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Monday, March 25, 2013

ATL Bookmarks: 8 Events to hit this week

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

A Raft of Grief
  • cover art compliments of Autumn House Press
  • A Raft of Grief

This week, Autumn House Press releases Chelsea Rathburn's latest collection of poetry, A Raft of Grief, with an intimate celebration at Inman Park's White Space Gallery. The collection, which was awarded the 2012 Autumn House Poetry Prize, is Rathburn's first release since 2005's The Shifting Line. Although I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading the collection in its entirety, I have grown especially fond of its title poem, which originally appeared in The Atlantic in 2008.

Writing With Intent
March 25 | 7-9 p.m.
Charis Books and More

Open to fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writers alike, this facilitated group is tailored for serious writers looking for a literary workshop to shape up their work and keep them focused. Suggested donation of $5.

Restless Fires Book Signing with James B. Hunt
March 26 | 7 p.m.
The Carter Library

It takes a rare man to walk the 1,000 miles from from Jeffersonville, Ky., to Cedar Key, Fla. Author James B. Hunt shares the legendary story of John Muir's 1867 trek in his new book Restless Fires.

Lee Brothers Book Signing
March 26 | 7 p.m.
The Optimist

This dinner and a book signing with food authors Matt and Ted Lee celebrates the release of their new cookbook The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. The collection is an intimate reflection on their youth in Charleston, S.C., and how the city's unique food culture shaped and refined their tastes as adults. Executive Chef Adam Evans will conduct the dinner - a collection of the brother's favorite recipes from the release. Limited seating, $65 in advance.

Raft of Grief Launch Party with Chelsea Rathburn
March 27 | 7p.m.
Whitespace Gallery

In her latest collection, A Raft of Grief, Chelsea Rathburn examines the depths and distance between loving relationships and narrative. She calls into question the storyteller's need to "sacrifice lovers and selves to the narrative arc" while introspectively navigating the pitfalls of love. Her book will be released with a reading and celebration at White Space Gallery in Inman Park. Read the title poem of the collection as published in the Atlantic.

Magnificent Chicken with Tamara Staples
March 27 | 7 p.m.
Little Shop of Stories

Little Shop of Stories invites fans of our feathered friends to celebrate the release of Tamara Staples' book of chicken portraits, Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl. Get a sneak peak over at Slate.

The Future of the Jews Book Signing with Stuart Eizenstat
March 27 | 7 p.m.
The Carter Library

International diplomat Stuart Eizenstat takes a critical look at the disparities facing the Jewish world, especially in the United States. Eizenstat examines how forces like economic instability and security will impact the future of the Jewish people.

What's New In Poetry Hosts Aaron McCollough, Jamie Iredell, Rebecca Hazelton, & Gale Marie Thompson
March 28 | 8 p.m.
Emory Bookstore

The Emory Poetry Council's reading series returns with a menagerie of literary talent. With more than a dozen published collections between them, readers Aaron McCollough, Jamie Iredell, Rebecca Hazelton, and Gale Marie Thompson are sure to wow you with their prowess.

Desperate Encounters
March 30th | 9 p.m.
The Star Bar

Atlanta's small press Safety Third Enterprises and HydeATL are joining forces to ask for your help. In an effort to raise funds for local legend Jayne O'Connor's forthcoming chapbook When You Meet the Devil Tip Your Hat,=, the two organizations are taking over the Star Bar for an evening of rowdy bliss. Hostess Amy McDaniel will present readings from Bill Taft, Rachel Trignano, Topher Payne, John Carroll, Gina Rickicki, and O' Connor. There will also be musical performances from the Ding Dong Family Circus, Adam Anzio, the Illiterates, and more.

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