Books All Georgians Should Read

Authors of the Month: January

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The Big Read: Brother, I'm Dying

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

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...

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Jonathan Rabb

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...

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

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....

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Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, PhD

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...

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Trudy Nan Boyce

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...

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January Events

:Wednesday 25th:

The Big Read: Brother, I'm Dying

:Monday 30th:

Sue Walker

:Tuesday 31st:

Jonathan Rabb

February Events

:Wednesday 1st:

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

:Thursday 9th:

Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, PhD

:Thursday 23rd:

Trudy Nan Boyce

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