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January 2017

The Big Read: Brother, I'm Dying, January 25, 2017

Local Atlanta authors including Jessica Handler, Jamie Iredell, Soniah Kamal, and Ajay Vishwanathan talk about the writing process, how their own writing experiences or influences relate to Edwidge Danticat’s and the art of sharing your own story through memoir or fiction.

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Sue Walker, January 30, 2017

In It’s Good Weather for Fudge: Conversing with Carson McCullers, Sue Walker imagines a friendship and conversation with McCullers as they share memories of two women growing up in the Deep South, McCullers in Georgia and Walker in Alabama. The past becomes the present in this poem that ranges from love and war to sickness and health, fudge and friendship. Its many allusions to the life and works of Carson McCullers make it a kind...

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Jonathan Rabb, January 31, 2017

Among the Living is a moving novel about a Holocaust survivor’s unconventional journey back to a new normal in 1940s Savannah, Georgia. Set amid the backdrop of America’s postwar south, Among the Living grapples with questions of identity and belonging, and steps beyond the Jewish experience as it situates Yitzhak’s story within the last gasp of the Jim Crow era. That he begins to find echoes of his recent past in the lives of the black...

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February 2017

Pearl McHaney, Connecting Lines: African American Men in Jails and Wars, February 1, 2017

In light of the calls for justice in the US, and hearing our leaders from many areas say that one action that should be taken is to consider others, to think about being in their shoes, their situations, to understand the daily fear people of color experience, Pearl McHaney will present the following series for the Georgia Center for the Book for Spring 2017. Pearl believes that the way to the future is not in...

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Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, PhD, February 9, 2017

Since Reconstruction, African Americans have served as key protagonists in the rich and expansive narrative of American social protest. Their collective efforts challenged and redefined the meaning of freedom as a social contract in America. During the first half of the 20th century, a progressive group of black business, civic, and religious leaders from Atlanta, Georgia, challenged the status quo by employing a method of incremental gradualism to improve the social and political conditions existent...

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Trudy Nan Boyce, February 23, 2017

Old Bones is a timely and penetrating mystery about the intersection of policing, racism, and the community—set in a city at its boiling point—from an author who’s been in the trenches and seen it all. A senseless act of violence. During a vigil calling for police reform, students from Spelman College, a historically black women’s institution, are assaulted by rifle fire from a passing vehicle. On her way to interview witnesses, Detective Sarah “Salt” Alt confronts the...

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Poetry Atlanta Presents ... Call & Response, February 27, 2017

Collin Kelley and Karen Head, two award-winning poets will read their poetry round-robin style, selecting poems on the fly to find common themes, moods and imagery.

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Troy Ball and Bret Witter, February 28, 2017

Troylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate investor, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their mute, wheelchair-bound son Coulton, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous. To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Nearing fifty, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. But in this...

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March 2017

Pearl McHaney, Connecting Lines: Gangs, Bullies, and Difference, March 1, 2017

In light of the calls for justice in the US, and hearing our leaders from many areas say that one action that should be taken is to consider others, to think about being in their shoes, their situations, to understand the daily fear people of color experience, Pearl McHaney will present the following series for the Georgia Center for the Book for Spring 2017. Pearl believes that the way to the future is not in...

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Pearl McHaney, Connecting Lines: Choices and Their Consequences, March 29, 2017

In light of the calls for justice in the US, and hearing our leaders from many areas say that one action that should be taken is to consider others, to think about being in their shoes, their situations, to understand the daily fear people of color experience, Pearl McHaney will present the following series for the Georgia Center for the Book for Spring 2017. Pearl believes that the way to the future is not in...

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April 2017

Pearl McHaney, Connecting Lines: Individuals and Communities, April 19, 2017

In light of the calls for justice in the US, and hearing our leaders from many areas say that one action that should be taken is to consider others, to think about being in their shoes, their situations, to understand the daily fear people of color experience, Pearl McHaney will present the following series for the Georgia Center for the Book for Spring 2017. Pearl believes that the way to the future is not in...

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