ATL Bookmarks: Nine events to hit this week April 22 2013
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- Visiting author Mo Willems
I have a very clear memory of writing Patricia C. Wrede a letter when I was about 9 years old. Totally consumed by her Enchanted Forest series, I passed many a childhood hour alongside her heroine, Princess Cimorene, and her slapdash group of adventuring friends. Writing Ms. Wrede about my enthusiasm for her endless imagination and wit accomplished more than just showering her with compliments - it forced me to put to words my own passion for the written word and storytelling. Friends today could hardly contest that writing the letter was anything short of formative.
This week, the Georgia Center for the Book announces the winners of its annual Letters About Literature contest, an amazing exercise that challenges students to personally address their love of literature to the authors who have affected them. This is a win for everyone: the authors, the students, and our literary community as a whole. What's not to celebrate?
Until I Say Goodbye is Susan Spencer-Wendel's firsthand account of her struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a debilitating condition that degenerates the nervous system's control over the muscles. Co-author Bret Witter comes to Atlanta to discuss Spencer-Wendel's perspective on life, death, humor, and dignity.
After a lifetime of journalistic pursuit in the South, H. Brandt Ayers has many a story to tell. His memoir of his life in publishing and journalism during the civil rights struggle, In Love With Defeat, goes beyond the birth and descent of the New South.