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031: Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival

For the second year, Georgia State University is hosting Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival, a two-day celebration of lost and under-appreciated southern writers. During the literary festival, invited writers and scholars discuss favorite authors whose works no longer receive the attention and reading they deserve. In this week's episode, Alison interviews Dr. Pearl McHaney, one of the co-directors of the Lost Southern Voices Festival. You'll also hear a recording of Dr. Maryemma...


030: Giles Milton

No, your calendar isn't wrong. This is the Literary Atlanta podcast coming to you a day early this week. We're bringing you this week's episode on a Wednesday because our guest will be speaking in Atlanta tonight, and we don't want you to miss an opportunity to see him. Giles Milton, author of Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, will be at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on March 7th at 7:00 p.m. In this conversation recorded via Skype, Giles gives the background on his...


029: Amor Towles

Alison talks to New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles. Towles will be in Newnan, Georgia, to talk about his book A Gentleman in Moscow, on March 7, 2018. Links to Sites and Events Mentioned in This Episode Amor Towles Author Website March 1st – Kaitlin Curtice at First Baptist Church Decatur March 2nd – Stephen Pinker at the Atlanta History...


028: Jim Auchmutey

In the second recording of the Beyond Books event, held Feb. 14th at The Wren's Nest, Alison talks to Jim Auchmutey, journalist and author of The Class of '65. The book tells the story of Greg Wittkamper, who as a senior in high school, openly supported the first four black students to attend Americus High School during integration. SHOW NOTES Jim Auchmutey Author Website Feb. 23rd – Brittney Cooper at Agnes Scott...


027: Anthony Grooms

Alison talks with Anthony Grooms, whose latest novel, The Vain Conversation, comes out March 1, 2018 from Story River Books. The book was inspired by Clinton Adams, a man who says that as a ten-year-old boy, he witnessed a group of white men lynch two black couples in Walton County, Georgia. Referred to as the Moore's Ford or Moore's Landing Lynchings, these 1946 murders are sometimes considered the last mass lynching in U.S. history. Grooms says that while his novel is dedicated to the...


026: Jamie Quatro

Georgia-based writer Jamie Quatro talks about her novel, Fire Sermon. Link: Author website


025: Tayari Jones

Atlanta native, Tayari Jones, talks with Alison about her newest novel, An American Marriage. Links: Junot Díaz Keynote Speech at ABA Winter Institute 2018 Full Speech “WI13: Junot Díaz Urges Booksellers to Walk the Talk on Diversity,” Publishers Weekly Tayari Jones Author Website Judy Blumesday, Judy Blume’s 80th Birthday Event in NYC Feb. 1st – Cheryl Reid at Eagle Eye Books Feb. 3rd – Kimberly Brock and Ricki Schultz at FoxTale Book Shoppe Feb. 8th – Jessica Shattuck at the...


024: Mark Pendergrast

Mark Pendergrast and Alison talk about the future of Atlanta - LIVE - at the Wren's Nest. And don't forget to fill out our survey for your chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Link below. City on the Verge Website Beyond Books Monthly Author Series on Facebook Jan. 25th – Bryant Simon Event at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Jan. 30th – Diane Kantor Event at A Cappella Books Jan. 30th – Julie Lythcott-Haims Event at Margaret Mitchell House Complete our first listener survey for a...


022: Patrisse Khan-Cullors

In this special Monday episode, Alison is joined by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, in advance of her appearance at The Carter Center on 1/22/18. Patrisse Khan-Cullors web site Patrisse Khan-Cullors Event at the Carter Center


022: Xhenet Aliu

Debut novelist, Xhenet Aliu, speaks with Alison about finding inspiration in her home town, her surprising job history, and how she's dealing with suddenly becoming a best selling author. This week's links: The UnreadBookShelf Challenge on Instagram 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge Xhenet Aliu Author Website Jan. 18th – Laura Lee Smith in Conversation with Xhenet Aliu at Avid Bookshop Jan. 23rd – Writers at Wrecking Bar Event featuring Xhenet...


