Author Readings and Book Signings

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

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2019 events

Jodi Helmer
Protecting Pollinators: How To Save The Creatures That Feed Our World
Monday, May 20 | 7:15 pm

We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat and in North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third, and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent. Protecting Pollinators explores why the statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed. Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved, and keep these pollinators fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us.

Jodi Helmer writes about food and farming while tending gardens and keeping bees on a small homestead in North Carolina. She is the author of six books, including Farm Fresh Georgia and Growing Your Own Tea Garden.

Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke
Tuesday, May 21 | 7:15 pm
Holy Trinity Parish
515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

New York Times and bestselling author of 17 novels including the psychological thriller The Wife, Alafair Burke visits for the release of her latest thriller, The Better Sister, the story of two estranged sisters: one the widow of a prominent Manhattan lawyer, the other his ex. To save the teenage boy accused of murdering him, they must confront a history of long-buried secrets and betrayal. She will be joined on stage by Georgia’s own Karin Slaughter, bestselling author of the Grant Counter and Will Trent books.

Our Prince of Scribes
featuring Cliff Graubart, Cynthia Graubart, Anthony Grooms, Jonathan Haupt, and William Walsh
Wednesday, May 22 | 7:15 pm

New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy inspired a legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none is more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his 50-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy, his fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on literary life in, and well beyond, the American South.

Featured writers for this panel discussion are Jonathan Haupt (co-editor of Our Prince of Scribes), Cliff Graubart, Cynthia Graubart, Anthony Grooms, and William Walsh. Each author in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy, shedding new light on the writer and the man.

Thursday, May 23 | 7:15 pm

This zany, live talk show focuses on young adult literature and authors. The monthly program, hosted by Vania Stoyanova, features interviews, games, music, and shenanigans with bestselling and emerging authors. It’s sure to be fun for the young and young-at-heart!