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WCU Instructor Publishes Collection of Local Stories

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 31, 2012 - Sharon Schamber-Jones, instructor of business at William Carey University, recently had her first book, entitled Gordon’s Creek Anthologies: A Compilation of Short Stories, Poetry, and Photos, published by Gordon’s Creek Press, Inc.  Schamber-Jones and her late husband, Bert Schamber, started Gordon’s Creek Press, Inc., in the early 1990’s and developed the idea of Gordon’s Creek Yacht Club, including the logo, which is a forum for Hattiesburg natives to share their stories. In addition to the publishing company, the corporation also offers Gordon’s Creek Yacht Club merchandise, including hats, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and Christmas ornaments, which can be purchased from www.GordonsCreek.com.

“The book is a light-hearted look at the lives of people of who grew up in Hattiesburg, recognizing the town as a very special place,” Schamber-Jones said. “These adventures and stories are over a span of 70 years.”
 Schamber-Jones began collecting stories and writing the poems in May 2012, and is currently collecting stories for a second volume with a deadline of July 15, 2013. The authors featured in Gordon’s Creek Anthologies are Pamela Breazeale, Rob Doherty, Mary Ellen Wilkins Eldridge, Mark A. Fairchild, Michael J. Gandy, John H. Heider, Sharon Turner Howse, Lynn Hocutt Inzerella, Barbara Bingham Johnson, Arthur Francis Kersh, Rick London, Sam Sorrells, Tammy Miller Taylor, Robert Vardaman, and Steve Wiest. Schamber-Jones has a story, a poem, and a dedication published in the book, as well. 

Schamber-Jones and her husband, Danny Jones, currently reside in Hattiesburg. In addition to teaching accounting and business law at WCU, she also has a CPA practice, Schamber-Jones, CPA, located on Hardy Street.  Her late husband Bert also taught accounting at Carey until his death in 2003.
Dr. Allison Chestnut, associate professor of language and literature, assisted in the editing of the book.
 

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(left to right) Sharon Schamber-Jones, instructor of business at William Carey University, presents a copy of her first book, entitled Gordon’s Creek Anthologies: A Compilation of Short Stories, Poetry, and Photos, to Sherry Laughlin, director of libraries and learning resources and professor of library sciences at WCU, who accepts it on behalf of Carey’s library. The book was published in October by Schamber-Jones’ corporation, Gordon’s Creek Press, Inc., and contains stories contributed by people who grew up in Hattiesburg.