If you are not in a tizzy about this year's Creative Loafing Fiction Contest, then what are you living for? (Get it? This year's theme was the meaning of life.) I'm excited to return to the Highland Ballroom for this year's winners to be announced, share a slice with our readers, spread the word about some books I like, and watch a mini-bout of Write Club Atlanta. If you're unable to attend the party this Thursday- don't fret. There's a bevy of other events this week to help validate your existence.
Kill Your Darlings Writer's Workshop
Jan. 7th | 8 p.m.
A bi-weekly writing workshop for writers of every make and model- essayists, poets, novelists- all are welcome. It's an opportunity to bond over the written word and get to know community- with or without writing in tow.
Georgia Center for the Book Presents Claire Bidwell Smith
Jan. 8th | 7:15 p.m.
The Decatur Library Auditorium
When Claire Bidwell Smith lost her father at the age of 14 and her mother at the age of 18 she stumbled into an existential crises not many teens would have the wherewithal to deal with. The result of her experiences is her debut memoir, The Rules of Inheritance. She'll be sharing excerpts and speaking at the Decatur Library this Tuesday. Gina Frangello interviewed Smith about the book at the Rumpus.
Brother Outsider Screening with Readings of Audre Lorde
Jan. 9 | 7 p.m.
The Philip Rush Center
After premiering at Sundance, Brother Outsider has spread the word about the life and work of Bayard Rustin, an unsung hero of the Civil Rights movement. This Wednesday Charis Circle, Out on Film, and Atlanta Pride have teamed up to bring a viewing of the film to Atlanta. The movie will be accompanied by the poems of Audre Lorde, as read by local appreciators of Lorde, Rustin, and their work.
The Creative Loafing Fiction Contest
Jan. 10th | 7 p.m.
The Highland Ballroom
We are proud to announce the winnrs of the 12th Annual Creative Loafing Fiction Contest at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. Attendees are invited to join in to not only discover the Meaning of Life, but to enjoy free pizza, a mini-bout of Write Club Atlanta, books from Vouched Books, and tunes from Sans Abri. Best yet, the event is free!
Ivy Hall Writers Series - Elmore and Peter Leonard
Jan. 10 | 6:30 p.m.
SCAD Atlanta Events Space, 1600 Peachtree St. NW
Father & son, Elmore and Peter Leonard, will be discussing their respective careers, being in a family of writers, and the differences between their writing processes. For a sneak peak, read this interview with the both of them at the Telegraph.
Executive Privilege release party
Jan. 11th | 8:00 p.m. Mary's
Mary's in East Atlanta hosts the official release party for Johnny Drago and Maxe Crandall's collaborative novel, Executive Privilege.
Sistas Speak: Negotiating Identities and Politics in the New South
Jan. 11th | 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Bettina Love, visiting from the University of Georgia, graces Charis not only to discuss her latest book, Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Identities and Politics in the New South, but to speak with young Atlanta women about the implications of Hip Hop on their everday lives.
Georgia Center for the Book Presents Richelle Mead
Jan. 12th | 7:15 p.m.
The Decatur Library Auditorium
If you're a fan of the vampire craze then Saturday night is your night. Richelle Mead will be arrving in Atlanta with the latest installation of her Bloodlines series, The Indigo Spell.
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