Maxine Pinson Easom & Patsy Hawkins Arnold: ACROSS THE RIVER

Event date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event Location

Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation
498 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30601

Avid Bookshop presents Maxine Pinson Easom and Patsy Hawkins Arnold for their book, Across the River: The People, Places, and Culture of East Athens. This event will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation beside our Prince Avenue bookshop and is free and open to the public. This is going to be a celebration of all things East Athens! We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the authors, which would make great birthday or holiday gifts for those who grew up on the Eastside of Athens or live there now!

You can purchase this event book online from Avid Bookshop here!


With 648 pages containing 451 illustrations, many never before published, this book not only fills a gap in the known history of Athens, Georgia, but also provides first-hand accounts of early and mid-20th century community life.


Maxine Pinson Easom and Patsy Hawkins Arnold are native East Athenians: Maxine grew up on Little Oconee Street; Patsy grew up on Oak Street. They attended Oconee Street Elementary, attended church and Vacation Bible School at both Oconee Street Methodist and East Athens Baptist churches, and reared their children in East Athens.

Over the past six years, having both retired from careers with the Clarke County School District, they have devoted their time and efforts to discovering, describing, and drafting the history of the neighborhood community that gave them the values, skills, and faith that have shaped their lives. Through research that included interviews with neighbors, school mates, family, and friends, they have brought to life an integral part of Athens that has long been overlooked, proving for the first time a clear view of the origin of the city and a history that spans into the current day.