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There are 57 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.

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409 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Dragon*Con (0.5 miles)
255 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA
100 Decatur St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
0ne Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303
66 Courtland St (Univ. Center #570), Atlanta, Georgia 30303
231 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30303
185 Central Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
61 Forsyth Street, SW, 9th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
400 Formwalt St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
250 Georgia Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
A Cappella Books (1.6 miles)
208 Haralson Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
48 5th Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30308
Edgewood Retail District, 1217 Caroline Street at Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
980 Ponce de Leon Avenue, N.E. (at Frederica), Atlanta, GA 30306
1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
653 Beckwith Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
704 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332
400 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
748 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
PINK magazine (2.0 miles)
790 Marietta Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Bound To Be Read (2.0 miles)
481-B Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
825 Highland Ln, Atlanta, GA 30306
1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Local events

Oct
21
New Monthly Zinester Writing Group for 11-19 year olds!
Charis Books and More, Tuesday, October 21 at 5pm
The Atlanta Zine Library, Atlanta Zine Fest, and Charis are partnering to form a zinester writer’s group geared at 11-19 year olds. Zine content is the focus of this group. Each month we will highlight a specific aspect of zine culture, including perzines (personal zines), feminism and queer politics, music fanzines, and so on. Guest speakers active in the regional zine culture will co-facilitate. Group members will share their writings, layouts and designs—getting feedback from each other and seasoned zinesters. Next spring we will showcase everyone’s work in a zine exhibit. For more info, please email info@chariscircle.org. This is a Charis Circle Whole Children, Strong Families Program. The suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm New members always welcome! Supplies provided $5 suggested donation Everyone welcome. Suggested ages: 11 - 19

Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
22
An Evening with Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time
Atlanta History Center, Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm
Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother's co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.

Jodi Picoult is one of the most successful authors at work today. She has written 22 novels, with the past seven being consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers. There are over 22 million copies of her books in print worldwide, in 37 languages.

Tickets are $35 members; $40 nonmembers. Each ticket includes program admission and a copy of Leaving Time. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets for this event, please follow http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/program/evening-jodi-picoult-leaving-time . (added from Random House)
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Oct
22
Charlie Lovett, First Impressions
Georgia Center for the Book, Wednesday, October 22 at 7:15pm
New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett returns with First Impressions, a thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life. In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books. (jasbro)… (more)
Oct
22
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Charis Books and More, Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30pm
Join us in celebrating the publication of the first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today, in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly three million people. These individuals are the descendants of the once fifteen million people who inhabited this land and are the subject of the latest book by noted historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist—designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Event. The suggested donation is $5.

Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
23
Murray Farish, Inappropriate Behavior
A Cappella Books, Thursday, October 23 at 7pm
Murray Farish, Inappropriate Behavior. More information coming soon. Be sure to check back with us.

If you won't be able to attend this event, but would still like a signed copy of Inappropriate Behavior, click the Event webpage below. (jasbro)
Oct
23
Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System with Robbin Shipp
Charis Books and More, Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm
Join us in welcoming Robbin Shipp, one of the co-authors of Justice While Black, a first-of-its-kind essential guide for African-American families about how to understand the criminal justice system, and about why that system continues to see black men as targets and as dollar signs.

The book provides practical, straightforward advice on how to deal with specific legal situations: the threat of arrest, being arrested, being in custody, preparing for and undergoing a trial, and navigating the appeals and parole process. The primary goal of this book is to become a primer for African Americans on how to avoid becoming ensnared in the criminal justice system a system whose chief purpose is less to ensure justice than it is to provide a constant supply of bodies to perpetuate the system, to keep the jobs and money flowing.

While the precarious safely of black males has received renewed interest in the past year because of the deaths of teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, the fact is that this group has always been under threat from the armed guardians of the white social order. Black males and the police force have been at odds since the nation's founding, when wealthy planters hired slave patrols to keep the white community safe from dangerous escaped slaves. The tactics have been modernized, but the impact is still devastating we are witnessing an epic criminalization of the African-American community at levels never before seen since the end of slavery."

