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Heartbook childrens artwork publishing

An Atlanta photographer’s “Heartbooks” turns kids’ art into coffee table-worthy albums

Instead of filling up storage bins of children’s artwork or feeling guilty about discarding it, pieces can be sent to Atlanta photographer Heidi Geldhauser Harris, who photographs the artwork and compiles the images into a hardcover, linen-bound photo album that fits in perfectly with a stack of artful coffee-table books.

10 standout books with Georgia ties that you might have missed in 2018

At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.
For Keeps Bookstore Atlanta Auburn Avenue

For Keeps, a shop for rare and classic black books, opens on Auburn Avenue

Rosa Duffy's bookstore, For Keeps, is more than a place for visitors to purchase rare and classic black books. Duffy designed it to also be a reading room where people can stop in and interact with history that is often overlooked or placed in the bottom of the dollar bins at other bookstores.
Chef Carla Hall Atlanta History Center

In her new book, Chef Carla Hall reclaims soul food: “It’s part of my DNA.”

For many years, chef Carla Hall resisted being called a soul food cook, but now she's fully embracing her Southern roots. The Nashville-born Top Chef alum, former Chew co-host, and culinary ambassador for the Smithsonian's Sweet Home Café stops by the Atlanta History Center to promote her new cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration.
Design books to read now

5 influential design books: Interior designer Suzanne Kasler on what to read now

In September, celebrated Atlanta interior designer Suzanne Kasler is releasing Sophisticated Simplicity, a tome replete with a litany of previously unseen, lavish interiors in her signature classic style. Here, she shares a handful of design books that have influenced her, plus a new title she is looking forward to.

Author Tayari Jones on moving home to Atlanta and getting a phone call from Oprah

Tayari Jones, a Spelman College graduate, is the author of four novels—her latest, An American Marriage, was handpicked for Oprah’s Book Club earlier this year. Amid months of book tour stops and after years immersed in New York’s publishing world, the prolific author is moving back to her hometown. Our Q&A with her.
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.

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