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Displaying Posts Tagged: south
Georgia’s Poet Laureate, David Bottoms, joined us with a new collection, We Almost Disappear, that affirms his status among the front rank of poets. Critics are calling the new title his “most personal and heartbreaking book” with its poems firmly rooted in southern soil and in the people of the south. Bottoms was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2009 and twice has been included on the Georgia Center for the Book’s list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” He has written nearly a dozen books, and his first volume of poetry won the coveted Walt Whitman Prize. This recording was from an author talk he gave on November 11, 2011.
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.
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.
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 Hill, Fair and Tender Ladies, Black Mountain Breakdown and The Last Girls.
We welcome two wonderfully talented Georgia authors who are celebrating their first novels. Sandra Novack‘s new novel Precious is a novel you won’t soon forget, a lyrical, finely crafted story about family love, its costs and its consequences. Susan Rebecca White is the Atlanta-born author of Bound South, a delicious, compelling story of the clash of women caught between old-fashioned Atlanta traditions and 21st century reality.
The Rosin Sisters (Jan Smith, Ann Whitley and Barbara Panter) are three fiddlers and friends who love to play and sing together. All have been playing traditional country music in the Atlanta area and beyond for over 25 years. After singing with the all-woman, a capella group, the Divas; they decided to form The Rosin Sisters to further explore their love of singing and fiddle music, especially the rich heritage that comes out of Appalachia and the South. They came to perform at the Decatur Library on June 25, 2009.
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