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Junot Díaz to read at Carter Center

Junot Díaz to read at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Renowned author Junot Díaz will discuss and read from his new short story collection at the Carter Center later this month.

The talk, which is sponsored by A Capella Books, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

During his appearance, Díaz will read from This is How You Lose Her, which hits bookstore shelves on Sept. 11. Publishers Weekly describes the book as "searing, sometimes hilarious, and always disarming," while Booklist calls it "magnificent ... sharply observed and morally challenging."

Individual tickets for Díaz appearance are $29 and include a signed first edition of This is How You Lose Her. Couples' tickets are also available for $40 and come with one copy of the book. Tickets are available at A Capella Books, which is located at 208 Haralson Avenue in Inman Park. They will also be available at the door.

Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

ATLANTA -- In honor of Grandparents Day, two local authors who were raised by their grandparents will host a celebration at Atlanta's Carter Center.

President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation for a national celebration of grandparents in 1978. This year's Grandparents Day lands on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Carter Center event will begin at 7 p.m. on that day and will be hosted by Michael Morris and Robert Leleux.

Morris based his latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, on a true story his grandfather told him. In the book, a man on the run for murder is shipped to his family in a crate.

Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

ATLANTA -- Joseph Crespino, a historian at Emory University and author of Strom Thurmond's America, will give a lecture at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Crespino will discuss Thurmond's rise to power and how his actions in the 1950s and 1960s led to the current rise of the Southern Republican movement.

According to a release from A Capella Books, which will sponsor Crespino's appearance:

Fulton County Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards hosts third quarter listening session

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7, will host his Third Quarter “Community Listening Session” on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to voice their comments about Fulton County services in South Fulton. 

All citizens, including youth, are urged to participate in the session, which will be held in the South Fulton Government Service Center Auditorium, located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park, Georgia.

Staff from Fulton County agencies will be on hand to answer questions and follow up on inquiries. 

The final 2012 Listening Session is scheduled to take place November 15, 2012.  

For more information, please contact Commissioner Edwards’ office at 404.612.8230 or 404.612.3079.


Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

Q&A With ONE MusicFest Founder, J. Carter

Q&A With ONE MusicFest Founder, J. Carter

ATLANTA -- The ONE MusicFest was awarded by the City of Atlanta with the Phoenix Award, the city’s highest honor, in its very first year for its innovative infusion of diversity. The annual interactive outdoor live music festival will attract thousands of attendees and feature 11 hours of music by both national and local artists,DJs, live art, food, games and much more.

I sat down with the founder of the event, J. Carter to find out what to expect at this year’s festival.