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center event and the suggested donation is $5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
24
Gwinnett County Public Library Welcomes Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr. – Oct 24 at 9:30am
Bethesda Park Senior Center, Friday, October 24 at 09:30am
PHARMACIST SHOWS PATIENTS AND DOCTORS A WAY TO BETTER HEALTH WITH FEWER MEDS

Armon B. Neel Jr. to Discuss Medication Use Among Older Adults

Gwinnett County Public Library welcomes author and AARP columnist Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr. to the Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville on October 24 at 9:30 am in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

A board certified geriatric pharmacist whose work has been featured in the AARP Bulletin and Reader’s Digest, Neel will discuss his book “Are Your Prescriptions Killing You: How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs.” Neel’s nearly 50 year career has been dedicated to showing patients and their doctors a better way to health with fewer medications.

The program is free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. (HanseLynn)
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Oct
24
Gwinnett County Public Library Welcomes Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr. – Oct 24 at 9:30am
Bethesda Park Senior Center, Friday, October 24 at 09:30am
PHARMACIST SHOWS PATIENTS AND DOCTORS A WAY TO BETTER HEALTH WITH FEWER MEDS

Armon B. Neel Jr. to Discuss Medication Use Among Older Adults

Gwinnett County Public Library welcomes author and AARP columnist Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr. to the Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville on October 24 at 9:30 am in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

A board certified geriatric pharmacist whose work has been featured in the AARP Bulletin and Reader’s Digest, Neel will discuss his book “Are Your Prescriptions Killing You: How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs.” Neel’s nearly 50 year career has been dedicated to showing patients and their doctors a better way to health with fewer medications.

The program is free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. (HanseLynn)
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Oct
24
Gwinnett County Public Library Welcomes Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr. – Oct 24 at 9:30am
Bethesda Park Senior Center, Friday, October 24 at 09:30am
PHARMACIST SHOWS PATIENTS AND DOCTORS A WAY TO BETTER HEALTH WITH FEWER MEDS

Armon B. Neel Jr. to Discuss Medication Use Among Older Adults

Gwinnett County Public Library welcomes author and AARP columnist Dr. Armon B. Neel Jr. to the Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville on October 24 at 9:30 am in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

A board certified geriatric pharmacist whose work has been featured in the AARP Bulletin and Reader’s Digest, Neel will discuss his book “Are Your Prescriptions Killing You: How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs.” Neel’s nearly 50 year career has been dedicated to showing patients and their doctors a better way to health with fewer medications.

The program is free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. (HanseLynn)
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Oct
24
Jim Gaffigan
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Friday, October 24 at 8pm
Jim Gaffigan (Dad Is Fat, Food: A Love Story)
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    Oct
    24
    An Evening with Jim Gaffigan, Food: A Love Story
    A Cappella Books, Friday, October 24 at 8pm
    Jim Gaffigan will be appearing at the Cobb Energy Centre on October 24. Please go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/jim-gaffigan-atlanta-georgia-10-24-2014/event/0E004C... for more information and tickets.

    If you won't be able to attend this event, but would still like a signed copy of Food: A Love Story, please go to http://www.acappellabooks.com/event/evening-jim-gaffigan . (jasbro)… (more)
    Event location: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
    Oct
    25
    Gwinnett County Library Presents Bestselling Children’s Author Danny Schnitzlein – Oct. 25 at 1PM
    Gwinnett Library in partnership with The Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators presents a FREE writer’s workshop “Perfecting your Picture Book!" Danny Schnitzlein will share his publication journey of THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS and the steps to take your picture book idea from words on a page to a submission-ready manuscript! This workshop will include critique, so bring your own picture book story for feedback. Event to be held at the Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Rd. Lawrenceville 30044. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

