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Lewis sets book-signing

ALBANY -- Sonja Lewis' whirlwind journey from Southwest Georgia to New York City to the United Kingdom will come full-circle Tuesday when she returns home for a book-signing at the Albany Area Arts Council at 215 N. Jackson St.

The former Albany Herald reporter, who left Southwest Georgia to take a position with the Girl Scouts in New York, is now a freelance journalist and columnist in the UK.

She recently published her first novel, "The BarrEnness."

The novel delves into many topics regarding a woman's choice to have (or not have) children, as told from the perspective of a woman in her late 40s who has not had children.

Lewis incorporates her ties to the South in "The BarrEnness," which is set in a small Georgia community.

She vividly discusses in her work family values and other ethical issues that are drawn from her personal experiences.

Among the timely topics she writes about are the inextricable link between motherhood and womanhood, black and Georgia culture, the trend of women having children early in their lives and the legacy of childless women.

The author remains an active supporter and participant in activities that involve Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Red Cross, the World Association of Girl Guides, and Girl Scouts as well as Habitat for Humanity International.

Distinguished professors from Valdosta State University and area leaders are among the invited guests expected to attend Tuesday's book-signing, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.