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Displaying Posts Tagged: novel


Jasper Fforde

International bestselling author Jasper Fforde visited on October 5, 2012 with a new literary thriller, The Woman Who Died a Lot.  Fforde’s  books skillfully and playfully combine doses of reality with plenty of fantasy and sci-fi, and they have sold millions of copies around the world for the writer, who lives in Wales.


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Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a distinctive and acclaimed new voice in fiction. Her new novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is the latest Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. Beginning in the 1920s in Georgia, it tells the story of the Great Migration of African Americans through the trials and triumphs of one very remarkable, unforgettable family. Hattie Shepherd is 15 when she flees Georgia for a new life in Philadelphia. What she finds is a disappointing marriage and children she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Captured in twelve luminous threads, their onrushing lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. It is a powerful, beautiful story you will treasure, and we were pleased to be able to host this young author at the First Baptist Church Decatur on March 21st, 2013.


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Ron Rash and Michel Stone

One of our finest and most popular writers, Ron Rash, returned to us with a powerful new novel, The Cove. He was joined by a close friend and talented young writer, Michel Stone, whose first novel The Iguana Tree is drawing high praise around the country. In his much anticipated new book, Rash, the New York Times bestselling author of Serena and Saints at the River, tells the story of a blazing but doomed love affair set against the backdrop of Western North Carolina during the World War I era. The cove is a dark, forbidding place where the spirits are said to wander, and the locals believe the young woman Laurel is a witch. When Walter, a mute, enters her life, though, Laurel finds for the first time a love and happiness that she fears places everyone at risk. Stone’s debut novel “is a stirring story of love and courage under the most daunting of conditions,” a moving account of an illegal border crossing by a Mexican couple and their infant daughter and their struggle to find a home. Critics call it “a gripping story of loss, grief and human dignity.” They joined us for this author talk on May 15, 2012.


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Tayari Jones

Atlanta’s own Tayari Jones visited us on June 8, 2011 with her acclaimed new novel, Silver Sparrow. Set in an Atlanta middle class neighborhood in the 1980s, it is the mesmerizing story of a bigamist, his deceptions and the fate of a pair of teenage girls drawn into heartbreaking complicity. Jones was born and raised in Atlanta and now teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her previous books include Leaving Atlanta, set in the city during a series of terrible child murders, and The Untelling, which won the Lillian Smith Award.


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Cory Doctorow

Known for his work as the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, the  former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group, Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, technology activist, and blogger. He is the author of young adult novels Pirate Cinema and the bestselling Little Brother and  novels for adults, Rapture of the Nerds and Makers, as well as being a contributor to The Guardian, the New York TimesPublishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. Doctorow was here on Sunday, February 17, 2013 to discuss his latest bestselling young adult novel, Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother.


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Joshilyn Jackson

2010 was a good year for Joshilyn Jackson. She was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, and her wonderful novel The Girl Who Stopped Swimming was announced as one of the Center for the Book’s 2010 “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” Her new novel, Backseat Saints, is a can’t-put-it-down story about love, survival and shedding the past that features a memorable new voice: the tough, passionate and funny Rose Mae Lolly. She’s arguably the best character Jackson’s has ever come up with and is perfect for a book that is both high spirited and darker than her previous novels Gods in Alabama and Between Georgia. Joshilyn Jackson joined us for an author talk on June 29, 2010 at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library.


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Jane Mendelssohn

Jane Mendelssohn author of The New York Times’ best-selling novel I Was Amelia Earhart, visits us with a memorable, original new book, American Music. It’s a luminous love story centering on Milo, a severely wounded Iraq war veteran, and Honor, a former dancer who is now his physical therapist. Whenever she touches his damaged back, mysterious images from the past appear to both Milo and Honor, ultimately revealing the source of their growing love. Critics say it’s a “beautiful mystery and a meditation on love, its power and its limitations.“ It is a book of almost hypnotic power by one of America’s finest novelists, and we know you’ll find it an unforgettable evening.


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Karin Slaughter

Atlanta’s own Karin Slaughter The New York Times’and #1 international bestselling author of ten thrillers, talked about her latest spellbinding book, Broken. It’s not just the page-turning plotting and unexpected twists that make Karin’s books so popular, but also the vivid portraits of real lives in stress, people shadowed by loss and heartbreak that keep readers by the tens of thousands coming back for more. In Broken, a Grant County novel, Special Agent Will Trent arrives to look into a prisoner’s death and encounters a police department beset with murder. Karin’s bestselling books, which have sold millions of copies here and abroad, include Blindsighted, A Faint Cold Fear and Beyond Reach, which was on an earlier list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.”


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Jayne Anne Phillips

Set in West Virginia, Jayne Anne Phillips’ National Book Award-nominated Lark & Termite is her first book in nine years. Set during the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea, it is a story of the power of loss and love, the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts, and the unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain us. Phillips is the award-winning author of Motherkind and Shelter.


