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February 2017

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

Gangs, Bullies, and Difference: S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and R. J. Palacio’s Wonder. The classic teen book The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16, that pits the Socs and the Greasers against one another is resolved when Pony boy discovers that people are more alike than they are different. Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit, Jr. (Junior) uses cartoons and humor to...

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Renee Rosen, March 9, 2017

The bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants explores one woman’s journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution. In the middle of the twentieth century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History.

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Colleen Oakley, March 13, 2017

From the author of Before I Go comes an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart. Love has no boundaries... Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from. Jubilee finds...

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Charlie Lovett, March 20, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale comes a new novel about an obsessive bibliophile’s quest through time to discover a missing manuscript, the unknown history of an English Cathedral, and the secret of the Holy Grail. This program will be held at Holy Trinity Parish, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur GA 30030.

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The Big Read: Brother, I'm Dying, March 22, 2017

Local writers and community members read a story of their very own that relates to Edwidge Danticat’s own personal experience with family, loss, illness, and immigration. Alongside this event, attendees are asked to bring a book whose story has stuck with them to swap for another.

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

Choices and Their Consequences: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Lois Lowry’s The Giver. In each of these novels, classics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the protagonists are faced with nearly overwhelming odds as they revolt against the status quo of their cultures. How Huck Finn and Jonas come to realize their worlds as drastically flawed and how they make decisions suggest to readers that choices have consequences, sometimes favorable, sometimes disastrous. SERIES...

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Bruce Feiler, March 29, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham comes a revelatory journey across four continents and 4,000 years exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness. Containing all the humor, insight, and wisdom that have endeared Bruce Feiler to readers around the world, The First Love Story is an unforgettable journey that...

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April 2017

Chipper Jones, April 8, 2017

Ballplayer, a new memoir by former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, immerses us in the best of baseball. Chipper Jones was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad and dreaming that one day he’d be a major league ballplayer. Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with...

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

Individuals and Communities: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Beloved. Nobel Prize novelist Toni Morrison writes about each of us, no matter the setting, the conflict, or the race of the characters. In Mercy, Morrison asks how one can be an individual with one’s own priorities and values and at the same time belong to a community. Can one stand alone without the sustaining support of others? A Mercy asks “When did the color of skin first...

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