021: Laura Lee Smith

Laura Lee Smith talks with Alison about the strange beauty of Florida, the majesty of Scotland, and whether she categorizes her writing as Southern Fiction. Laura Lee Smith Author Website Jan. 17th - Laura Lee Smith at SCAD Ivy Hall Jan. 18th - Laura Lee Smith at Avid Bookshop, Prince Avenue Location, Athens, Ga. Jan. 16th - A Celebration of Denis Johnson at Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge Jan. 17th - The Big Read: In the Time of the Butterflies at Decatur Library Jan. 18th - Kevin...


020: Nic Stone

Nic Stone, author of YA bestseller Dear Martin, meets with Alison and her special guest, Austin Miles Anderson, a high school senior and journalist-in-training from Vox Teen Communications, an Atlanta nonprofit. It's an intense, honest and fascinating conversation. Vox Teen Communications Nic Stone Author Website “Townsend Prize Finalists Announced,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 9th – AJ Tata Event in Gwinnett County January 10th - The Wren’s Nest and Literary Atlanta Present...


019: Charles McNair

Charles McNair speaks with Alison all the way from Bogota, Columbia, where he currently resides. They talk about the risks and rewards of writing in a serialized format and the importance of long walks to the writing process. The Epicureans Atlanta's First Jewish Mayor Meets Eleanor Roosevelt in an Exclusive Excerpt from Play It Again, Sam


018: Kim Michele Richardson

Alison speaks with Kim Michele Richardson about bourbon, racism, and the joy in finding one's voice later in life. Kim Michele Richardson Author Website May 5th: TRIO Live at FoxTale Book Shoppe Dec. 14th: Daren Wang and Peter McDade at Book Exchange Marietta Dec. 16th: Rescheduled Wren’s Nest Victorian Holiday Party


017: Kalin Thomas

Kalin Thomas is program director at The Wren’s Nest. She talks to Alison about the historic West End and continuing the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris, the person responsible for collecting and publishing Uncle Remus or Brer Rabbit folk tales. LINKS FOR TODAY'S SHOW Decatur Writers Studio The Wren’s Nest Website Joel Chandler Harris (1845-1908) Entry in the New Georgia Encyclopedia West End Neighborhood Website Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore Hammonds House...


017: Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash tells Alison about the origins of The Last Ballad, the forgotten labor struggle that happened in the town where he grew up, and how it remains relevant today in the era of #metoo. And he gives his 8 words of advice for young writers. Wiley Cash Author Website “Ernest and Me,” Garden & Gun “A Murdered Singer and a Strike in Gastonia: This True Story Led to ‘Last Ballad’,” Charlotte Observer Writers at Wrecking Bar Event featuring Wiley Cash Sally Mott Freeman at Atlanta...


016: Upcoming Events

We've got some news this week on upcoming events. We'll be back on November 30th with a full show. Until then, check out these events. And don't forget to shop at your local bookstore on November 25th! Nov. 17th: Khizr Khan at the Carter Center: Nov. 18th: FoxTale Book Shoppe hosts Karen Kingsbury at River Church in Canton, Ga.: Nov. 18th: Atlanta...


015: Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin stops by to talk with Alison about his award-winning book of essays, This Gladdening Light. Christopher Martin Author Website: “A conversation with Christopher Martin about the journey of writing,” ArtsATL: Writers Night Out Event on November 10th featuring Christopher Martin and Dana Wildsmith: OTHER EVENTS MENTIONED IN...


014: Dee Kline

Alison goes out in the field to speak with Dee Kline, one of the co-chairs of this year's Book Festival of the MJCCA. From November 4th through the 20th, the Festival will celebrate 26 years of bringing culture and conversation, to not just Atlanta’s Jewish community, but the greater Atlanta community Jewish Book Council History Web Page: 25TH EDITION OF THE BOOK FESTIVAL OF THE MJCCA Website:...


013: Sally Kilpatrick

Sally Kilpatrick started writing when she was - WAIT, did somebody day GIVEAWAY?? Listen to the whole episode to learn how to get a free copy of Bless Her Heart as well as a special gift! And along the way, you'll learn about the true value of Romance writers, why setting goals is so important, and how getting a book deal changes everything. Sally Kilpatrick Author Website: Bless Her Heart Book Launch Party Facebook Event Page:...


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