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August 2019

"Lillian Smith: Breaking The Silence" Screening Presented by Decatur Book Festival, August 30, 2019

“Lillian Smith: Breaking the Silence” is a 50-minute documentary about the life and work of controversial Georgia writer and activist Lillian Smith (1887-1966). Created by Hal and Henry Jacobs, the film explores the life of Smith who was a southern leader in denouncing segregation and white supremacists for several decades—paying a heavy price for it. Smith left a lasting legacy in the literary and Civil Rights communities, a legacy that is still relevant, today. At...

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"TransMilitary" Screening, Presented by Decatur Book Festival and Out On Film, August 31, 2019

Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. “TransMilitary” chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out...

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September 2019

Lillian Smith Book Awards ceremony, September 1, 2019

Please join us for the 2019 Lillian Smith Book Award ceremony at the Georgia Center for the Book at DeKalb County Public Library on Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. The award ceremony is free and open to the public.

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Michael L. Thurmond presents , September 9, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond as he presents his book A Story Untold: Black Men and Women in Athens History, which was re-released earlier this year. A Story Untold was born in a classroom in Clarke Central High School in 1971. An 18-year-old Michael Thurmond was a member of the first graduating class of the newly-consolidated Clarke Central, a merging of the all-black Burney-Harris High School and the predominantly-white Athens...

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YATL for September 2019, September 11, 2019

YATL is a zany, Jimmy Kimmel-esque live talk show for readers and writers of Young Adult Literature, hosted by author, photographer, and writer, Vania Stoyanova. Featuring games, interviews and lip-synching, the shenanigan-filled show celebrates Georgia-based, bestselling authors and exposes readers to the diverse voices in Young Adult Literature. This month’s event features authors Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal, and Lauren Morrill. Doors open at 6:30. Event is free and open to the public.

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Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time, September 24, 2019

In Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells As Prophet for Our Time, authors Catherine Meeks, PhD, and Nibs Stroupe create a guide for the current state of affairs in American culture that is enlivened by the historical perspective of Wells’ search for justice. Meeks is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies at Wesleyan College and the Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Gibson (“Nibs”) Stroupe served as pastor...

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The Sisters of Sycamore Street, September 26, 2019

Join the Center for the Book and Georgia authors Mary Kay Andrews, Joshilyn Jackson, and Susan Rebecca White, to celebrate the publication and national tour of Lynn Cullen’s The Sisters of Summit Avenue. It’s sure to be a fun-filled evening of conversation, readings, and laughs. Doors open at 6:30. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and to have signed.

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Book As Art 7.0: Wonders - Closing Reception, September 27, 2019

Please join us for the Book As Art 7.0: Wonders - Closing Reception and White Glove Night. We’re putting away the “do not touch” signs. Volunteers will provide viewers with white gloves allowing first-hand exploration of the books. The exhibit is in the Periodicals Room of the Decatur Library.

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