Author Readings and Book Signings

Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St
Presented by the Georgia Center for the Book

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2018 events

Tony Grooms
The Vain Conversation
Monday, May 21 | 7:15 pm

Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters – one of the victims, a presumed perpetrator, and a ten-year-old witness to the murders. In The Vain Conversation, Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and occasional levity, he explores what it means to offer and receive redemption, and the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere. Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, Groom’s novels Bombingham and Trouble No More were selected as Books All Georgians Should Read by the Georgia Center for the Book. He currently teaches writing and American Literature at Kennesaw State University

Secrets of the Southern Table: A Gallery Show
May 20-June 3 

This exhibit features the food photography of Angie Mosier from Virginia Willis’s new book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour Of The Global South. Willis takes you on a tour of today’s American South, rich in history and cultural diversity, and shares well-known southern recipes like pimento cheese tomato herb pie and “cathead” biscuits, and explores the area’s many global influences that result in dishes like catfish tacos with avocado crema, Mississippi-style Char Siu pork tenderloin, and Greek okra and tomatoes. A series of Mosier’s stunning photographs from the book highlight these stories and the delicious recipes that accompany them, celebrating the rich and ever-evolving heritage of Southern cooking. Willis will give a lecture and book signing at the Decatur library on May 30. The exhibit will run through June 3.

Southern Poets 

Featuring Kimberly Simms

Tuesday, May 22 | 7:15 pm

Kimberly Simms’s debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Piedmont region, blending history and insight with sorrow, joy, and redemption. An award-winning poet and 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In-Residence, Simms is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University.


Wednesday, May 23 | 7:15 pm

The brain-child of writer and artist Jessi Esparza, former bookseller and author Kimberly Jones, and author-photographer-writer Vania Stoyanova, YATL is a zany live talk show that exposes readers to diverse voices in young adult literature. Featured guests are S. Jae-Jones, author of New York Times best seller, Wintersong, Nashville-based author Amanda K. Morgan, and Georgia-based author Rebecca Ross.