Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Upcoming Author & Book Events in Georgia

Hello Georgia book people,

Here is a sampling of upcoming author and book events here in Georgia. The list is by no means complete. One day, I will have a website linked to this blog that will--in my dreams--provide a regularly updated and "comprehensive" list of literary events in Georgia. Until then,

Wednesday, July 23rd

David Sirota
The Uprising
7 pm at Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta
Sponsored by A Capella Books

Friday, July 25th

Tamara A. Johnson and George & Katrina R. Chambers
Player hateHer
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Saturday, July 26th

Rebekah & Stephen Hren
The Carbon Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit
2 pm at The Opal Gallery
Sponsored by A Capella Books

Poetry Atlanta Presents Alice Teeter, Amy Pence & Maudelle Driskell
2 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Daniel Black
They Tell Me of Home
3 pm at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta

Monday, July 28th

Sean Carswell
Train Wreck Girl
7 pm at The Opal Gallery
Sponsor: A Capella Books

Richard Doster
Safe at Home
7:15 at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsors: Georgia Center for the Book & Wordsmiths Books

Tuesday, July 29th

Eoin Colfer
Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence
4 pm at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsor: Georgia Center for the Book

Karin Slaughter
7 pm at Barnes & Noble at the Forum (Norcross)
770.209.4244 for info.

Robert Olen Butler
7 pm at the Opal Gallery
Sponsor: A Capella Books

Carmen Deedy & John McCutchen
7:15 pm at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsor: Georgia Center for the Book

Doug Crandell
Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Wednesday, July 30th

Karen Traviss
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Thursday, July 31st

James E. McWilliams
American Pests
7:30 at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Friday, July 31st

Release Parties all over the state for Stephanie Meyers’ new book, Breaking Dawn. Contact your favorite local bookseller and literary venue to see what they have planned.

Tuesday, August 5th

Hollis Gillespie
Launch Party for Trailer Trashed
7-10 pm at Paris on Ponce, 716 Ponce de Leon NE, Atlanta

Delia Champion
The Flying Biscuit Café Cookbook
7:15 pm at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsors: Georgia Center for the Book & Wordsmiths Books

Thursday, August 7th

Mark Baurlein
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
7:15 at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsors: Georgia Center for the Book & Wordsmiths Books

Friday, August 8th

Laurinda Brown
The Highest Price for Passion
8 pm at Charis Books & More in Atlanta

Friday, August 8th-Sunday, August 10

The 2008 Dahlonega Literary Festival
Authors and illustrators attending include Karen Abbott, Steve Berry, Patti Callahan Henry, Nathalie Dupree, Joshilyn Jackson, Mark Braught, Laura Knorr-Braught, Jackie Cooper, Jack Bass, Mitchell Graham. Lots of kid’s events.
For more information, visit www.literaryfestival.org.

Saturday, August 9th

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Chasing Life
2 pm at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsors: Georgia Center for the Book & Wordsmiths Books

Tuesday, August 12th

Noah Andre Trudeau
Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea
7:15 at the Decatur Public Library
Sponsors: Georgia Center for the Book & Wordsmiths Books

Thursday, August 14th

Jay Hakes
A Declaration of Energy Independence
Reception at 6 pm & Program begins at 7 pm.
Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta

Jack Pendarvis
8 pm Ballroom Book Bash at the Highland Inn (Atlanta)
Sponsors: A Capella Books & The Chattahoochee Review
404.681.5128 for more info.

Friday, August 15th

Jack Pendarvis
7:30 at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Thursday, August 21st

Rev-Run (aka Joseph Simmons)
Take Back Your Family: A Challenge for American Families
7 pm at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus
Sponsors: Georgia Center for the Book & Wordsmiths Books

Saturday, August 23rd

Bill Curry
Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle
2 pm at Books A Million in Lawrenceville

Thursday, August 28th

Hollis Gillespie
Trailer Trashed
7:30 pm at Charis Books and More in Atlanta

Friday, August 29th-Sunday, August 31st

The 3rd Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival
250 authors in attendance, including Rick Bragg, Pearl Cleage, Billy Collins, John Dean, Eric Jerome Dickey, Emily Giffin, Lee Smith, and Karin Slaughter.
For more information, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com

Thursday, September 4th

Hollis Gillespie
Trailer Trashed
7 pm at Barnes & Noble in Athens

Charla Muller
365 Nights
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Wednesday, September 10th

Anne Rivers Siddons
Off Season
7 pm at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta

R. A. & Geno Salvatore
The Stowaway
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Thursday, September 11th

Ian McNulty
A Season of Night
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Friday, September 12th

New South Reading Series
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur
Sponsor: New South’s Writing Workshop at Georgia State University

Saturday, September 13th

Linda Robertson
What Rhymes with Bastard
7:30 pm at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur

Tuesday, September 16th

Charles Martin
Where the River Ends
7 pm at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta

Friday, October 3rd-Saturday, October 4th

Book Fair on the Square in Marietta
Authors at the event will include Richard Grinker, Rachel Simon, Doug Crandell, Laura Flynn, and Katherine Noel. Kids events.
Sponsor: The Cobb County Community Service Board
Visit www.bookfaironthesquare.org for more info.

Saturday, November 15th

5th Annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival
Forsyth Park, Savannah
Visit www.liveoakpl.org

Friday, February 6th-Sunday, February 8th, 2009

2nd Annual Savannah Book Festival

NOTE: This list is by no means complete. Events may be added—or cancelled. Events may change. Please contact specific venues or organizations (see links on this website) to confirm event times, dates and details. Please let me know if you see any information here that is incorrect, or if you know of events that need to be added. Happy reading.


