Wednesday, February 9 – McEver Poetry Reading at Georgia Tech will feature the works of poets Theresa Davis, Chris Forhan and H. Bruce McEver at 7:30 p.m. at the Kress Auditorium, Robert C. Williams Paper Museum.
Most of the month of February - In celebration of Black History Month 2012 the Auburn Avenue Research Library is hosting many events ranging from the Introduction of the Black Age of Comics: Past, Present and Future (Feb 9) to Black Stars in Orbit: NASA's African American Astronauts (Feb. 11). The Georgia Center for the Book also has many similar events scheduled throughout February.
Tuesday, February 28 - Peggielene Bartels author of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village will be doing a reading and signing at 7:00 p.m. at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theatre. The Bartels book is being compared to the Alexander McCall Smith series, the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I can't say that I've read the McCall book, but I certainly enjoyed the screen adaptation of Ladies Detective Agency by Anthony Minghella who directed The English Patient.
Wednesday February 29 – Rob Walker a former columnist for The New York Times Magazine will appear with Bobbi Patterson from Emory University's Department of Religion in an informal conversation about Buddhism and Desire. Walker is the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue of What We Buy and Who We Are. I didn't read Buying In when in was published in 2008; I studied it. It is a fascinating book and his Times column “Consumed” was insightful and is now sorely missed. The conversation between Patterson and Walker begins at 7:30 p.m. at the reception hall of the Carlos Museum on the campus Emory University.
And don't forget February is also Read Your Favorite Abraham Lincoln Biography Month.
Local Bookstores that are hosting events this month include:
- A Cappella Books (they have a new location in Inman Park)
- Eagle Books in Decatur
- Blue Elephant Books in Decatur (local author Grant Jerkins will be there Feb. 8)
- Peerless Books in Alpharetta
- Bound to Be Read Books
- Charis Books and More
Unfortunately, Outwrite Books will no longer be hosting any events anymore since they ceased operations on January 26th.
Since this blog began over three years ago the following bookstores have closed: Wordsmiths, Borders, Atlanta Book Exchange and now Outwrite Books. Did you know that since 2002, five hundred independent book stores have closed nationwide?
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