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April 2015

T.C. Boyle, April 21, 2015

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

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Jennifer Teege, April 22, 2015

When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf, she had no idea that her life would be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List—a man known and reviled the world over. Co-written by award-winning journalist Nikola Sellmair, My Grandfather Would Have Shot...

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Jessica Hagy, April 23, 2015

It’s the perfect meeting of minds. One, a general whose epigrammatic lessons on strategy offer timeless insight and wisdom. And the other, a visual thinker whose succinct diagrams and charts give readers a fresh way of looking at life’s challenges and opportunities. A Bronze Age/Information Age marriage of Sun Tzu and Jessica Hagy, The Art of War Visualized is an inspired mash-up, a work that completely re-energizes the perennial bestseller and makes it accessible to...

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Alice Friman and William Wright, April 27, 2015

William Wright’s eighth collection of poems, Tree Heresies is an expansive personal journey that includes poems about subjects as varied as a farm woman forsaken by her husband, yellow jackets, insomnia, a mountain witch, salt marshes, a ditch filled with rainwater, and even a post-apocalyptic portrait of the last person on Earth. Wright, the series editor of the multi-volume The Southern Poetry Anthology and assistant editor for Shenandoah, is co-editor of the forthcoming Hard Lines:...

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E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott, April 29, 2015

In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683–1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches. Going home...

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Poetry Atlanta Presents...Bruce Covey and Megan Volpert, April 30, 2015

Poetry Atlanta returns with an evening of poetry from Bruce Covey and Megan Volpert. Bruce Covey’s sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was published in 2014 by Noemi Press. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he published and edits Coconut Magazine and Coconut Books and curates the What’s New in Poetry video reading series for the web community Real Pants. He also serves as Small Press Editor for Boog City and has taught at Yale, Emory,...

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May 2015

Sandy Tolan, May 1, 2015

Children of the Stone chronicles Ramzi’s journey--from stone thrower to music student to school founder--and shows how through his love of music he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war. This is a story about the power of music, first, but also about freedom and conflict, determination and vision. It’s a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the prospects of...

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Elle Luna, May 4, 2015

The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—the path between Should and Must is about choice. Whether between jobs, careers, callings, going to work or becoming one with your work, The Crossroads of Should and Must guides us from the small moment, discovering our Must, to the big moment—where we actually do something about it.

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Sarah J. Maas, May 7, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in a thrilling new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blends Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal,...

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Rob Weintraub, May 11, 2015

No Better Friend tells the remarkable story of Royal Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in an internment camp during WWII. Judy was a fiercely loyal animal who sensed danger and instinctively mistrusted anyone in enemy uniform. Their relationship deepened throughout their imprisonment. The prisoners suffered severe beatings which Judy would interrupt with her barking. The dog became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a...

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Story River Books Presents: An Evening with Pat Conroy and Friends, May 18, 2015

Pat Conroy, best-selling author and editor-at-large for Story River Books, will host a panel discussion featuring four authors whose works are recently released from the series imprint of the University of South Carolina Press. Conroy will be joined by South Carolinians John Lane, Bernie and Maggie Schein, and the Townsend Prize for Fiction and Lillian Smith Book Award winner, Mary Hood. Books will be available for guests to purchase and have signed at the...

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Jeffrey Deaver, May 19, 2015

Georgia Center for the Book alum and best-selling thriller novelist Jeffrey Deaver returns to discuss his latest Kathryn Dance novel Solitude Creek. In this latest thriller, Dance; a brilliant California Bureau of Investigation agent and body language expert, must track down the perpetrator obsessed with turning people’s own fears and greed into weapons. Knowing that attacks are planned, Dance and her team must race against the clock to find where he will strike next...

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Joe Barry Carroll, May 20, 2015

Growing Up is the true and evocative story of seven-foot-tall Joe Barry Carroll, Purdue All-American, over-all first round NBA draft pick, wealth adviser, painter, author, and philanthropist. Carroll’s southern-comfort prose and impressionistic paintings lend a reminiscent and familiar quality to a uniquely individual story. Carroll’s presentation will include images and readings from his memoir. Books will be available for guests to purchase and have signed at the event.

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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Gallery Show, May 22, 2015

The Southern Breeze Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is pleased to host their annual Gallery Show at the Decatur Library. The focus of the show is on children’s book illustration and the power of visual art and the written word in story-telling. The illustration on display will be accompanied by a copy of book, or publication, in which the art appears. The Show will run through mid-June in the...

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Charles Leerhsen, May 28, 2015

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty is a fascinating and authoritative biography of perhaps the most controversial player in baseball history, Ty Cobb. Who is the real Ty Cobb? Setting the record straight, Charles Leerhsen pushed aside the myths, traveled to Georgia and Detroit, and re-traced Cobb’s journey, from the shy son of a professor and state senator who was progressive on race for his time, to America’s first true sports celebrity. In the process, he tells...

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Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, May 29, 2015

From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes Off The Page, a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships. Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the...

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