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Folks across America were turned on to the talents of Atlanta's own Pearl Cleage when her novel What Looks Like Crazy on An Ordinary Day was inducted into Oprah's Book Club. Local audiences, however, have enjoyed Cleage's writing for years -- in plays like Flyin' West, newspaper columns and more. This month, Cleage steps from behind her keyboard to host a three-part series of conversations, titled SisterSpeak & More, at Spelman College. Designed to explore the voice of black women writers, the series starts FEB. 4 with "An Evening With Pearl Cleage." On FEB. 11 and 18, events include dialogues between Cleage and authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Tayari Jones, respectively. Feb. 4: $5-$10 (proceeds to benefit Spelman). 8 p.m. Baldwin Burroughs Theatre. Feb. 11 and 18: Free. 4 p.m. Cosby Auditorium. Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane. 404-270-5013. www.spelman.edu.

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