    For more information, please call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GwinnettLibrary and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GwinnettLibrary. (HanseLynn)
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    Oct
    25
    Carrie Morey
    Savi Urban Market, Saturday, October 25 at 7pm
    Carrie Morey, daughter of Callie White, founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005 with the goal of making her mother’s delicious biscuits accessible across the country. Touted by the Today show, Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times, and Oprah, her biscuits and pimento cheese collection are sold at high-end retail stores all over the country. Chosen as one of Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers” in 2008, Carrie has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston School of Business for more than five years. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
    Oct
    25
    Lostintheletters presents Landon Godfrey and Abigail Greenbaum
    Charis Books and More, Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm
    lostintheletters is a monthly reading series that takes place at the Highland Ballroom and other locales in Atlanta, Georgia. We feature well known and emerging fiction and non-fiction writers from the Atlanta area and else where. By "lost in the letters" we are referring to the suspension of time and space that occurs when one is fully consumed by reading or writing. By bringing high quality literature to the Atlanta community we hope to inspire readers and writers to continue to get "lost in the letters." Charis is excited to co-host October's lostintheletters as part of a lead in to the Letters Festivalwhich will take place during Charis' birthday weekend, Nov.6-9. Landon Godfrey is the author of Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown; In the Stone: Three Prose Poems; and Spaceship. Abigail Greenbaum is the author of numerous essays and short stories. Read more about her work here. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary event. The suggested donation is $5.

    Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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    Oct
    26
    Advanced Yoga
    Charis Books and More, Sunday, October 26 at 11am
    Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
    Oct
    27
    Writing With Intent
    Charis Books and More, Monday, October 27 at 6:30pm
    Writing With Intent is a monthly writing class led by Charis Circle Executive Director, Elizabeth Anderson. The focus shifts from month to month but the specific goal is to provide artistic accountability in a busy world and offer some academic insight outside the academy. All are welcome to attend. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Program and the Suggested Donation is $10.

    Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
    Oct
    28
    Kidliterate Book Club
    Charis Books and More, Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm
    Join us for a wide-ranging conversation in a new kind of book club. We'll be reading one book a month (children's or young adult fiction). Titles will be very carefully selected. We'll seek out books that push the boundaries of what kidlit is "supposed to do."

    Preference will be give to stories that some might call "edgy" or "controversial." Books that offer exposure to the world our kids are growing up in, as well as imaginary landscapes.

    These will be books that might scare other parents. Books with "language" and "mature content." They may be "upsetting" books. The kind of books that "give kids ideas."

    We like ideas.

    We believe that books are the very best place for kids to encounter scary things and foreign concepts. We believe that books can help prepare kids to engage with the world around them. We believe kids are smart and resilient, great at asking tough questions. We believe they should.

    But we also just like reading kids' books.

    So come if you like amazingly good books! Come if you'd like to be introduced to titles you might not otherwise read! Come if you think books should stir the pot. Come for a new an way to screen your child's summer reading! Come if you want to argue with us! October's Book is : Me and Earl and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews

    November: River and the Rock, Kekla Magoon

    This is a Charis Circle Whole Children, Strong Families Program. The suggested donation is $5.

    Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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    Oct
    28
    Nan Marshall, What Would George Do?: Advice from our Founding Father
    Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm
    Nan Marshall Book Signing, What Would George Do?: Advice from our Founding Father
    Reading/Book Signing
    Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater
    Free and Open to the Public

    Author Nan Marshall takes a refreshing look at our everyday world and gives some helpful tips using George Washington's words of wisdom. As voters prepare to go to the polls for the November elections, Marshall provides a much-needed guide to civility. Stan Deaton, senior historian for the Georgia Historical Society, joins Marshall for this conversation.

