Sherman Alexie at Decatur Library Tonight

Dave at Little Shop of Stories writes in to remind us of this author event tonight at 7:00pm at Decatur Library.

Alexie4Sherman Alexie, one of the best and most diverse American writers working today, will be at the Decatur Library to introduce his newest work and first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., the story is about a boy wanting to claim his own name. “When you talk about the Native American search for identity, it’s almost always a story of loss and pain. I wanted to write a picture book in which a kid goes on a search for identity in the context of a lovely family.”

Alexie is an acclaimed writer of poetry, short stories, literary fiction, and screenplays. He received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a semi-autobiographical account of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and attending high school off the reservation.

From the New York Times book review:

“Alexie’s expertly paced text zips along with loving interjections from the boy’s entire family, led by a precocious little sister. Morales’s richly textured art crackles with boundless energy. Somehow, in her hands the color yellow radiates with a life of its own.

“There is a crucial moment when the father recognizes his son’s struggle and concludes: “I think it’s time I gave you a new name. A name of your own.” The boy’s reaction — “My dad read my mind! My dad read my heart!” — breathes with an authentic mix of relief and exhilaration, the giddy thrill of being truly seen and understood by someone you love.

“The fitting choice for his new name (I won’t spoil it for you) cleverly allows the boy to forge a unique identity without severing ties to the past. Morales shows him standing proudly upon his father’s broad shoulders, ready to reach for new heights.

“Sometimes, to take the world by storm, all you need is the power of the right word.”

This event, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book, will be held at the Decatur Library. You must purchase a copy of Thunder Boy Jr. from Little Shop of Stories in order to receive a ticket to enter the signing line.


Image courtesy of the Little Shop of Stories website.  Little Shop of Stories is a DM sponsor.

“Voices Carry” Poetry Reading at Decatur Library Next Saturday, Oct 26th


Collin sends in this press release…

The 9th annual Voices Carry reading will be held Saturday, October 26, at 3 p.m. at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St. The featured poets are Cecilia Woloch, Jessie Carty, Helen Losse and Erica Wright. Poet and novelist Collin Kelley will host. The reading is presented by Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book. The event is free and open to the public and books will be available for sale. For directions and more information, visit

Featured Poets

Cecilia Woloch is the author of the poetry collections Sacrifice, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, Late and Carpathia. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, Woloch teaches at the University of Southern California as well as hosting workshops around the world, including the annual Paris Poetry Workshop.

Jessie Carty is the author of the poetry collections An Amateur Marriage, Paper House, Fat Girl and the newly-published Morph from Sibling Rivalry Press. She is the founding editor of Referential Magazine.

Helen Losse is poetry editor emeritus of Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and the author of the poetry collections Mansion of Memory, Seriously Dangerous, Better With Friends and Gathering the Broken Pieces.

Erica Wright is the author of Instructions for Killing the Jackal and the chapbook Silt. Her debut crime novel, The Red Chameleon, will be published next year by Pegasus Books. She is the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine.

Bill Bryson Coming to Decatur in October

The author onslaught continues!!  Jim C pointed out this article in a recent First Baptist Church newsletter (page 5) about a visit from renowned author Bill Bryson on October 11th.

Bill Bryson, acclaimed nonfiction writer, will speak about his new book, One Summer: America, 1927 on October 11 at 7 p.m. in the FBCD sanctuary. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Bryson’s appearance is sponsored by the FBCD Conversations Ministry in connection with the Georgia Center for the Book, and is free to the public.
One Summer transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life. The summer of 1927 included the following events:
  • • Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop.
  • • Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record; he hit his 60th on September 30.
  • • Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation.
  • • Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days—a new record.
  • • The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin.
  • • Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • • The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption.
  • • The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer”, was filmed
  • • The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.
All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.

Anne Lamott to Speak in Decatur on March 23rd

Debra sends along this author alert…

Anne Lamott
March 23, 2012
7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church Decatur
Anne Lamott will be at First Baptist Church Decatur (308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur) on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., for lecture and signing of her new book, ”Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son.” Lamott is the author of more than a dozen bestselling books and this delightful new nonfiction work is a vibrant, sweet and often funny account of a new and unexpected chapter in her life…grand-motherhood. Stunned to learn that her son Sam is about to become a father at the age of 19, Lamott kept a journal about the first year of her grandson’s life. It is full of wonderful, moving details that every parent and grandparent will understand and appreciate, as Lamott describes how relationships throughout her family change and evolve. Sam, Anne Lamott’s son, will join us for this event.
This program is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book in partnership with the First Baptist Church Decatur Conversations Ministry. No tickets or reservations required; doors will open at 6 p.m.

Decatur Resident and “The House that Ruth Built” Author at Decatur Library Tonight

From the Georgia Center for the Book

We help to celebrate the 2011 major league baseball season by welcoming a Decatur-based author with a wonderful new book for all fans of the game: ”The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923.” It’s a dazzling look back at the 1923 New York Yankees, the team that opened Yankee stadium and won the first of the Bronx Bombers’ 27 world titles. The centerpiece of this true story is the mighty Babe Ruth, soon to become the game’s greatest slugger, and the Yankees’ World Series win over their bitter rivals, John McGraw’s New York Giants. Weintraub is a lively writer, and his story is fresh and entertaining whether you’re a long-time baseball fan or just intrigued by the story of the Yankes and the Babe. We’ll have books for sale and signing, so come on out to the ’ol ball park with us!

WABE did a nice interview with Weintraub that aired this morning.  You can listen to it here!

UPDATE: Patch’s article on Weintraub reports that much of the book was written at Dancing Goats in downtown Decatur.

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.)

Jamie Lee Curtis Coming to Decatur Library

From Little Shop of Stories newsletter…

Little Shop of Stories and the Georiga Center for the Book are hosting the lovely and talented (at acting AND writing) Jamie Lee Curtis. She will be speaking about her new book, My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story, at the Decatur Library on Saturday, September 18th at 2:00 p.m. Only a limited number of tickets are available for this event.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come basis beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7th. Tickets are free, but you must purchase a copy of Ms. Curtis’ new book to receive one. One ticket will admit two people to the event.

Seating at the event on September 18th will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. There is a limited number of seats in the library auditorium; some attendees will be seated in an overflow room with a video feed. Everyone with a ticket will be admitted to the event, and all attendees will be able to meet Ms. Curtis and attend the book signing. She will sign two books per ticket.