Secret Garden

The Secret Garden premieres at Serenbe Playhouse

When playwright Rachel Teagle was a kid, she read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden—about a lonely orphan named Mary, her sickly cousin Colin, and the garden that changes their lives—so many times that the cover disintegrated.
Atlanta Fire Stations

Atlanta’s 9 most interesting firehouse mottos

Atlanta fire stations might officially be known by their government-given numbers, but for decades the men and women who sleep, eat, and wait for emergency calls inside those buildings have been adopting mottos inspired by their crews’ attitudes, personalities, and specialties. Here’s a look at some of the city’s most interesting firehouse mottos.

Q&A: Ann Hite

Ann Hite, fifty-three, has lived in the Smyrna/Vinings area most of her life. A former technical specialist for a division of BP Oil, Hite has gone from writing case histories of petroleum products to writing novels. Ghost on Black Mountain marks her debut, but she already is well under way on two sequels that feature some of the same richly drawn characters.

Elevate will bring murals, installations, and dance parties to Downtown Atlanta

The Elevate public art program is designed to jump-start economic development in blighted parts of Downtown—and be a heck of a party.

Amber Dermont

Amber Dermont's debut novel, "The Starboard Sea," is set in a fictional world of beauty and privilege that she remembers clearly, but with a healthy dose of cynicism. The associate professor at Agnes Scott College grew up in a Victorian coastal village on Cape Cod. “When you grow up by the ocean, you have no idea how lucky you are,” she says. In her novel, teenager Jason Prosper is reeling from the suicide of his prep school sailing partner and first love, Cal, and trying to fit in at a new, lesser East Coast boarding school that is full of similarly rich, fallen kids. “We weren’t bad people,” Jason says, “but having failed that initial test of innocence and honor, we no longer felt burdened to be good.” He finds some comfort with a girl named Aidan and, alternately, with a smug band of annoying, perhaps dangerous classmates. It’s a coming-of-age story about learning to navigate by the right stars—or sometimes in the pitch black. The descriptive passages are lovely, whether Dermont is writing about the open sea or an ancient doorman: “In his navy wool uniform, all epaulets, gold tassels, and brass stars, his kind face glistening with sweat, Max looked like the commander of a sinking ship.” And the author is remarkably adept at writing in the voice of a teenage boy. “Not a challenge,” she says, laughing. “I have the mentality of a fourteen-year-old boy. No, I have a real love for teenagers. I really am fascinated by them, because they’re so much smarter than we are.”

Charles McNair discusses his second novel, Pickett’s Charge

Nineteen years have passed since Charles McNair published his first novel, Land O’ Goshen. While McNair climbed the corporate communications ladder and helped raise a daughter, the publishing world changed dramatically, but the art of storytelling did not.
Haunted places in Atlanta

The spooky stories behind 4 haunted places in Atlanta

According to Boo (yes, really) Newell, a psychic medium and guide at Decatur Ghost Tour, cemeteries aren’t the only haunted places in Atlanta. “Ghosts will be anywhere there was human tragedy, emotional events, or something went awry.” Here’s where to find them.
Informed Georgians for Justice

Do you know the all candidates on your ballot? Most voters don’t

Informed Georgians for Justice is a nonpartisan initiative created in partnership with the Georgia NAACP to provide voters with information on where more than 220 candidates in all 159 counties stand on progressive reforms such as accountability courts, eliminating cash bail, ending solitary confinement, and more.

Flashback: The implosion of Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

Roughly one week after imploding the Omni to make way for Philips Arena, demolition crews laced the 32-year-old Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium with 1,250 pounds of dynamite. The site would become a parking lot for the new Turner Field.
Grant Field

UGA-Tech’s “clean, old-fashioned hate” at Grant Field, 1941

Every Thanksgiving weekend Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia clash on the gridiron to resolve yet another battle in the 124-year-old rivalry described by author Bill Cromartie as “clean, old-fashioned hate.”

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