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Atlanta authors new books this summer

The Atlanta authors you need to be reading this summer

You don't have to look far to find the perfect page-turner for your beach read this year. Seven female authors with Atlanta ties have new novels —and one thing their books share in common is a strong, complicated female protagonist. Here’s what the authors have to say about their new books and the writing life.
Pat Conroy

The Eternal Protagonist: Remembering Pat Conroy

We had hiked the hills and had had dinner and were drinking wine fit for the occasion. Good vintage, but not extraordinary. The mood was melancholy, as it always was in the comedown from hours of merriment that marked the energy of those blissfully young days. That is when he said it: “Boys, they’re about to make me famous, and I don’t know how to handle it.”
summer reads

Summer reading list: Six new books from Georgia authors

From fantasy thrillers to tales of tennis glory, these six books from some of Georgia's own are sure to keep you entertained while enjoying your summer vacation
Thoughts of Home

Mary Kay Andrews’s Thoughts of Home: A Place at the Beach

Between planning family vacations and running away for novel-writing retreats, I’ve spent much of my adult life questing for the perfect beach escape, renting cottages all along the Florida Gulf and up and down the Atlantic Coast—as far north as Nags Head, as far south as Key West.

2. Mermaid Cottages, Tybee Island

There is plenty of lodging on Tybee Island, but the colorful Mermaid Cottages have quirky, retro charm. Among the offerings, which rent from $165 to $525 a night, are the beach homes of celebrities like chef Paula Deen and author Mary Kay Andrews.

Set sail with Mary Kay Andrews

What does New York Times best-selling author Mary Kay Andrews have in common with the iconic rock band Kiss? Aside from a shared love of cosmetics, that is? They’re both set to sail with fans in the coming months.

A Fatal Fruitcake reintroduces readers to Mary Kay Andrews’ alter ego

For the first time in 12 years, longtime Atlanta readers were greeted by an old friend at the Atlanta Press Club Holiday Author Party at 200 Peachtree Street downtown Tuesday night — Atlanta writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck. OK, so technically, Trocheck is an annual attendee at the event, signing her yearly novel under her New York Times best-selling pen name Mary Kay Andrews (her latest release in hardback is "Spring Fever"). But before achieving fame with her Southern-accented fiction, Trocheck wrote 10 mysteries under her own name, most of them starring Callahan Garrity, a former Atlanta Police Department cop turned private eye and The House Mouse house cleaning business owner.

Catch Spring Fever tonight, Miller Union chef discloses cancer battle, Fernbank vs. Fernbank

The swag bags are all stuffed for tonight's launch party celebrating Atlanta author Mary Kay Andrews' ninth novel, "Spring Fever" (St. Martin's Press, $25.99). The juicy, North Carolina-set beach read (that will no doubt have readers reconsidering the romantic implications of a burst appendix) makes its debut in Decatur Monday night when the former AJC reporter greets friends and fans at the Harbour Bar & Fish House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

As season winds down, Mary Kay Andrews reflects on the best “Summer” of her career

Sometimes, to grow effectively as a writer, you have to scare the bejesus out of yourself. That's the lesson New York Times best-selling author Mary Kay Andrews has learned over the past year, leaving Harper Collins, her publisher of 18 years, for a fresh start with St. Martin's Press. "It was terrifying but I just felt it was time," Andrews reflected this summer over lunch at Big Tex Cantina in Decatur. "It was time to grow."

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