Thursday, April 4, 2013

Colum McCann and George Packer to appear in Atlanta

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Colum McCann
  • Brendan Bourke
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Hot on the heels of Rachel Maddow's sold-out appearance at Symphony Hall, A Cappella Books and the Decatur Book Festival have announced that two heavyweight authors are headed to Atlanta in June.

On June 10, National Book Award-winning novelist Colum McCann will read at the Carter Center. That'll be just a few days after the release of TransAtlantic, the follow up to his much-lauded novel Let the Great World Spin. Like that previous effort, TransAtlantic promises to draw a few historical figures into the framework of the novel.

On June 19, New Yorker staff writer George Packer will also head to the Carter Center to discuss his latest book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. Packer's 2005 book, The Assassin's Gate, is largely regarded as the first definitive book about America's invasion of Iraq. His latest looks at the past few decades of American history and popular figures "from Newt Gingrich to Jay Z" as a way of exploring an empire in decline.

The announcement seems to mark an ambitious elevation in programming for both the festival and the bookstore. We'll have more coverage as the dates get closer.

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