This Goodly Land

Faye Gibbons (January 31, 1938–present)

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Faye Gibbons was born in Carter’s Quarter, Ga. Her family moved frequently, and, like many families in the mountains and mill towns of northern Georgia, they lacked the conveniences of electricity, indoor plumbing, and automobiles. Their chief entertainment was storytelling. Gibbons was nine years old when she first attended school, where she discovered a new world of stories through reading. After graduating from high school, Gibbons attended Oglethorpe University, Emory University, and Berry College, from which she earned a BA in 1961. She taught school in Georgia from 1961 to 1964. Gibbons attended graduate school at Auburn University in 1965. She taught school in Alabama from 1964 to 1969.

Gibbons stopped teaching in 1969 to raise her family. At this point, she also decided to pursue a writing career. Although she had told stories as a child to her brothers and sisters, she had never written them down. Her first book, Some Glad Morning, was published in 1982. Since then, she has written both fiction and nonfiction books and short stories. In addition, Gibbons frequently visits schools and libraries to meet her readers and encourage them to read widely and to write their own stories. She lives in Deatsville, Ala.

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Faye Gibbons writes books and short stories for younger readers. Most are based on her childhood growing up in the Georgia mountains and mill towns. Her stories also reflect her belief the importance of family and the power of dreams.

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Last updated on May 30, 2008.

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