Georgia Center for the Book

Georgia Center for the Book

DeKalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030

United States

(404) 370-8450 x 2225; gcbdekalblibrary.org

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Web site: http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/

Events: http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events…

Description: The Georgia Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Center, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008, was chartered in early 1998 with the DeKalb County Public Library serving as its host and sponsor. The Center’s mission is the support of libraries, literary programs and literature, particularly Georgia’s rich literary heritage. In 2007, the Center received the prestigious Boorstein Award from the Center for the Book in Washington in recognition of its innovative literary programming and literacy efforts.

The Center partners with many statewide organizations including the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Georgia Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, the Writers Institute at Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Humanities Council, Project WET at the Department of Natural Resources, DeKalb History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House and many others.

The Georgia Center for the Book has become the largest non-profit literary presenting organization in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. Its many free programs reached nearly 90,000 people around the state in 2008. The Center helped create and remains a major sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival that draws 60,000 people to the city every Labor Day weekend.

William W. Starr, a native of Atlanta, has been executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book since 2003. Joe Davich, a native of West Virginia, has been the GCB assistant since 2006, and the advisory council includes 22 distinguished authors, educators, librarians, journalists, scholars and publishers:

- Tina McElroy Ansa, Author, St. Simons Island
- David Baker, Communications Director, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
- Dr. Rudolph Byrd, Professor of American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta
- Herbert Denmark, Former President, Georgia Poetry Society, Decatur
- Gwen Russell Green, Media Specialist, DeKalb County Schools, Lithonia
- Melanee Haywood, Atlanta, Vice President, Delta Air Lines
- Terry Kay, Author, Athens
- Cary Knapp, Adult Services Librarian, Three River Regional Library, Brunswick
- Judy Long, Publisher, Hill Street Press, Athens
- Richard Lenz, President, Lenz Marketing, Decatur
- Diane Lewis, Director, Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, Atlanta
- Tom Lux, Poet, Georgia Tech, Atlanta
- Laura McCarty, Vice President, Georgia Humanities Council, Atlanta
- Dr. Thomas McHaney, Retired, Professor of Southern Literature, Georgia state University, Decatur
- Nicole Mitchell, Director, University of Georgia Press, Athens
- Don O’Briant, Author, Retired Writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
- Dr. Charlotte Pfeiffer, Professor Emeritus, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Cordele
- Susan Ralph, Director of Libraries, Bainbridge College, Bainbridge
- Lain Shakespeare, Director, Wrens Nest House Museum, Atlanta
- James Taylor, Manager, Library Express, Fulton County Library, Atlanta
- Lamar Veatch, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
- Darro Willey, Director, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur

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Upcoming events

Terry Kay, Song of the Vagabond Bird (Monday, September 22 at 7:15pm)
Attempting to narrow down the more than fifty-year career of Terry Kay would take a book in and of itself. Journalist, author of more than a dozen novels, member of the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame, recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, and one of the South’s most revered voices, he’s warmed hearts, touched souls and given readers stories to read over and again. Now, the bestselling author of To Dance With the White Dog, The Valley of Light, and The Book of Marie returns with Song of the Vagabond Bird, a deeply moving tale about the passion love can bring, and the heartache that burns into the soul when it is lost. (jasbro)… (more)
William Walsh, Lost in the White Ruins; and Julie Bloemeke (Monday, September 29 at 7:30pm)
Please welcome us for an evening of poetry as we welcome Georgia poets William Walsh and Julie Bloemeke back to the Georgia Center for the Book stage. For this special event, William Walsh will debut his newest collection of poetry, Lost in the White Ruins. He is also the author of Speak So I Shall Know Thee: Interviews with Southern Authors, The Ordinary Life of a Sculptor, The Conscience of My Other Being, the editor of Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary Poets from 1951-1977, and has published in Five Points, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, Verse, Poets & Writers, AWP Chronicle, Kestrel, and others. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Julie E. Bloemeke is currently working on her first book of poetry. A 2012 and 2014 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, her work has most recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in various publications including The Raven Chronicles, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Deep South Magazine. (jasbro)… (more)
Simon Winchester, The Men Who United the States (Tuesday, September 30 at 7:15pm)
Simon Winchester, The Men Who United the States
Reading/Book Signing
Free and Open to the Public

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic: The Biography of an Ocean and The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, delivers his first book about America: The Men Who United the States, a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men whose efforts and achievements helped unify the States and create one cohesive nation, who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.

If you will not be able to attend this event, but would still like a signed copy of The Men Who United the States, please go to http://www.acappellabooks.com/event/simon-winchester-book-signing

http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=731 (jasbro)… (more)
Tracey Laird, Austin City Limits: A History (Monday, October 6 at 7:15pm)
Austin City Limits -- the longest running musical showcase in the history of television -- is still captivating audiences forty years after its debut on the air. For decades it has defined the popular roots of music to indie rock—from Willie Nelson’s legendary pilot show to the performances of BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chet Atkins, Bonnie Raitt Ray Charles, Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. With unprecedented access behind the scenes at tapings of shows, author Tracey Laird, in Austin City Limits: A History, tells the story of this landmark musical showcase whose history spans dramatic changes in the nature of television, the expansion of digital media, the ways in which we experience music, and explores the ways in which the show’s evolution has driven, and been driven by, both that of Austin as the ”Live Music Capital of the World,” and of U.S. public media as a major player in the dissemination and sponsorship of music and culture. (jasbro)… (more)
B.J. Novak, The Book with No Pictures (Tuesday, October 7 at 7:15pm)
The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to partner with Little Shop of Stories as we welcome the hilarious and talented B.J. Novak to the Decatur Library Auditorium. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.) B.J. Novak is a writer, producer, and stand-up comedian who has appeared in Punk’d, The Office, Inglorious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Amazing Spiderman 2. (jasbro)… (more)
James McPherson, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief (Monday, October 13 at 7:15pm)
From Pulitzer Prize–winning author James McPherson, comes Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy. History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it would have torn the United States in two and preserved the institution of slavery. Many Americans in Davis’s own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, if not a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. In order to understand the Civil War and its outcome, it is essential to give Davis his due as a military leader and as the president of an aspiring Confederate nation. James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, New York Times bestseller Crossroads of Freedom, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, which won the Lincoln Prize. (jasbro)… (more)
Charlie Lovett, First Impressions (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)
John McMillian, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America (Tuesday, November 4 at 7:15pm)
John McMillian is assistant professor of history at Georgia State University and author of the critically acclaimed Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America. His writing has appeared in scholarly journals, magazines, and major newspapers. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. (added from Simon & Schuster)

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