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July 2015

Brian Panowich, July 8, 2015

From a remarkable new voice in Southern fiction, a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance. In a sweeping narrative spanning decades and told from alternating points of view, the novel brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. A story of family—the lengths men will go to protect it, honor it, or in some cases destroy it—Bull Mountain is an incredibly assured debut that heralds a major...

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Self-Publishing Seminar Vol. 2: What to do now that the ink is dry… , July 11, 2015

The Georgia Center for the Book is proud to host the second in our series of Self-Publishing seminars, focusing this time around on what to do once you’ve put your book into print. Traversing the maze of self-publishing options is but the beginning. You’ve done your research. You’ve found a home. You’ve edited your work and compiled it into the book of your dreams. You hold your book in your hand, ready to offer it...

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Maggie Mitchell, July 13, 2015

Join us as we welcome Maggie Mitchell, who will discuss her debut novel Pretty Is, a fiercely imagined tale in which two young women face what happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted them The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later,...

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Brooke Hatfield presents The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader, July 15, 2015

The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader is a book of illustrations of Welty and words inspired by select illustrations. All profits will support the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, Mississippi. The Reader team is Brooke Hatfield, Kate Medley, and Emily Wallace, who were drawn together by a mutual love of bourbon and southern stories.

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Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle, July 20, 2015

Prohibition in Atlanta, from local authors Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle, recounts the colorful history of Atlanta’s struggle to freely enjoy a drink. After the Civil War, state and national Prohibition galvanized in Atlanta the issues of classism, racism and anti-immigrant sentiment. While many consider flappers and gangsters the iconic images of the era, in reality, it was marked with temperance zealotry, blind tigers and white lightning. Georgia’s protracted and intense battle changed the industrial...

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Rob Weintraub, July 21, 2015

No Better Friend tells the tale of flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair’s relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings...

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Scott Hawkins, July 22, 2015

Scott Hawkins’s brilliantly crafted debut The Library at Mount Char announces a new voice among the ranks of contemporary fantasy greats such as Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, and Lev Grossman. The Library at Mount Char is equal parts gripping contemporary fantasy, riveting thriller, and vivid horror. Yet Hawkins’s masterful new novel is also marked by a deadpan, darkly playful sense of humor, with a quirky cast of characters including a Buddhist burglar-turned-plumber, a lion named...

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Tiya Miles, July 27, 2015

The Cherokee Rose, a luminous but highly accessible work examines a little-known aspect of America s past slaveholding by Southern Creeks and Cherokees and its legacy in the lives of three young women who are drawn to the Georgia plantation where scenes of extreme cruelty and equally extraordinary compassion once played out.

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Poetry Atlanta Presents...Lyn Pedersen and Brent Calderwood, July 29, 2015

Poetry Atlanta returns to the Georgia Center for the Book stage, featuring poets Lynn Pedersen and Brent Calderwood, and hosted by Collin Kelley. Lynn Pedersen’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including New England Review, Ecotone, Southern Poetry Review, Borderlands, and Other Countries: Poets Rewiring History. She is the author of two chapbooks, Tiktaalik, Adieu and Theories of Rain. Carnegie Mellon University Press is publishing her collection The Nomenclature of Small Things in 2016...

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