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Gwinnett County Public Library to host cookbook author and James Beard Award-Winner Virginia Willis on September 7

NORCROSS — Gwinnett County Public Library is excited to welcome cookbook author and James Beard Award-winner Virginia Willis to the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center on September 7 at 7:30 pm.

Georgia-born, French-trained chef Virginia Willis is one of the most well-respected authorities on Southern cooking today. In her new book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the global south, Willis travels throughout the South and dives into the rich narrative shaping modern Southern food culture.

new book cover220Her articles have appeared nationally including Food52, CNN, All Recipes, Country Living, Eating Well, Family Fun, and Fine Cooking. The Chicago Tribune has named her one of “Seven Food Writers You Need to Know.” Willis lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center is located at 10 College St. in Norcross.

About Gwinnett County Public Library

The award-winning Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) system was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library. For more than 20 years, GCPL has provided resources and services that enrich and inspire our community. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. In 2016, more than 5 million items were checked out at GCPL, more than any other library system in Georgia. GCPL was recognized as a Top Workplace by The Atlanta-Journal Constitution in 2017 and 2018. For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services, visit