Books All Georgians Should Read

Authors of the Month: May

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May 2018

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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Eve Hoffman and Kimberly Simms, May 22, 2018

Join us to celebrate the Decatur Arts Festival with an evening of poetry featuring new works highlighting the rich Southern landscape by two female poets. Eve Hoffman’s Memory & Complicity evokes the beauty of the southern landscape through sights and sounds. Hoffman shows wounds of racism, bigotry, homophobia, and poverty juxtaposed against the joys of childhood wonder and whimsey. Hoffman’s previous chapbooks include Red Clay and She. Kimberly Simms also uses the South as...

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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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June 2018

Jeremy Logan, T.M. Brown, Shirley Garrett and Julia McDermott, June 1, 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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Morgan Matson, June 13, 2018

Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in The Unexpected Everything, the New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Please Note: In order to enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of The Unexpected Everything from Little Shop of Stories before or during the event.

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Rupert Thomson, June 14, 2018

A literary tour de force that traces the real-life love affair of two extraordinary women, recreating the surrealist movement in Paris and the horrors of the world wars with a singular incandescence and intimacy. In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from...

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Poetry Atlanta Presents..., June 25, 2018

Poetry Atlanta presents another evening of poetry featuring poets Louise Runyon, Alex Johns and Laura Carter. Hosted by poet, author and editor Collin Kelley.

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Julie Williams, June 27, 2018

One of the more eccentric figures in the antebellum South was Joseph Addison Turner, born to the plantation and trained to run one. All he really wanted to do, though, was to be a famous writer―and to be the founder of Southern literature. He tried and failed and tried and failed at publishing magazines, poems, books, articles, journals, all while halfheartedly running a plantation. When the Civil War broke out, he no longer had access...

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Amber Brock, June 28, 2018

Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana.

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Sabaa Tahir, June 29, 2018

In partnership with Little Shop of Stories, the Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to rpesent the highly anticipated third book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir’s Ember Quartet. Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor...

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