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Readings & Signings: Ed Negri and Bill Balzer 

Tues., Aug. 7

In the days when Atlanta's action centered around downtown (circa the 1940s and '50s), Herren's "Around the Corner from Everywhere" restaurant was the prime place to eat, meet and hobnob. Restaurateur and author ED NEGRI recalls life at the restaurant during Herren's 50-year existence and the role it played in the city's history. His new book, Herren's: An Atlanta Landmark, recounts the rocky integration process of Atlanta's restaurants. Herren's led the way, becoming the city's first restaurant to peacefully integrate in 1963. On Tues., AUG. 7, Negri speaks about his book and Bill Balzer (pictured) screens his film showcasing the restaurant's place in Atlanta's Civil Rights history. Free. 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450. www.dekalblibrary.org.

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