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Gary Pomerantz

Gary Pomerantz revisits Sweet Auburn in honor of Constellations’ grand opening

Author Gary Pomerantz published his book Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn in 1996 after five years of uncovering slave graves in the woods, conducting more than 500 interviews, and filling the holes left behind in Atlanta’s history by a lack of proper documentation. He spoke Thursday in honor of the opening of Gene Kansas's new coworking space, Constellations.
Sam Massell

4 life lessons gleaned in the new Sam Massell biography

In Play It Again, Sam: Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor, a new biography by Charles McNair about former mayor Sam Massell, we learn life lessons from City Hall’s first and only Jewish leader.
Townsend Literary Prize

How the Townsend Prize for Fiction, which honors Georgia writers, came to be

James L. Townsend, Atlanta magazine's founding editor, passed away in 1981 after a battle with cancer. At his funeral, several former close associates—including Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Terry Kay—decided to launch a literary award in his honor. Recent winners inspire us to follow Townsend’s frequent admonition: “Brilliant, dear heart. Write it down. Write it all down.”
Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

The New South: Three cookbooks challenge Southern stereotypes

Taqueria del Sol owner Eddie Hernandez, legendary Southern chef Virginia Willis, and Richards' Southern Fried owner Todd Richards all have new cookbooks debuting this spring that feature some excellent Southern mash-ups such as collard green ramen.
Love, Simon Becky Albertalli Atlanta

Love, Simon: Atlanta author Becky Albertalli on adapting her hit YA book into a major movie

Atlanta author Becky Albertalli talks about how her hit YA novel was transformed into the movie Love, Simon, what the film means for LGBTQ teens, and the Atlanta Easter eggs you might notice at the theater.
Marietta High School

“They are just shadows.” For undocumented Marietta High students, fear of deportation is always there

Not feeling safe in the immigrant community is less about the fear of a mugging or car theft than the knowledge that a missing tail light may mean the end of life in the land of opportunity.
Cookbooks

Cook like an American: Two new books address how we eat

Two new cookbooks out this month, America the Great Cookbook: The Food We Make for the People We Love (Weldon Owen) and America: The Cookbook (Phaidon), address how Americans—and Georgians—eat.
Gucci Mane

What we learned from Gucci Mane’s new autobiography

In The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, published this month, the 37-year-old Atlanta trap rap crossover act revisits his rise to rap stardom; his struggle with a codeine cocktail called “lean;” and becoming a mentor to Future and Migos.
Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty: “I want Southern food to be the basis of a new discussion on shared Southern identity.”

Inspired in part by Roots author Alex Haley, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes a hard look at his own ancestry—both black and white—in his new book, The Cooking Gene.
Maryn McKenna

6 questions with Big Chicken author Maryn McKenna

"The big question for chicken—and for any meat that goes antibiotic-free—is a question that faces all of food production: Is better, safer food going to be something that only well-off people can afford? That hangs over all of these transformations of food systems," Maryn McKenna says.

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