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Q&A: Fox News' Bret Baier chronicles his son's struggles with heart disease

The face of top-rated Special Report and Dunwoody native discusses the genesis of his first book and being pseudo Southern.

Forget reporting trips to Afghanistan or tête-à-têtes with presidents; Bret Baier’s toughest challenge involved the flawed ticker of his six-year-old son, Paul. When Paul was diagnosed with five congenital heart defects at birth, subsequent surgeries and hospital stays put the newsman’s career on hold. Baier chronicles the family’s sojourn into the world of pediatric heart disease in his first book, *Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love*. (All author proceeds go to pediatric heart research.) Read more...

Five summer beach reads

Take a mental vacation with these five books by local authors

Honestly, beach reading is really more about a state of mind than the tangible location. Whether you’re actually sitting surfside or lounging near your condo pool or simply taking a long lunch break or passing time on MARTA, these titles from local authors promise an escape from workaday reality. Read more...

Celebrating Celestine Sibley's centennial

On her 100th birthday, the beloved AJC columnist's secret life as a murder queen is revealed!

“Child, what are you up to?” Instantly recognizing the voice behind me, I froze midway into shoving the crumpled dollar bill into the brown interoffice memo envelope. It was the morning of October 3, 1995. In Los Angeles, the verdict was about to be read in the O.J. Simpson trial. And on the eighth floor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Features Department, I was collecting up the office pool. As the department’s unofficial class clown/kid brother and a writer for the paper’s Peach Buzz column (the copy desk lovingly referred to me as Buzz Boy), this was in my job description. The voice behind me belonged to Celestine Sibley, a newspapering icon and state treasure. Red-faced, I explained to “ma’am” what in the hell I was doing (I never, ever called her Celestine. I had grown up reading her, after all). She toddled off and I assumed she was on her way upstairs to demand that the publisher fire me and then tie me to printing presses in the basement and use my blood to pump out the afternoon’s Extra edition. A minute later, Celestine handed me a dollar and said, “Put me down for a guilty.” Read more...

Pearl Cleage tells all (and then some) in her new memoir

The playwright and novelist constructed Things I Should Have Told My Daughter from diary entries

Playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage titled her memoir Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs, but one suspects her child, now in her forties, is happy it took awhile for Mom’s breezily candid book, crafted from 1970s and 1980s diary entries, to be published. Read more...

Townsend Prize: Ten Georgia books vie for the venerable award

The prestigious accolade for writing will be presented on April 24

Every other year since 1982, Peach State literati have collaborated to determine which Georgia books are deserving of the Townsend Prize, an award that honors great writing (and, incidentally, is named for *Atlanta* magazine’s founding editor, Jim Townsend). Read more...