Bailey White (b. 1950)
Bailey White first achieved popularity reading her local color essays on National Public Radio. Her distinctive, gravelly voice
White was born in 1950 in Thomasville. Both of her parents influenced her writing. Her father, Robb White, a writer of children's stories and film scripts, left the family to live and work in California while she was still a child. She shared his love of words, however, and began writing as a young teen. Reared by her mother, Rosalie, on a farm in Thomasville, White developed an admiration for the natural environment and for the people who depend on it for their well-being. Both play a central role in her writing.
After graduating from Florida State University, White returned to Thomasville.
The oral essays—based on truth and colored with the dialect and dialogue of the area—drew an enthusiastic listening public. As a result, publisher Addison-Wesley collected the essays under the title Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living and published the volume in 1993. In 1995 a second collection, Sleeping at the Starlite Motel and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home, followed. With these books White attracted an appreciative reading audience.
In her next book— Quite a Year for Plums,
In 1999 White took a break from her teaching position to devote herself to her writing career full time from her family home in Thomasville. She retains close ties with her south Georgia heritage and shares her southern wit and wisdom in oral presentations as well as in her writings.
White was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2008.
Charlotte Pfeiffer, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
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