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Philip Lee Williams talks with Terry Kay

Philip Lee Williams is one of Georgia’s finest authors and winner of the Michael Shaara Award for his Civil War novel A Distant Flame. He returns with an exciting, new Civil War story, The Campfire Boys. Williams is a novelist, poet and essayist whose books include The Heart of a Distant Forest and Crossing Wildcat Ridge, and he also is represented on the Georgia Center for the Book’s list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” This appearance by Mr. Williams was even more special because it was held as an onstage conversation with his friend and fellow author Terry Kay. We’re pleased to present to you the wonderful conversation between Phillip Lee Williams and Terry Kay, recorded on November 2, 2009.


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R. A. Salvatore

The author of more than 40 books, a dozen of them New York Times’bestsellers, Salvatore has a terrific, exciting new book: The Ghost King: Transitions, Book III, the gripping conclusion to the Transitions trilogy. When the Spellplague ravages Faerun, Drizzt and his companions are caught in the chaos. Seeking help from the priest Cadderly, the hero of the recently reissued series, The Cleric Quintet, Drizzt finds himself facing his most powerful and elusive foe: the twisted Crenshinibon, the demonic crystal shard believed destroyed many years before.  Mr. Salvatore visited us on October 19, 2009.


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Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, visits us to discuss his stunning new novel, Hell. It’s a hilarious romp, all about good, evil and free will and one of the year’s best novels. You’ll meet a television news anchorman now residing in hell and living with Anne Boleyn, surrounded by a remarkable cast of characters including Shakespeare, Humphrey Bogart and most of the popes and former U.S. presidents. It promises to be a fun evening! Butler won the Pulitzer for his book, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.


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Amanda C. Gable

Atlanta author Amanda Gable has written a richly imagined and heartwarming new novel, The Confederate General Rides North. It’s a whimsical, totally original story about an endearing young heroine, 11-year-old Katherine McDonnell, a precocious Civil War buff, and her touching relationship with her mother. It’s set in Georgia in the 1960s, and we’re predicting it will emerge as one of the finest debut novels of the year! Ms. Gable came to read at the library on August 11, 2009.


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James Braziel

James Braziel, author of the acclaimed novels Birmingham and 35 Miles, visits us with a powerful, mesmerizing new book, Snakeskin Road. It’s a cautionary tale about a woman’s harrowing journey of survival through the southeastern United States after it has been devastated by catastrophic climatic changes. It’s a frightening depiction of a familiar landscape which has become lawless, corrupt and extremely dangerous.


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Anne Lamott

The renowned author of many bestselling books including Traveling Mercies and Grace: Thoughts on Faith, visits us with a tough and touching new novel, Imperfect Birds. “Heartbreaking and delightful, moving and hopeful, the novel reminds us how our children are connected to and independent of us, and that no matter how difficult our struggle is with them, love underlies it all and saves us. This novel captures the deepest, purest, most terrifying experience of parents fearing for their children. With great insight and humor, Anne Lamott shows us what it means these dangerous days to be a parent, what it means to be a child, and what it means to be a family.”  She visited us at the First Baptist Church Decatur on April 9, 2010.


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Richard Doster

Richard Doster, the fine, award-winning Atlanta author, returns with an exciting, thought-provoking new novel: Crossing the Lines. The story focuses on events of the mid-1950s when Jack Hall, a reporter for the AJC, encounters stories of white violence against black Americans. He sets out to counter those stories with those of the South he knows well and loves, only to find there are important, hidden connections between the best and worst in the region. Doster is editor of byFaith magazine, the official publication of the Presbyterian Church in America and a native of Mississippi.


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Patti Callahan Henry

The wonderful Atlanta author, whose best-selling books include Where the River Runs and Between the Tides, joined us for a celebration of her newest novel, Driftwood Summer on June 1, 2009.


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Michael Malone

Michael Malone, a “master of storytelling” and winner of an Edgar Award, the O. Henry Prize and an Emmy for television writing, makes his first visit to us with a terrific new novel, The Four Corners of the Sky. Malone, who has written 10 bestselling novels, including Dingley Falls ,Handling SinTime’s Witness and Foolscap, is better than ever with his latest book, “a novel of love, secrets and the mysterious bonds that help hold families together.”


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Arthur Phillips

Arthur Phillips, best-selling author of Prague and The Egyptologist, and hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the best writers in America,” will talk about his acclaimed new novel, The Song is You. It’s a powerful, original and lyrical gem, a “tale of an unusual love in the digital age.”


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Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer, the respected host of PBS NewsHour, makes a special visit with his 19th novel, the new and delightful Oh, Johnny, a story “brimming with memorable characters” that cleverly and humorously blends baseball, World War II and romance. You won’t want to miss this talk by Lehrer, whose many popular novels include Mack to the RescueFlying CrowsKick the Can and The Phony Marine.


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