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Simon Winchester
September 30th, 2014

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September 2014

Simon Winchester, September 30, 2014

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers The Men Who United the States, his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout...

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October 2014

Carl Hiaasen, October 1, 2014

The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to partner with Little Shop of Stories to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, who serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink: No Surrender. Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of...

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Tracey Laird, October 6, 2014

Austin City Limits--the longest running musical showcase in the history of television--is still captivating audiences forty years after its debut on the air. For decades it has defined the popular roots of music to indie rock—from Willie Nelson’s legendary pilot show to the performances of BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chet Atkins, Bonnie Raitt Ray Charles, Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. With unprecedented access behind the scenes at tapings of shows, author Tracey...

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B.J. Novak, October 7, 2014

The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to partner with Little Shop of Stories as we welcome the hilarious and talented B.J. Novak to the Decatur Library Auditorium. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even...

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Jesmyn Ward and Natasha Trethewey in Conversation, October 9, 2014

Please join us for a special event featuring National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha in conversation at First Baptist Church Decatur. Ms. Ward, on tour for the paperback release of Men We Reaped will be joined on stage by Trethewey to discuss their writing influences, and in particular, how life on the Gulf Coast pre-and post-Hurricane Katrina shaped their work. Ward’s Men We Reaped: A...

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James McPherson, October 13, 2014

From Pulitzer Prize–winning author James McPherson, comes Embattled Rebel, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy. History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it would have torn the United States in two and preserved the institution of slavery. Many Americans in Davis’s own time and in later generations considered him...

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Charlie Lovett, October 22, 2014

New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett returns with First Impressions, a thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of...

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