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‘Just My Type’: Lee Walburn book of favorite columns still available at Cancer Navigator office

October 17, 2014 · News

JustMyType_CoverAward-winning journalist Lee Walburn is publishing a compilation of his columns from the past five decades – “Just My Type, 50 Years Preserved in Ink.”

The book is not for his own gain or glory. A cancer survivor, Walburn decided the time was right because he wants to help a cause close to his heart. So all proceeds from the book will benefit Cancer Navigators, a Rome-based nonprofit that helps cancer patients in Northwest Georgia and their loved ones on their journey.

Walburn is known for his heartfelt storytelling about everyday life. He prefers celebrating the brighter side of experiences rather than the grave. “I trust there are enough of you who won’t consider me foolish just because I frequently break out in a rash of good nature in this book, as well as in my latest incarnation as Saturday columnist for the Rome News-Tribune. I have decided that if I can’t enlighten the world, I will see if I can make it grin.”

Though he’s currently a beloved columnist for the Rome News- Tribune, Walburn’s writing and editing chops are known throughout Georgia and beyond.  Under his 15-year leadership as editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine, it won more than 200 awards for excellence, more than 80 of them national awards. He was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the national City and Regional Magazine Association and is a member of the Georgia Magazine Association Hall of Fame. As a writer he has won national, regional and state awards for magazine stories and for his columns.

Other authors are eager to herald Walburn’s writing. “It all begins with talent. Lee’s is God-given, but fine-tuned in a mill village where taking notice of things was an exercise in survival as well as a primer lesson in human behavior. He has always understood his writing was not about himself, but about the people and the events that became his subject matter,” says Terry Kay, a member of the Georgia Writers’ Hall of Fame and author of 14 books.

“Lee Walburn’s irresistible stories, laced with humor and heart, beg to be read twice: once for the sheer pleasure of it, and again to discover the higher truth,” writes Deborah Paul, author of “From Here to Maturity: Confessions of a Kid at Heart” and recipient of the City and Regional Magazine Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Walburn said it’s important to him that this retrospective book will help others facing cancer. It’s a challenge both he and his dear wife Jackie have both faced.

“At times small commercial presses have suggested publication of my writings covering the past 50 years. I have resisted. Chances of commercial success are small and I have arrived at an age when ego is overshadowed by more pressing matters. However, when Cancer Navigators Executive Director Charlotte Atkins zeroed in on the idea of this book as a fundraiser for a wonderful organization I seized on the prospect of at last doing something worthwhile with my words.”

Says, Atkins, “What a wonderful gift this is from Lee – to the patients it will help navigate through their treatment as well as to all the readers who will get to enjoy a collection of his incredible storytelling talent.  If you love Lee’s writing, this is a must-have. We hope folks will buy their own copies and then by extras to give as gifts. If by some chance you have never read Lee’s columns, then you are in for a major treat when you pick up ‘Just My Type.’”


“Just My Type” is expected to be available by mid-November. It is the centerpiece of Cancer Navigators’ fourth-quarter fundraising campaign. A minimum $25 donation to Cancer Navigators will get you a copy of the book. It will be for sale at Cancer Navigators and other locations around Rome to be announced. Copies may be pre-ordered here. Copies can be mailed Priority Mail to recipients for an additional $7.95 Shipping and Handling charge per each book. Click on the the donate button  below and donate at least $32.95 for each copy you would like mailed. Books will be mailed to billing addressed listed  unless otherwise specified. If you order multiple books, you may list the addresses in the message field if you have a Paypal account. Or you may send a separate email with detailed instructions on where to mail books. The $7.95 covers mailing a single copy within the continental U.S. For other arrangements, contact Cancer Navigators. You may also pre-order to reserve your copy to be picked up after publication.
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The book is being published by Wheredepony Press. The printing was underwritten by a donation from fellow cancer survivor and longtime Cancer Navigators volunteer Ethel Evans.

For more information on the book or for pre-ordering or mail order information, email or call 706-295-4119.


Rome News Tribune columnist Lee Walburn is former editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine. Under his 15-year leadership the magazine won more than 200 awards for excellence, more than 80 of them national awards. He was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the national City and Regional Magazine Association and is a member of the Georgia Magazine Association Hall of Fame. As a writer he has won national, regional and state awards for magazine stories and for his monthly column. In 2003, LaGrange College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

In addition to his career in magazine journalism, Walburn served as editor (1980-1985 of award-winning Atlanta Weekly, the erstwhile Sunday magazine of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition to his weekly column in that publication, from 1985-1987 he wrote a thrice-weekly general interest column for the AJC. Originally a sports reporter hired from the Macon Telegraph to cover minor league baseball for the AJC, in 1966 he served as Director Public Relations and Promotions for the Atlanta Braves, leaving in 1972 to form his own public relations company, Walburn & Associates, which was purchased by J. Walter Thompson Advertising in 1975.

A graduate of LaGrange High School, Walburn attended West Georgia Junior College and graduated from LaGrange College in 1959 with a B.A. in English. He is married to the former Jackie Miller of Armuchee. They have three children, Shannon Biggers of Armuchee, Steven Walburn of Augusta and David Walburn of Whitefish, Montana. They have seven grandchildren.


Cancer Navigators, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves Northwest Georgia as a complement to the medical expertise of cancer care providers by guiding those affected by cancer toward a better understanding of diagnosis and care and connecting them with needed resources in their journey.

The community-based nonprofit has been working cooperatively with local healthcare partners for more than five years and making a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of cancer patients in five Georgia counties and surrounding areas. The goal is to improve the quality of the cancer care experience for the cancer patient from initial screening and
diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship or end-of life care. All services are free to patients and their caregivers who are supported in their journey by a dedicated team of nurses, educators, social workers and volunteers working in coordination with the patients’ physicians. 

Cancer Navigators is 100 percent supported by donations, which are tax-deductible. Donations can be mailed to 3 Central Plaza, Suite 415, Rome GA 30161. For more information, call 706-295-4119 or visit the website at

 To arrange book signings or speaking engagements for Lee Walburn, contact Charlotte Atkins at or call 706-295-4119.



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