Monday, July 21, 2008

When Rivers Run Backwards and Fish Crows Speak French

Some folks mistake kindness for weakness, forbearance for indecision.

--Roger Pinckney, Seventh Son on Sacred Ground

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Georgians Seek to Change the Record Books

In his epic of Americana, Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass (Plume, 2006), angler, author and Forbes contributing writer Monte Burke writes,

"Navel-gazing literary books like A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean and Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis by Howell Raines became a movie and bestseller, respectively. There are no similar tomes about bass fishing."



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I'm Going to Hell

This coming Saturday, I am going to Hell—Winder, Georgia.

I mean this as no slight to the good people of Winder. In fact, Winder isn’t actually Hell, per say, it just happens to be located near the entrance to the place. In this particular instance, the Hell that I am referring to is a place once referred to by local Native Americans—the Creek and the Cherokee, according to my sources—as Nodoroc.

Nodoroc is interesting for a number of reasons. Apparently, it is the sight of what was once a large bog, and is believed to be the site of a now dormant volcano (we have everything in Georgia). The Native Americans who once inhabited these parts considered it a dark place leading to the underworld, and apparently they once regularly tossed war captives, criminals, and other human sacrifices into the bog to appease what lived there.

Which brings me to why I am going to visit the place. I am going on a search for the Wog, the hideous creature that once inhabited Nodoroc, and roamed the night in this part of North Georgia. Maybe it still does.

Reported to be about the size of a small horse, the Wog had a head like a dog. Its front legs were slightly shorter than it’s back legs, making it appear to walk hunched over. It had huge teeth—so big that its large lips couldn’t close over them. It had a long tail, at the end of which was a knot of wiry hair that the beast constantly swished from side-to-side making a sound that could be heard for quite some distance. It had a long, forked tongue that it darted in and out of its mouth like a snake.

I am going in search of the Wog, on assignment for Accent Gwinnett Magazine, a local publication. I look forward to posting my findings here on my blog.

Assuming, that is, that I return.

Suggested reading:

Weird Georgia by Jim Miles (Georgia author)


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

GB&W in the Field

Your humble blogger last week visiting with author, columnist and conservationist Roger Pinckney (R) on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, where he lives, writes and occasionally fights.

more proof that rmr

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

An Encouraging Sign & A Job Opportunity

A new book list.

In yesterday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there appeared an article by Phil Kloer pertaining to a book list recently published in Entertainment Weekly magazine. To see the article, ‘Ooh, another list! EW’s Top 100 books of the last 25 years.’ go to www.ajc.com and click the books link. It’s always good to see book news in the dailies, and lists are always fun. Book people seem particularly prone to making them.

No comment on the selections that made the list, or the order in which they appear. What I found encouraging was that the article appeared in the June 30th edition of the AJC. Of course, the article was also on the paper’s website, and allowed readers an opportunity to post their opinions about the list. By the end of the day yesterday, thirty had done so. That’s encouraging.

Barbara Kingsolver’s book, The Poisonwood Bible, came in at number 48. It should have been much, much higher in the list.

A Job Announcement.

I can’t help but think that the following career opportunity has relevance to Georgia books. Think of the jacket cover to John Berendt’s 1994 work of creative non-fiction, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, perhaps the most well-known and successful book written about Georgia in the past twenty years. Specifically, I am referring to the haunting photograph of Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery that was taken by the late Jack Leigh.

In any event, the City of Savannah is currently seeking someone to fill the position of Cemetery Events Coordinator, in the Department of Cemetaries, located at 330 Bonaventure Road, in Savannah, Georgia. For more information about the position, call 912-651-6484, or visit the website www.savannahga.gov.

According to the job description, one of the duties of the position will be “Schedules and prioritizes after-hours activities and events.” Well, that’s just plain creepy.

The position requires, among other skills and knowledge, “Experience working with a variety of clients preferred.” Yes, well, I would suppose so.

I lived in Savannah from 1988-1990. I used to take the occasional stroll in Colonial Park Cemetery, located in the heart of the historical district. It was a peaceful place, filled—so to speak—with much history. From time to time, and for the same reasons, I would also drive over to Bonaventure Cemetery, located adjacent to a marsh on the outskirts of the City. It is a beautiful and peaceful place. And rather isolated. It’s filled with old tombstones and monuments, many of them hundreds of years old. It is also filled with Live Oaks draped with Spanish moss, the result being that the Cemetery appears somewhat dark, even in the middle of the day.

I would occasionally visit Bonaventure, just to find a quiet spot. I would find a bench on which to sit and stew, or I would simply walk the grounds. Occasionally, my imagination would get the best of me and I would development a real case of the heebie-jeebies. It would start out slowly—a creepy sensation of, say, not being alone, or perhaps being watched by unseen eyes. This feeling would build to a point where my walk back to the car would quickly progress from stroll, to quickstep, to outright run. I kept going back, though.


Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies Among the Georgia Coastal Negroes. This interesting book was first published in 1940 in cooperation with the Savannah Unit of the Georgia Writer’s Project, part of the Work Projects Administration. It was re-released in 1986 by the University of Georgia Press.

Savannah Duels & Duellists, 1733-1877 by former Savannah Mayor, Thomas Gamble. First published in 1923 by the Review Publishing and Printing Company. Reprinted in 1997 by The Oglethorpe Press, Savannah.

Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales by Margaret Wayt DeBolt, 1984, Donning Company. Savannah has often been referred to as the most Haunted City in the United States.