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Viewing: Georgia Center for the Book Festival of Writers

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson, one of America’s most popular and honored young adult authors, visits us to talk about her eagerly anticipated new novel, Wintergirls. “In this, her most wrenching, lyrically-written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Anderson explores Lia’s descent into anorexia and her painful path to recovery.” Anderson’s other books include PromTwisted and Fever 1793.   This recording was made on March 31, 2009 at the Decatur Library.


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Patti Digh

Patti Digh, an internationally known blogger, has a new powerful book, Life is a Verb, drawn from a blog she created after the death of her step-father from cancer. Given only 37 days to live after his diagnosis, her father’s death prompted her to wonder what she would do with her life in that short time. Her book is part-memoir, part how-to, and it will touch your heart deeply.  This recording was made on March 30, 2009 at the Decatur Library.


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Julie Buckner Armstrong

Julie Buckner Armstrong, is one of the editors of a superb new anthology from the University of Georgia Press, The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation. The book, which contains fiction, drama, essays and poetry, insightfully captures the cultural and literary history of African-Americans’ struggle for freedom. Special guests include prize-winning author Anthony Grooms andConnie Curry.


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Doug Egerton

Doug Egerton, professor of history at LeMoyne College, offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history in his book Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. Stretching from Britain’s victory in the Seven Years’ War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800, Edgerton shows the scope to which slavery was woven into American daily life. Egerton highlights the will and determination of slaves, freed blacks and white reformers through the narrative and compelling portraits of their lives. A rich and comprehensive history that should not be missed!


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Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett, Mississippi-born author now living in Atlanta, unveils her first novel, The Help, already being hailed by critics as a “contemporary classic.” It’s an unforgettable novel of three women and the crossing of racial barriers in 1960s Mississippi, a “timeless and universal story.” Joining Stockett will be Octavia Spencer, an Atlanta actor, who will take part in the program.  This program was originally recorded on February 10th, 2009.


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E. Lynn Harris

The Georgia Center for the Book was delighted to present part-time Atlanta resident and bestselling author E. Lynn Harris. Harris has wowed and seduced more than three million readers with the wicked drama and undeniable heart in his novels. He will read from his new work, which is sure to top the bestseller lists. Basketball Jones is a rip-roaring tale of sex, secrets, betrayal … and blackmail that takes place in the world of the NBA.


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Stephanie Kallos

Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher. She is the author of the best-selling, award-winning novel, Broken for You, which has been translated into ten languages and was a “Today Show” book club selection. Her new novel, Sing Them Home, is set in a small Nebraska town with Welsh influences. Kallos drew from actual events that happened during her early years in tornado country, including a 1974 storm that was documented in a National Geographic photograph, to form the basis for this story of three adult children who are only now coming to grips with the disappearance of their mother during a tornado.


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Robert J. Norrell

Robert J. Norrell, Bernadotte Schmitt Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, delivers the first full-length biography of Booker T. Washington in a generation.  Up from History recreates the broad contexts in which Washington worked. He struggled against white bigots who hated his economic ambitions for blacks, African-American intellectuals like W. E. B. Du Bois who resented his huge influence and inconstant allies such as Theodore Roosevelt. Norrell details the positive power of Washington’s vision, one that invoked hope and optimism to overcome past exploitation and present discrimination. It is a fascinating portrait of one of the most influential Americans of his age.


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