    If you won't be able to attend this event, but would still like a signed copy of What Would George Do?, please go to http://www.acappellabooks.com/event/nan-marshall-book-signing . (jasbro)
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    Oct
    29
    Lynn Cullen
    Pastis Restaurant and Bar, Wednesday, October 29 at unknown time
    Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is the author of Reign of Madness, a 2011 Best of the South selection by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 2012 Townsend Prize finalist, and The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and an Indie Next selection. She is also the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and an ALA Best Book of 2008. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
    Oct
    29
    Lynn Cullen
    Pastis Restaurant and Bar, Wednesday, October 29 at 8:30pm
    Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is the author of Reign of Madness, a 2011 Best of the South selection by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 2012 Townsend Prize finalist, and The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and an Indie Next selection. She is also the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and an ALA Best Book of 2008. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
    Oct
    30
    Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
    Charis Books and More, Thursday, October 30 at 7:30pm
    Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly depicted. But what, exactly, does this strength entail? And what price do Black women pay for it? In this book, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. She demonstrates how the three core features of the ideology—emotional strength, caregiving, and independence—constrain the lives of African American women and predispose them to physical and emotional health problems, including diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety. She traces the historical, social, and theological influences that resulted in the evolution and maintenance of the Strong Black Woman, including the Christian church, R & B and hip-hop artists, and popular television and film. Drawing upon womanist pastoral theology and twelve-step philosophy, she calls upon pastoral caregivers to aid in the healing of African American women's identities and crafts a twelve-step program for Strong Black Women in recovery.

    This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism event, and the suggested donation is $5.

    Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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    Oct
    30
    Edward J. Larson, The Return of George Washington
    Atlanta History Center, Thursday, October 30 at 8pm
    After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington shocked the world: he retired.

    In December 1783, General Washington the most powerful man in the country , stepped down as Commander in Chief and returned to private life at Mount Vernon. Yet as Washington contentedly grew his estate, the fledgling American experiment floundered. Under the Articles of Confederation, the weak central government was unable to raise revenue to pay its debts or reach a consensus on national policy. The states bickered and grew apart. When a Constitutional Convention was established to address these problems, its chances of success looked slim. Jefferson, Madison, and the other Founding Fathers realized that only one man could unite the fractious states: George Washington. Reluctant, yet duty-bound, Washington rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Convention.

    Edward J. Larson, author of The Return of George Washington, is University Professor of History and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. His numerous books include Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in History. Larson splits his time between Georgia and California.

    Support: This lecture is sponsored by the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati and the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia.

    To purchase tickets for this Lecture, please follow the Event URL below. (jasbro)
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    Oct
    31
    Brian Biggs will be promoting Everything Goes: By Sea
    Little Shop of Stories, Friday, October 31 at unknown time
    Brian Biggs will be promoting Everything Goes: By Sea (added from HarperCollins)
    Nov
    3
    Charis Birthday Week: Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) Reads at Georgia Center for the Book
    Charis Books and More, Monday, November 3 at 7:15pm
    Charis kicks off its 40th anniversary year celebrations by welcoming Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The republic of imagination, to Decatur in conjunction with the Georgia Center for the Book. The republic of imagination AMERICA IN THREE BOOKS Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The republic of imagination is for America. Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don’t care about books the way they did back in Iran, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others—she invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

    Location: Street: 215 Sycamore Street City: Decatur , Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30030 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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    Aiken Lecture: Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones
    Atlanta History Center, Monday, November 3 at 8pm
    Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the story of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. Charles Blow’s indelible coming-of-age takes place in an arresting, out-of-time American place: a segregated town in Louisiana where slavery’s legacy felt close, reverberating in the elders’ tales and in the near-constant wash of violence.

    Blow’s mother was a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, and a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory. When her philandering husband finally pushed her over the edge, she fired a pistol at his fleeing back, missing every shot thanks to “love that blurred her vision and bent the barrel.” Charles was the baby of the family, fiercely attached to his “do-right,” not “good-time” mother. Until one day — a day that forever divided his life into Before and After — when an older cousin took advantage of the very young boy. Charles’s escape from that world — first to a nearby state university, where he joined a black fraternity despite brutal hazing, then experienced a social and sexual privilege that seemed at first like everything he ever needed — is a searing, redemptive story that will work its way into the deepest chambers of your heart.

    Charles M. Blow has been a columnist at the New York Times since 2008 and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera, and HBO. He lives in Brooklyn with his three children. (jasbro)
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