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April 2018

Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer in conversation with Jessica Handler, April 25, 2018

Let’s face it: most of us have a difficult time talking about death and sharing our grief. We’re awkward and uncertain; we avoid, ignore, or even deny feelings of sadness; we offer platitudes; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit. And at a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, when intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it’s clear we are...

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Eugenia Bone, April 30, 2018

Nationally recognized nature and food writer Eugenia Bone returns to the Georgia Center for the Book for her latest book Microbia: A Journey Into the Unseen World Around You. For this visit, Eugenia will present 10 Insights into the Unseen World, a 50-minute illustrated talk that explores how microbes, are the hidden force behind so much in our lives, creating our atmosphere and fueling our own cells, assisting our sex lives, defining families, and cooling oceans....

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May 2018

William Rawlings, Sharon Marchisello, Duncan Dobie and Tori Bailey, May 4, 2018

The Georgia Center for the Book and ArtistFirst Radio Network’s The Doug Dahlgren Show, are pleased to present a brand-new program based on his weekly radio show. It will be live, on stage from the Decatur Library Auditorium! Each month host Doug Dahlgren will interview authors whose work may not be widely known, yet. Be there to hear what’s new and determine for yourself, who’s hot and who’s not. A brief Q&A session, following the interview,...

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Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony, May 5, 2018

Join us as we celebrate award-winning selections from the Letters About Literature student competition. In this competition, students in grades 4 through 12 are asked to write a letter to an author--living or dead--whose work has had the most impact on their lives or influenced their view of the world. The students will be here to read their winning entries. A reception will follow.

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River of Words Awards Ceremony, May 6, 2018

We cordially invite you to our annual ceremony recognizing the young and talented winners of our statewide poetry and visual arts competition, River of Words. The ceremony is co-hosted by our partners in this program, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Project WET. We’ll recognize the school-age winners and unveil their work for the first time publicly before it goes on display at public library exhibits around the state. The program is free and...

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Documentary Film Screening: Cheating the Stillness: The World of Julia Peterkin, May 10, 2018

The 1929 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to Scarlet Sister Mary, the gritty tale of a fiercely independent single mother set in a South Carolina African American farming community. The novel was a best seller at a time when American readers – white or black – weren’t interested in rural African American life. Was she white or black? According to African American scholar and activist, W.E.B. DuBois, she was a Southern white...

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Anthony Grooms, May 21, 2018

Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters, one of the victims, a presumed perpetrator, and a ten-year-old witness to the murders. In The Vain Conversation, Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and occasional levity, he explores what it means to offer and receive redemption, and the broader issues of oppression and violence...

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Kimberly Simms, May 22, 2018

Kimberly Simm’s literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling. Her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Piedmont region blending historical accuracy and insight with sorrow, joy, and redemption. An award-winning poet and 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In Residence, Simms is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University.

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YATL: Featuring S. Jae-Jones, Amanda K. Morgan and Rebecca Ross, May 23, 2018

The brain-child of Writer and Artist ,Jessi Esparza; former Bookseller and Author, Kimberly Jones; and Author, Photographer, and Writer, Vania Stoyanova, YATL is a zanny, Jimmy Kimmel-esque live talk show for readers and writers of Young Adult Literature. Featuring games, interviews and lip-synching, the shenanigan-filled show features Georgia-based, and best-selling Authors and exposes readers to the diverse voices in Young Adult Literature. Featured guests for May are: NYT Best-selling author of Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones;...

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SCBWI Gallery Show, May 25, 2018

The Southern Breeze Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will host their annual Gallery Show at the Decatur Library. The illustration on display will be accompanied by a copy of book, or publication, in which the art appears. The Show will run through July 1, 2018 in the Main Lobby of the Decatur Library.

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Virginia Willis, May 30, 2018

In Secrets of the Southern Table, award-winning chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis takes you on a tour of today’s South—a region rich in history and cultural diversity. With her signature charm and wit, Virginia shares many well-known Southern recipes like Pimento Cheese Tomato Herb Pie and ”Cathead” Biscuits, but also some surprising revelations drawn from the area’s many global influences, like Catfish Tacos with Avocado Crema, Mississippi-Style Char Siu Pork Tenderloin, and Greek Okra...

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