Chapter Seven 

Reading into a season of letters

1 The Margaret Mitchell Center's Center for Southern Literature has another full calendar of big-name authors. Highlights include: Melissa Fay Greene, author of There Is No Me Without You, about an Ethiopian woman who runs a refuge for children orphaned by AIDS (Thurs., Sept. 7, 7 p.m.); and Mike Luckovich, Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist and author of Four More Wars!!! (Sept. 19, 7 p.m.; also appearing at the Georgia Center for the Book on Sept. 25, see below); Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), reading from the final book in the 13-book A Series of Unfortunate Events, titled The End (Oct. 18 at the Ferst Center); Alice Walker, author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For (Nov. 14); and many more.

$5-$15 for most events. Margaret Mitchell House Visitors Center (unless otherwise noted), 990 Peachtree St. 770-578-3502.

2 The Georgia Center for the Book presents another impressive season of important authors, including Janis Cooke Newman, author of Mary, a fictional biography of an institutionalized Mary Todd Lincoln (Sept. 11, 7:15 p.m.); Tom Mullen, author of The Last Town on Earth, a novel about a self-quarantined town during the 1918 flu epidemic; Mike Luckovich, author of Four More Wars!!! (Sept. 25, 7:15 p.m.); and Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill, the story of a plucky North Carolina orphan during the Reconstruction (Oct. 23, 7:15 p.m.).

Free. Decatur Library (unless otherwise noted), 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450.

3 The Word Diversity Collective returns with the Art Amok series of eclectic spoken-word events, integrating other forms of performing and visual art. Winners receive $50 and a place on the 2006-2007 Art Amok Slam Team. (Word Diversity Collective will also present National Slam Champion Sonya Renee on Oct. 21.)

$5. Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.

4 Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery offers several literary events, including: Christopher Stevens and Terra Elan McVoy present the latest Info Demo, on the theme of "Little Things Mean a Lot." Informative, artful readings and presentations on a different topic every other month ($3, Sept. 14, 9 p.m.). The Atlanta Poets Group presents its latest Language Harm on the topic of "Really Bad Feelings." Smart, cerebral silliness ($4, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., with another Language Harm on Nov. 17).

290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-522-0655.

5 A Cappella Books presents several readings and live music events, including Josh Karp, author of A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever (Sept. 29, 7 p.m.). Continuing this fall, A Cappella hosts a political book discussion group on the third Monday of each month, at 7 p.m.

484-C Moreland Ave. 404-681-5128.

6 David Sedaris almost single-handedly turned the essayist into a rock star with his books and appearances on public radio and network TV, as well as his many spoken-work tours. The Grammy nominee and author of such compelling collections as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim serves up a one-night stand on Oct. 15.

$37.50. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

7 Outwrite Bookstore has a full calendar of readings and events, including Poetry Night, hosted by Atlanta poet Frank Abbott and featuring spoken-word performances by Atlanta poets (Sept. 12, 8 p.m.); Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" and author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a memoir in the form of a graphic novel (Sept. 26, 8 p.m.); and former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, author of The Confession, a memoir of his political life (Oct. 6, 8 p.m.).

991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082.



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