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Charles McNair The Epicureans

Author Charles McNair talks about his latest novel, The Epicureans

In his decades of writing and editing in Atlanta, Charles McNair developed a reputation for both Southern gentility and a riotous, sometimes scathing imagination. Now living in Bogota, Colombia, he has just published his third novel, The Epicureans, a darkly original feat of the imagination.
John Lewis Andrew Aydin Run

The next chapter of John Lewis’s legacy

Run, the follow-up to the award-winning March trilogy, continues the comic-book memoir of the late congressman John Lewis. Here, coauthor Andrew Aydin discusses why the graphic novels are so important and timely.
Rosenwald schools

The 4,978 schools that fueled a movement

Andrew Feiler’s book, A Better Life for Their Children, remembers the improbable partnership that empowered a generation of Black students to become poets, civil rights leaders, and Congress members.
The Search for Delicious

The pandemic zapped the joy out of eating something delicious, but I’m trying to get it back

I think about deliciousness a lot and have pursued it all my life. Yet, in pandemic times, the pure joy of eating something delicious—preferably a delicious surprise, rather than something I have had to orchestrate myself—has been absent.

In A Night at the Sweet Gum Head, journalist Martin Padgett tells Atlanta’s overlooked queer history during the disco decade

In A Night at the Sweet Gum Head, released this month by W.W. Norton, journalist Martin Padgett sutures this context into the accounts of two main subjects: Bill Smith, who helped lead the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, worked as a city commissioner, and published the South’s leading gay newspaper, the Barb; and John Greenwell, who rose to drag stardom performing as Rachel Wells at the Sweet Gum Head nightclub.
C.T. Vivian memoir

An excerpt from C.T. Vivian’s posthumous memoir, It’s in the Action

For his posthumous memoir, It’s in the Action: Memories of a Nonviolent Warrior, C.T. Vivian, who Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the greatest preacher to ever live,” revisits his seven decades of activism and the life lessons resulting from those strategies toward advancing equality for all people.
5 indie bookstores Atlanta

5 indie bookstores to support during Women’s History Month (and all year long)

Georgia’s literary history is rich with remarkable women writers like Anne Rivers Siddons, Pearl Cleage, Flannery O’Connor, Tayari Jones, and Alice Walker. It’s no surprise that legacy carries into the metro’s brick-and-mortar bookshops.
Jambo Books

Jambo Books introduces children to a world of diverse characters

Jambo Books is a Decatur-based company that introduces children to a more inclusive set of heroes. Each box contains two or three books with main characters who are people of color, with story arcs often centering on self-confidence and empathy.
Natasha Tretheway Memorial Drive

Poet Natasha Trethewey on her new memoir and her bittersweet relationship with Atlanta

The Pulitzer-prize winner has written poems about her mother, but to tell a fuller story of her mother’s life and death, Trethewey penned a heart-wrenching, elegiac memoir called Memorial Drive. 

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