Lauretta Hannon

The Cracker Queen

With an unflinching voice reminiscent of Mary Karr, The Cracker Queen takes readers from backwater Warner Robins, Georgia, to Savannah’s most eccentric neighborhoods, for a wild ride featuring a distinctly dysfunctional family (including Crazy Aunt Carrie, who nearly kills all four of her husbands and is jailed for assaulting a police dog) and a lively crew of hellions, heroines, bad seeds and renegades (from a lady who keeps the Baby Jesus chained up in her front yard to the famous Goat Man of Georgia), all of which gave Lauretta the resilience and humor that are now the hallmarks of her Cracker Queen approach to life.  Full of warmth, outrageous wit, and world-class storytelling, The Cracker Queen is a celebration of living out loud, finding humor in desperate situations and loving life to death.

Lauretta Hannon is the author of The Cracker Queen—A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life and a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Since 2000, she has also been known for her Georgia Public Radio stories and as a contributing writer to Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference and Cobb Life Magazine.  Hannon has also worked as the vice president of an advertising agency, university executive, newspaper columnist, fortune teller, independent radio producer, cocktail waitress and longtime writing instructor.  In 2010, she became a Hambidge Fellow upon completion of a writer’s residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

Hannon lives with her husband in an old house in historic downtown Powder Springs. More importantly, she writes in a 12’x12’ shed in the back yard.  Most of all, she laughs.

The Savannah Book Festival is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual, weekend-long festival of the written and spoken word, February 18-20, 2011. It remains free and open to the public at Telfair Square, in the Historic District of Savannah, Ga.

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