Monday, July 7, 2014
Luke Chaffin, Special Projects Coordinator
Last Stop Gift Shop Contact:
Charlene Mathis, manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fantasy work by late local author to be debuted at Last Stop Gift Shop
ROME, GA. — A special book debut event featuring the work of the late Jason Fordham will be held at the Last Stop Gift Shop on Thursday, July 10, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Fordham’s first and only novel, Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone, was published in his memory by friend and colleague Jim Curry, highlighting the author’s diverse array of talents.
“Jason was an avid reader, actor, director, producer, game designer, and writer—to mention only a few of his creative and intellectual endeavors” said Jim Curry. “While most of his life’s work was devoted to community theater, Jason was just as passionate about his other pursuits.”
Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone tells the tale of Caleb and best friend Simon, two youths who set out on a hike to the forbidden ring of ancient stones. En route to their destination, Caleb finds magic, adventure, danger and excitement everywhere they go. Along the way, the main character makes another discovery—he has a twin brother. The main characters journey with an assemblage of companions and fellow travelers, as they look for Caleb’s long-lost sibling.
Fordham passed away at age 39 in September 2013, following a four-year battle with cancer. While many Romans remember Fordham as the manager at the American Eagle Outfitters of Mt. Berry Square Mall, the author/actor/director/producer was perhaps best-known for his association with the Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.
At the time of his death, Fordham was a member of the boards of directors for both the Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation. From 2009 to 2011, he served as president of the Rome Little Theatre Board of Directors. Born in Carrollton, Fordham came to Rome to pursue a degree in music and English from Shorter College.
In 2009, Jason published his first book, a novella, entitled Bastard’s Persecution, a story about a boy and his crusade against the effects of religious mass hysteria. Fordham also designed two games: Dig and Deck of Thieves, both of which were circulated worldwide on Kickstarter.com. Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone was to be the first book in a series of adventure novels.
“We are so thankful that Jason took the initiative to put his thoughts and ideas down on paper, and that he was able to share his wonderful, creative talent as a result of those who knew him best,” said Charlene Mathis, manager of the Last Stop Gift Shop & Rome-Floyd Visitor Center.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Copies of Fordham’s books will be available for purchase at the debut. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help support community theater in Rome and Floyd County. The family of the late author will also be present for this special event.
For more information on the Rome Little Theatre and Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, including the recently established Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund, visit www.DesotoTheatre.com.
For more information about the debut event of Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone,call 706.295.5576. The Last Stop Gift Shop is located inside the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 402 Civic Center Drive, across from Applebee’s in Rome.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.