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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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Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks, the distinguished, prize-winning poet and translator, visits us with an important new book, Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008. Critics are calling it “masterful,” rich in vitality and originality, “funny, brave and honest.” Barks has taught creative writing and American poetry in the English department at the University of Georgia for 30 years, and has written and translated dozens of books. He is the foremost translator of the 13th century mystic poet Jalal Al-Din, and his bestsellers include The Essential RumiThe Soul of Rumi and Rumi: Bridge to the Soul.

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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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Robyn O’Brien

Robyn O’Brien, a national expert on children’s health and food allergies, will discuss her important new book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick — and What We Can Do About It. The book describes her transformation into a one-woman crusader seeking to identify food allergies that affect children and her discovery of shocking truths about toxicity in American food systems. Parents won’t want to miss this program. O’Brien is the founder of AllergyKids, an organization devoted to raising awareness about food toxins. She has been featured in The New York Times and on CNN.

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Lee Smith

One of America’s most popular authors, makes a special encore visit to the Georgia Center for the Book with a fabulous new collection of short stories—her first collection in 13 years—Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger.  Lee Smith is one of the American masters of short fiction, and this new book will delight and dazzle her many fans. Her characters range from an 8-year-old boy obsessed with vocabulary words to a young bride who has married “way up” to the title character, an older woman making her way through widowhood her own way. Lee Smith is the author of 15 books including On Agate HillFair and Tender LadiesBlack Mountain Breakdown and The Last Girls.

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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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Lauretta Hannon

Lauretta Hannon, who grew up in Warner Robins and now lives in Atlanta, has written a wonderful first book that is getting lots of attention: The Cracker Queen. It’s an unflinching, poignant, warmly humorous memoir that takes readers on a wild ride from central Georgia to Savannah with a cast of dysfunctional families and a lively crew of hell-raisers and renegades. Hannon is best known for her engaging commentaries on NPR.

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Dara Torres

Dara Torres, the Olympic gold medal swimmer, will be our special guest for a very special evening talking about her new book, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage of Your Life. It’s a motivational, inspirational memoir by the amazing 41-year-old mother who won America’s hearts when she made a successful Olympic comeback in the 2008 Beijing Games.  Dara Torres visited the Decatur Library on April 29, 2009.

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