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 Signing & Reading
April 23 | 7 p.m.
Jimmy Carter Library

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.

In Love with Defeat Signing & Reading
April 24 | 7 p.m.
Jimmy Carter Library

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.

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Monday April 29, 2013 05:59 pm EDT


  • cover image courtesy of The Southern Poetry Anthology

This week brings the close of National Poetry Month and Atlanta is ending its celebrations on some high notes. Perhaps the largest festivity of the week is Georgia Center for the Book's release celebration for the Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. 5. Well over a dozen poets will be sharing...

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Monday March 25, 2013 09:25 pm EDT


  • cover art compliments of Autumn House Press
  • A Raft of Grief

This week, Autumn House Press releases Chelsea Rathburn's latest collection of poetry, A Raft of Grief, with an intimate celebration at Inman Park's White Space Gallery. The collection, which was awarded the 2012 Autumn House Poetry Prize, is Rathburn's first release since...

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Monday March 11, 2013 01:00 pm EDT
Here's a thought: Rather than celebrate the Ides of March the old-fashioned way this year, why not join Loose Change Magazine's revelry over at the Highland Ballroom? WonderRoot's literary magazine is back with a vengeance (sorry ... I couldn't resist) and celebrating the release of its third issue with an evening of readings, raffles, and dancing. Listen to Floyd Hall's interview with Managing... | more...


Monday March 4, 2013 01:00 pm EST

Somehow, even with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs hosting its annual conference in Boston this week, Atlanta still has a myriad of literary events taking place. We have too much momentum to stop now! http://https://app.etapestry.com/cart/DeKalbCountyPublicLibraryF/default/item.php?ref=1850.0.39386145

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