The Georgia Center for the Book sponsors some 125 free author events each year. We’re the biggest nonprofit literary presenting organization anywhere around. We reach over 100,000 people each year with our various programs. And we’re proud of that; it represents a lot of work to provide readers all over Georgia with a valuable literary asset.
It’s also a heck of a lot of fun. And it’s fun when some of “our own” are taking the lead role in events. Like for instance in next several weeks you’ll find some fascinating, informative events coming up thanks to people who help guide the work of the Center for the Book. On Monday, March 28, we’ll partner with the Wren’s Nest — the home of Joel Chandler Harris, creator of Uncle Remus — for a program featuring Anne Trubek, an author who has written an intriguing book about literary homes in America. The connection? Lain Shakespeare, who is director of the Wren’s Nest, is also a member of the board of the Center for the Book.
The next night, Tuesday the 29th, another member of our board — Atlantan Collin Kelley — will again host our increasingly popular “Poetry Atlanta Presents” series. Then on Wednesday the 30th, we’ll have the wonderful author Terry Kay here to launch his brand new novel, “Bogmeadow’s Wish.” The connection? Terry is an honorary member of the Center for the Book’s board.
On April 7, we’ll welcome the literary scholar Pearl McHaney — the wife of another member of our board — for a lecture on the life and work of the late playwright Tennessee Williams, whose birth centennial observance is this year. And finally on April 11, one of America’s leading scholars, Dr. Rudolph Byrd, will present a special lecture on Jean Toomer’s classic novel “Cane.” You can probably guess the connection by now — Dr. Byrd is another honorary member of our board.
It’s a treat for us to be able to share, and we’re grateful to our members who make it happen. We’re also grateful to you for attending these events in such consistently satisfying numbers; without you, there’s little reason for us.