THOMASVILLE — Ted Geltner refers to novelist Harry Crews as the “Hemingway of Georgia.” 

Geltner hosted a book signing for his latest book, “Blood, Bone, & Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews,” at The Bookshelf on Saturday afternoon. 

“He is a great subject because he has so many different eras of his life, including ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies,” Geltner said.  

Geltner refers to Crews as Georgia’s incarnation of Ernest Hemingway because Crews has the same vibe as Hemingway, but with a Southern twist. 

Now a journalism professor and adviser for the student newspaper at Valdosta State University, Geltner knew Crews from his days as a reporter for The Gainesville Sun in Florida. During his stint as a reporter, Geltner wrote numerous articles on Crews. 

Geltner said he started thinking of interviewing Crews back in 2010. He said Crews was generous with his time and loved to talk and tell stories. 

The biography of Crews is the the “first full-length biography of the legendary novelist and journalist,” according to the book’s official website. 

Published in May by the University Press of Georgia, Geltner held many events regarding the book since publication, including events in Gainesville and Los Angles, California. 

Geltner said the book signing went well, as he got to connect with “interesting people, former students and tourists.” 

A discussion of the book will be held at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival on Sept. 4. Geltner also has events scheduled in November for Tampa and Miami, Florida. 

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Reporter Jordan Barela can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826. 

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