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Gene Patterson

Gene Patterson’s papers reveal the stories behind events that forever changed the South

The papers, which Patterson housed at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg for many years, spill over in hundreds of confidential memos, personal letters, comedic repartee with fellow journalists, gossip, and accumulated materials of his estimable life and career.

Book Tour: Georgia

Visit the stomping grounds of Margaret Mitchell, Joel Chandler Harris, Alice Walker, and Flannery O’Connor.
Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The oldest Catholic church in Georgia gets a holy overhaul

Attorney Bill deGolian, who chairs the Friends of Purification, says the goal is to restore the church to its original condition, with reasonable upgrades such as lead-free paint and a bathroom.
Atlanta family events August

23 fun events for Atlanta families in August

Pack the last days of summer with family fun, including ice cream eating contests, calf-roping, sprinkler runs, world music, and Olympic fever.

Playwright Melita Easters explores the life of Harper Lee

See it, then pick up your copy of Go Set a Watchman.

Quiz: How well do you know Gone with the Wind?

For better or worse, Atlanta is stuck with Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell's blockbuster novel and the even bigger movie, which debuted here on December 15, 1939. It's unavoidable to live in Atlanta without being aware of GWTW, but how much do you actually know about the book, movie, and famous Atlanta author?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary, 3 books for Gone with the Wind fans

Land, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, isn’t the only thing that lasts. This year, Colorado-based Taylor Trade Publishing celebrates the movie’s seventy-fifth anniversary with a trio of books about the phenomenon that ensures pop culture historians will never be hungry again.

How Southern Are We?

What does it mean to “be Southern”? An entire academic subculture is devoted to “Southern Identity,” but even its scholars haven’t reached consensus.

“GWTW” author’s evolution on race provides a fascinating focal point for new GPB “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” doc premiering tonight

Perhaps like many "Gone With the Wind" weary Atlantans, GPB executive director Teya Ryan openly admits to being "lukewarm" to producing an in-house original documentary on the life and career of the novel's Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell. "I thought the idea was kind of old, kind of passe," Ryan said during a recent advance media screening of the beautifully produced film directed and written by Pamela Roberts. The documentary premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on GPB followed at 9 p.m. with an encore presentation and a simultaneous online chat with Roberts on GPB.org.

Dear Mammy

Sometime after midnight, in the early morning of December 16, 1939—more than five hours after settling into their seats—the city’s elite flowed out of Loew’s Grand Theatre, overjoyed at the spectacle they’d just witnessed. Margaret Mitchell emerged, enormously relieved. Hollywood had not destroyed her story after all.

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