Georgia Center for the Book Hosts: Cindy Woodsmall
April 29th | 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium
New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall will be sharing her secrets about writing and selling commercial fiction. With seven novels, four novellas, and a collaborative work of non-fiction to her name, Woodsmall will certainly have her share of insight.
Georgia Center for the Book and Poetry Atlanta are drawing National Poetry Month to a close with a bang! Contributors from this year's Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. 5 will rally together for an evening of readings. Host Collin Kelley will guide the evening of poetry that will include work from Chelsea Rathburn, David Bottoms, Thomas Lux, Judson Mitcham, Christopher Martin, and more!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a thought: Rather than celebrate the Ides of March the old-fashioned way this year, why not join Loose Change Magazine's revelry over at the Highland Ballroom? WonderRoot's literary magazine is back with a vengeance (sorry ... I couldn't resist) and celebrating the release of its third issue with an evening of readings, raffles, and dancing. Listen to Floyd Hall's interview with Managing Editor Molly Dickinson to learn more about what the magazine has been up to over the past year and what the evening will have in store.
Open to fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writers alike, Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program's 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.
This month, Write Club Atlanta puts its own spin on Women's History Month by pitting female writers against each other. Combatants Melody Benjamin, Sheronda Gipson, Suehyla El-Attar, Gina Rickicki, Emily Philp, and Maggie McEnemy have been tasked with harnessing their inner Amazons.
Somehow, even with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs hosting its annual conference in Boston this week, Atlanta still has a myriad of literary events taking place. We have too much momentum to stop now!
It's the first Monday of March, which means Bernard Setaro Clark and Gina Rickicki are back with NAKED CITY for another evening of unrestrained, unorthodox debauchery at the Goat Farm. This month's theme? BANG/WHIMPER. Competitors have five minutes to make their point or are forced to face the Wheel of Death. $10-25 pay-what-you-can at the door.
A biweekly writing workshop for writers of every make and model: essayists, poets, novelists - all are welcome. Take the opportunity to bond over the written word and get to know community, with or without writing in tow.
Partnering with the Carter Center Library and the Ossabaw Island Educational Alliance, the Georgia Center for the Book hosts author Paul Presley for a discussion of colonial Georgia and its integration into British Caribbean trade.
Dennis Kimbro addresses a wealth of economic travesty in his book The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires. The result of seven years of study of a thousand of the nation's wealthiest African-Americans, the book takes an honest and direct approach to the socioeconomic impact of the economic crisis on the African-American community at-large.
Open to fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writers alike - Charis Circle's From Margin to Center Literary Program's 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.
Carapace Raconteurs: Mean Lies and Dirty Love Tricks
Feb. 26 | 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Carapace has elected to bring February to a close with tales of romantic misdemeanors. Come take the stage at Manuel's Tavern and recount your most true betrayals of the heart. Readers will have five minutes to tell their tales - the event begins at 7:30.
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 a community - with or without writing in tow.
A unique writing workshop - writers of all genres are invited to share 10 minutes of their work aloud with a supportive community of authors who will provide constructive feedback for five minutes.
Doctorow's novels and nonfiction celebrate the freedoms afforded by the Internet while enumerating the countless corporate and government attempts to infringe on human rights online. A founder of Boing Boing, author of more than a dozen books, and a constant blogger and podcaster, Doctorow frequently makes his books available for free download. In his essay "Giving It Away," Doctorow advocates for the practice, saying ""Every writer who's tried giving away e-books to sell books has come away satisfied and ready to do it some more."
I spoke to Doctorow over the phone ahead of his upcoming appearance to sign and discuss his new book, Homeland, at the Decatur Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.. The book provides a sequel to Doctorow's 2008 bestseller Little Brother, set a few years in the future, but almost identical to contemporary times. Narrator Marcus Yallow describes how he became a 17-year-old hacktivist after being detained and abused by the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of a 9/11-style attack.
And what would Valentine's Day be without such rankings to remind us of the market economy's successful commodification of our unquenchable desires? This one comes courtesy of uStarNovels.com, an online publisher of customized romance and erotic novels. The company crunched data from 2,000 of its nationwide customers, gathered over the past few years, to deduce that Atlantans are hot to trot. Their simple, self-serving methodology included adding up the "number of erotic books ordered by city," then dividing by population to get a "Sexiest City Per Capita Ranking."
Here's the ranking of the top 10 sexiest cities in America, according to the company's sales data, and a word from its press release, which shamelessly plugs "Hotlanta":
3. Las Vegas
4. San Diego
9. New York
10. Los Angeles
Looks like the Biggest Romantics are located in Atlanta, with 3 times the amount of erotic books being purchased per capita than Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Diego. Earning the nickname 'Hotlanta', Atlanta ranks 6:1 over New York and Los Angeles (per capita).
In an ironic sort of way, these numbers could mean the exact opposite of what's intended. Could it be that Atlantans find so much lacking in their real love lives that they have to turn to desperate, paint-by-numbers fantasies for self-satisfaction? The company's online order form allows customers to input such details as character names, eye and hair color, favorite food, and favorite music to "co-author a 160 - 180 page authentic personalized" paperback at $35.95 a pop, in which Atlantans get to imagine themselves having lusty adventures in exotic locales around the world - i.e., anywhere besides home.
Or they could just read our annual Lust List issue, out today, and stalk some real-life Atlanta beauts. Either way, it's nice to know our standing as the City Too Consumed With Pent-Up Lust To Hate remains safe. For what it's worth, I hear we purchase a lotta dildoes per capita, too.
Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!
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