Terry McMillan, Author of “Waiting To Exhale”, at Agnes Scott Tonight

Terry McMillan, author of the smash hit book and movie “Waiting To Exhale”, will read from her new book “Getting To Happy” tonight at 7pm in Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall.

From Georgia Center for the Book

We are delighted to host Terry McMillan, one of this country’s finest authors, who will visit us with an exuberant new novel that brings back the four unforgettable heroines of ”Waiting to Exhale,” the novel that forever changed African American fiction. Her new book is ”Getting to Happy,” more about the sassy, vibrant women who made ”Waiting to Exhale” a watershed moment in literary history.

This is a free event. DOORS OPEN AT 6 P.M. NO ADVANCE TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS, FIRST COME-FIRST SEATED TO AUDITORIUM CAPACITY. (Please note: To get copies of the new book or the author’s earlier books signed, you will need to purchase her new book from the bookseller at this event.)

Marshalls Coming to North DeKalb Mall

As warehouse store hipsters will surely note, it’s no long-defunct Costco, but Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Marshalls is opening a new store at North DeKalb Mall.

Just this week, I learned that Marshall’s would be opening in the one time Rhodes furniture store adjacent to the former Stein Mart and current AMC Theatres. The space was built for Rhodes in the early 2000s. When Rhodes filed for bankruptcy in 2004, and later closed all locations in 2005, the space reopened as Shoder Furniture (switching the location of the S and R from last to first.) That store later made way for K L Furniture, which closed as well. It’s hard to get excited about anything at this mall.

…Marshall’s should be open by late fall, as signage is already up and the building is already there.

315 West Ponce Parking Variance Tabled at Applicant’s Request

Decatur’s Zoning Board of Appeals tabled the 315 West Ponce de Leon Avenue developer’s parking variance request last night so they could “meet with neighbors”, according to the city’s Planning Director Amanda Thompson.

The developer will also withdraw their commercial building approval from tonight’s Planning Commission meeting.

Why Chipper Doesn’t Want to High-Five You

Male Braves fans give renewed meaning to the term “unwashed masses”.

From the New York Times

The next time a man hands you a hot dog after making a run to the restroom and the concession stand at an Atlanta Braves baseball game, be careful: there is a good chance he did not wash his hands, according to a report released Monday by a group that sends spies into public restrooms in the name of science.

Only about two-thirds of the men observed washed their hands after using the restroom at Turner Field — the lowest rate for any of the locations cited in the observational study and survey on the hand-washing habits of Americans.