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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. 
Georgia State University We Won't Lose This Dream

How Georgia State University delivers opportunity for all

Since 2011, the number of Black students graduating is up 47 percent, the number of students eligible for federal Pell grants earning a degree is up 46 percent, and the number of Latinx graduates is up 89 percent. Such increases were no accidents.
Jericho Brown The Tradition Pulitzer

Jericho Brown reflects on winning the Pulitzer Prize and the black poets who came before him

On Monday, Brown was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for The Tradition, and he has been moving nonstop ever since.
Townsend Prize 2020

Looking for new reads? Check out this year’s Townsend Prize finalists.

Every other year, the Georgia Center for the Book, the Atlanta Writer’s Club, the DeKalb Library Foundation, and Georgia State University Perimeter College’s literary journal the Chattahoochee Review select 10 finalists from works of fiction by Georgia writers.
The Suspect Richard Jewell book

Irony abounds in the Richard Jewell film. A new book, The Suspect, tells the definitive story

There are ironies within ironies at work within and around Clint Eastwood’s film, Richard Jewell. For one thing, the movie, which at times reduces journalists to odious caricatures, is itself based on two pieces of remarkable journalism.
An illustration of two people in a boat in a marsh

The love story of Cassandra King Conroy and her husband, the late Pat Conroy

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy is Cassandra King Conroy's new memoir about finding love in middle age with Pat Conroy, a literary giant of the South and an Atlanta native who, until then, had led a tumultuous life. Cassandra spoke with us from her home in Beaufort about the 21 years she spent getting to know and love Pat Conroy.
Michael Stipe

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe: “I was a photo student before I was a music fan.”

Though he’s best known as the thoughtful, politically-outspoken lead singer of R.E.M., Michael Stipe has long nurtured a fertile side career as a music and film producer, artist, and photographer. He'll discuss his photography as the Marquee Speaker for this year’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
L. L. McKinney A Dream so Dark

YA author L.L. McKinney re-imagines Alice in Wonderland—in Atlanta

L. L. McKinney's A Blade So Black, released last fall, built a devoted following for its mashup of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—“with a healthy dose of #BlackGirlMagic,” McKinney says. The sequel, A Dream So Dark, launches September 24.
Anne Rivers Siddons obituary

The Lady of Us: Remembering Anne Rivers Siddons

In almost every way, Anne Rivers Siddons balanced the anger and righteousness and fragility of the ’60s with passion and good sense. She had the best soul of the lot of us.
Janisse Ray

Georgia’s forests are a shrinking line of defense against global warming. Can Janisse Ray make us care enough to save them?

Georgia’s once-mighty and fast-diminishing forests are one of the country’s least appreciated wonders. Author Janisse Ray has long been their fierce advocate—and as a new threat emerges, her message is more urgent than ever.

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