2017 Books All Georgians Should Read
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August 2017

Poetry Atlanta Presents Franklin Abbott, August 21, 2017

Poetry Atlanta Presents another evening of poetry, featuring Franklin Abbott. More information is forthcoming!

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The Book as Art: Illuminated -- Gallery Opening, August 25, 2017

Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb Country Public Library are pleased and honored to be the hosts of the 2017 Book As Art: Illuminated exhibit! The exhibition is located in the Periodicals Gallery at the Decatur Library through September 29, 2017. Artist books take many forms – from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative, abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. This juried show celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection...

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2017 Fall Book Preview, August 29, 2017

Back once again by popular demand is one of our most exciting programs for the end of the summer. Representatives from America’s biggest publishers will return to the library to talk about the exciting new books that will be published this fall. It’s a unique opportunity to get an advance look at notable upcoming book titles in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fantasy and many more! Come meet and chat with...

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September 2017

The Book as Art: White Glove Nights, September 7, 2017

Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb Country Public Library are pleased and honored to be the hosts of the 2017 Book As Art: Illuminated exhibit! The exhibition is located in the Periodicals Gallery at the Decatur Library through September 29, 2017. Thursday evening, September 7, 2017, we will host the first ”White Glove Night”, when we put away the ”do not touch” signs, and provide participants with white gloves- allowing firsthand exploration of the...

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Eleanor Henderson, September 14, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Henderson discusses The Twelve Mile Straight, an audacious American epic set in rural Georgia during the years of the Depression and Prohibition. Cotton County, Georgia, 1930: in a house full of secrets, two babies-one light-skinned, the other dark-are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper’s daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby...

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James Forman Jr. , September 18, 2017

In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why. Forman shows us that the first...

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Maryn McKenna, September 19, 2017

In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America’s favorite meat safer again. What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it’s raised directly...

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The Book as Art: White Glove Nights, September 21, 2017

Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb Country Public Library are pleased and honored to be the hosts of the 2017 Book As Art: Illuminated exhibit! The exhibition is located in the Periodicals Gallery at the Decatur Library through September 29, 2017. Thursday evening, September 7, 2017, we will host the second and final ”White Glove Night”, when we put away the ”do not touch” signs, and provide participants with white gloves- allowing firsthand exploration...

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Stephanie Perkins, September 26, 2017

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque...

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