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Monday, April 22, 2013

ATL Bookmarks: Nine events to hit this week

Visiting author Mo Willems
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  • Visiting author Mo Willems
I have a very clear memory of writing Patricia C. Wrede a letter when I was about 9 years old. Totally consumed by her Enchanted Forest series, I passed many a childhood hour alongside her heroine, Princess Cimorene, and her slapdash group of adventuring friends. Writing Ms. Wrede about my enthusiasm for her endless imagination and wit accomplished more than just showering her with compliments - it forced me to put to words my own passion for the written word and storytelling. Friends today could hardly contest that writing the letter was anything short of formative.

This week, the Georgia Center for the Book announces the winners of its annual Letters About Literature contest, an amazing exercise that challenges students to personally address their love of literature to the authors who have affected them. This is a win for everyone: the authors, the students, and our literary community as a whole. What's not to celebrate?

Until I Say Goodbye Signing & Reading
April 23 | 7 p.m.
Jimmy Carter Library

Until I Say Goodbye is Susan Spencer-Wendel's firsthand account of her struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a debilitating condition that degenerates the nervous system's control over the muscles. Co-author Bret Witter comes to Atlanta to discuss Spencer-Wendel's perspective on life, death, humor, and dignity.

In Love with Defeat Signing & Reading
April 24 | 7 p.m.
Jimmy Carter Library

After a lifetime of journalistic pursuit in the South, H. Brandt Ayers has many a story to tell. His memoir of his life in publishing and journalism during the civil rights struggle, In Love With Defeat, goes beyond the birth and descent of the New South.

Peeled Magazine Launch Party
April 24 | 7:30 p.m.
The Argosy

Celebrate the launch of Atlanta's latest online magazine, Peeled. The publication is written for women by women, exploring feminism, life, self-improvement and sex.

Ivy Hall Writers Series Presents Pearl Cleage
April 24 | 6:30 p.m.
Ivy Hall

Atlanta playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage caps off her April residency at SCAD with a lecture at Ivy Hall. Cleage will discuss the impact that the dramatic arts can have on the communities in which they are performed. In June, Cleage begins her three-year residency with the Alliance Theatre as part of a grant with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Two Truths + A Lie
April 24 | 8 p.m.
Mary's

At this event at Mary's, writers present the audience with a challenge of deception vs. perception. Each reader will share three stories: two true, one false. The audience will be forced to choose which is a lie by show of applause. HYDEATL's Jayne O'Connor and Solar Anus' Amy McDaniel host readings from Benjamin Carr, Jared Kelley, and Will Young.

MO!
April 24 | 6 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium

Children's author Mo Willems returns to Atlanta with his latest book, That Is NOT A Good Idea!. In order to get a signed copy you must first purchase a new copy of the book from Little Shop of Stories. Procrastinating on doing so would not be a good idea.

Poetry Storytime
April 25 | 7 p.m.
Little Shop of Stories

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Little Shop of Stories hosts special readings of rhyming books, poems, and limericks.

An Evening of Poetry & Prose with Myra Shapiro
April 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Charis Books & More

Myra Shapiro's latest collection of poetry, 12 Floors Above the Earth, draws upon every aspect of her life and presents them all with a singular perspective. Exploring her heritage, inquisitive nature, convictions, and loyalty, 12 Floors Above the Earth is a romantic, intelligent, and honest compendium.

Georgia Center for the Book Presents Letters About Literature
April 27 | 2 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium

The Georgia Center for the Book hosts the winners of the annual Letters About Literature awards. Students are presented with the challenge of articulating the impact of literature on their lives by reaching out to their favorite author and writing them personally. This year's entries were submitted from across the country. A winner's reception will follow the readings.

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