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May 9 2016

So You Want to Write a Book!

by Jencey G

How many of you have on your bucket list publishing a prize winning book? Where do you begin? What are your next steps?  How do you start a manuscript and see it through to the end that includes publication?  What makes for good plot and character development? Or just a good story?

The library can help.  One way to do this is to visit the experts.  You can attend programs at Georgia Center for the Book.  There is usually at least one program each week with many different authors and genres represented.  There almost always is a question and answer session at the end of the author’s talk for those with writing questions.

The next option would be to attend a writer’s group program at one of our many branches.  These groups can provide accountability and or work on skills that help progress your writing.  There are groups that have met at our locations at Wesley Chapel- William C. Brown, Stonecrest, Clarkston, Dunwoody, among others.  Some branches have speakers that come and focus on a certain skill in writing.  We had a program at Clarkston about the psychological effects of characters within your writing. Dunwoody has had a gentleman who comes and helps you work on the tools of writing.

There are many books that are perfect to help you wiJanet Evanovichth your writing and are also available on audiobook.   They may also be available in e-content as well. Your favorite authors get asked questions all the time about writing.  Janet Evanovich is one of those authors who has written a book about her writing process and the publishing field.  You can find, How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author at DCPL. I found it to be insightful.  One of the most recommended is Stephen King On Writing, A Memoir of Craft.  There are books available that focus on plot, character development, or how to read as a writer.

Please visit the catalog and see what can make writing your manuscript happen.  Please also visit the events page on the DeKalb Library website.  Maybe I will see you at a Georgia Center for the Book program!


Jun 18 2010

Share Reads – Try A Local Author

by ShareReads

ShareReads appears on the DCPLive blog on Fridays. Each week, a different person will share a little about what they’re currently reading, and why they like or don’t like it.  The heart of ShareReads will be responses from blog readers, and the window of opportunity here is wide. Feel free to respond and discuss the book or author being mentioned, ask or answer a question, or even take the conversation in a different direction: mention what you are currently reading, and how you feel about it.  The point of ShareReads is to have an ongoing discussion about books and reading.  Remember: posting a response also counts as an activity for the Summer Reading for Adults program.

Last week, DCPLive featured an interesting post about local, organic food. Part of the slow food movement involves buying food which is locally grown, thereby supporting local farmers. Considering this brought me to the notion that writers bring seeds of ideas to readers in much the same way that farmers grow vegetables. They keep returning to them over and over, nourishing them with patience and diligence until they’re ready for our consumption. No matter what you eat this summer, it’s the perfect time to enrich your reading diet by trying (and supporting) a local author.

We’re very fortunate that DeKalb County is the home of the Georgia Center for the Book. This organization has featured many Georgia authors in DeKalb libraries, including Terry Kay, Mary Kay Andrews, Karin Slaughter (who will be at the Decatur Library on July 1st), and Joshilyn Jackson (who will be at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library on June 29th).

I’ve recently finished a wonderful new book by a local author who presented a GCFTB program back in May. David C. Tucker loves to write about movies and television, and his latest book, Lost Laughs of 50s and 60s Television: 30 Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen, is a wonderful tribute to some shows which got lost in the sands of TV history. Some actors featured in the book, like Harry Morgan (Colonel Potter on M.A.S.H.) Francis Bavier (Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show), or Marion Ross (Richie’s mom on Happy Days), are much better known for their other work. Other actors have been largely forgotten. That’s a shame, and you’ll enjoy reading about them too.

Since it’s hard to see these shows today, I’m grateful that Lost Laughs includes many photos. This is truly a user friendly book, containing an appendix charting the shows in chronological order (I mention this because the shows are presented alphabetically). You can read the book in chapter order, or mix it up in any way you choose. My three favorite shows are Angel, Mrs. G Goes to College, and Wendy and Me. I’ll pique your curiosity by telling you that Angel was created by the man who brought us I Love Lucy, and Wendy and Me featured George Burns.  It’s hard for me to imagine why these three didn’t last longer, but I’m sure you’ll have your own wish list once you’ve picked up this book.

