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Southwest Georgia coach/administrator Graham Lowe book-signing guest

Family friend to open her home to supporters, friends of author Graham Lowe

New author Graham Lowe, left, who coached and taught for 58 years, talks about his book “It’s a Grand Old School” during a recent book-signing at the house of Albany attorney Spencer Lee. (Carlton Fletcher)

New author Graham Lowe, left, who coached and taught for 58 years, talks about his book “It’s a Grand Old School” during a recent book-signing at the house of Albany attorney Spencer Lee. (Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — Graham Lowe is known throughout Southwest Georgia as one of the finest high school coaches and administrators to have served in the area.

But Lowe’s “second career” as a writer is what’s bringing him attention these days.

Lowe’s recently completed book “It’s a Grand Old School,” which includes remembrances of dozens of Albany High School students, teachers and administrators, is one of 2013’s literary highs of the region, lauded by former Albany High students and others who enjoy a trip down memory lane, to a time when, as the author says, “Albany was still a wonderful place to live.”

“It’s a Grand Old School” has been available at a pair of previous book-signing events at the home of attorney Spencer Lee and at the Merry Acres Event Center.

Others who may not have purchased their copy of Lowe’s book will have an opportunity to do so Saturday when Mariellen Johnson Bateman hosts an “open house/book signing” at her 2409 E. Doublegate Drive home. The event, which is open to the public, will last from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Betty and I are so humbled and thankful that a dear friend like Mariellen would open her home to people who might want to get copies of the book or just come by and visit with us,” Lowe said. “We have no way of knowing how many people will be there, but we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to talk with them all.”