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Jan 28 2008

Atlanta Area Author Talks–Where to Find Them!

by Nolan R

The other day my husband (a high school lit teacher and fellow book nerd) asked me, “How can I find out about author appearances in Atlanta?”  I turned to him, shocked, since I forward him an email about author appearances at least once a month or so.  “More than the ones I already send you?” I asked.  “Yeah,” he said, “I mean, I wish there was somewhere to find a list of everything coming up all over Atlanta.”

It occurred to me that others might be wondering the same thing.  So I’ve compiled a list of different places you can go to find author events in the local area.  The list is in no particular order, and feel free to add a comment suggesting something I might have missed.

Access Atlanta
Access Atlanta is available in print and online from AJC. The site has an events search box–simply scroll down to “book events” and click “GO” for events all over the metro Atlanta area.

Creative Loafing
Click on Atlanta to enter the local site.  There’s an event search but it’s kind of clunky for book and author searches, since it mainly focuses on film, art, and music events.  Try going farther down the page to the “Do It This Week” tab, and click on “All Events.”  This brings up a more simplified search box to the left of the page where you can try searching for keywords like “book,” “books,” or “authors.”

Georgia Center for the Book
The Georgia Center for the Book presents nearly 100 author events each year bringing some of the finest writers from around the nation and the state for free public programs.  Dekalb County Public Library serves as the host location for GCB.

The Literacy Center and The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
(formerly known as the Center for Southern Literature)
The Literary Center (formerly known as the Center for Southern Literature) preserves the legacy of Margaret Mitchell through weekly literary events, creative writing classes for adults and youth, and the facilitation of Poetry Out Loud in Georgia.

Emory University

Agnes Scott College

Oglethorpe University

Borders Books & Music
Check store inventory and upcoming events at up to six of your favorite Borders stores when you create a “My Stores” list. Enter your city, state, or zip in the form to get started.  I tried this myself and it seems to work best from this page, rather than from “Events” or “Store Locator.”

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Nolan R. January 30, 2008 at 12:04 PM

I forgot a local bookstore! How could I?!

Wordsmiths Books

There’s a list of upcoming author appearances and events on the right hand side of the page, both appearing at Wordsmiths and other locations (like the Library!). Had I known this sooner, I wouldn’t have recently missed Rob Sheffield, author of “Love is a Mix Tape,” a book that made me cry, and cry, and cry some more.

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