If you’d like another actor fix, I also recommend David’s other books, The Women Who Made Television Funny, and Shirley Booth: a Biography and Career Record. There’s another good dose of wit and entertainment to be found between those covers.

So, do you have a favorite Georgia author? There’s a lot of great writing to celebrate, and some of it is being created right now at a computer keyboard near you!


May 3 2010

Read, Georgia, Read!

by Patricia D

We are beyond lucky in DeKalb County to be the host site for the Georgia Center for the Book.  The GCB’s mission is to provide support to libraries, literary programs and, whaddaya know, literature.  They do it in fine style and though the mission is to serve the entire state many of the programs are based in the metro area.  Over the years I have attended many GCB events at the Decatur Library and the Carter Center.  I missed Christopher Moore discussing Fool and Paula Deen sharing her story in Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ because I had to work, but I also had the great pleasure of meeting  Annette Gordon Reed when she was here discussing her amazing, Pulitzer prize winning  The Hemingses of Monticello.  Many of the GCB Author Talks are also available on the website as downloadable podcasts.  As a children’s librarian I have a tough time keeping up with adult literature and have to work hard to find things I might like.  Thanks to GCB programs I have read many books I would otherwise have skipped (Finn by Jon Clinch and Martha Washington: An America Life by Patricia Brady) which is why I’m so pleased to see the “25 Books All Georgian’s Should Read” list.  I probably won’t  get to read everything on it in 2010 but I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into this list.  You should try it out too.  See the completed list here.


Sep 8 2008

Show Your Support!

by DCPLive

Don’t delay!  Sign up for your Public Library license plate today!  One thousand tags must be applied for by December 31, 2008 in order for the tag to be produced.

The tag is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book, and part of the funds received from the sale of this plate will go to purchase books for Georgia’s public libraries.

The initial cost to request a tag is $25, which is the manufacturing fee for the plate.  If one thousand requests have not been received by the deadline, then the $25 will be refunded.  (Read more about fees here.)  You can get the application online, but if you prefer to pick one up in person, just visit your local tag office or any DeKalb County Public Library branch.


Jul 22 2008

Artemis Fowl Comes to Decatur

by Heather S

Eoin Colfer, the mastermind behind the Artemis Fowl series, will be stopping at the Decatur Library next Tuesday, July 29, at 4:00 pm. All the way from Ireland, Mr. Colfer is touring the United States with his “Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence” tour. The show promises to be hilarious for everyone in the family!

Mr. Colfer will be signing copies of his newest Artemis Fowl adventure, The Time Paradox, after the show. And, don’t worry if you haven’t already picked up a copy, books will be for sale at the event.

Thank you to the Georgia Center for the Book and Little Shop of Stories for this awesome opportunity!

If you want to stay into the evening, the Georgia Center for the Book and Mingei World Arts will be hosting local favorites Carmen Deedy and John McCutcheon at 7:15 pm at the Decatur Library. Their performances will benefit the building of a library in a small Mexican community. It should be an entertaining evening of superb storytelling and folk singing.



Imagine this.  Three or four writers sit down in a room and talk about everything from their own books to politics and culture.  Now there is a show available exclusively on the web that does just that.  It’s called Titlepage, and it’s hosted by Daniel Menaker, the former fiction editor at The New Yorker who left his post as executive editor in chief of the Random House Publishing Group in June to host the show.

“We’re hoping to let people listen in on the kind of conversation they might like to have themselves if there were a group of three or four people in a room,” said Mr. Menaker.

The most recent episode features a conversation with Simon Winchester, Aleksandar Hemon, Rabih Alameddine and Nam Le—all born outside the U.S.—talking about the riveting, global stories in their latest books, the strengths and beauty of the English language, and whether any writer can (or even should) try to represent an entire culture.

Previous discussions include writers as far ranging as Richard Price, Susan Choi, Edward Hirsch, David Hajdu, Sloan Crosley, and Elizabeth Strout (just to name a few).

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check out the monthly Georgia Center for the Book Author Talk events at your local DeKalb County Public Library branches!