs.com.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.