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August Book Events


Thursday, August 5 @ 12pm – 4pm

HarperCollins Publishing and the Gwinnett County Public Library are sponsoring a party and luncheon to mark the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Meet Mary Kay Andrews, Jack Riggs, and Paul Guest at the complimentary luncheon and book discussion.  After the luncheon and book chat there will be a free screening of the movie from 2pm-4pm.

To make a reservation for lunch please call 770-236-8333.

Garden Plaza at Lawrenceville

230 Collins Industrial Way

Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Thursday, August 5 @ 7:30pm – 9pm

Four women baseball scholars and writers will be together to talk baseball.  Dorothy Seymour Mills co-authored some of the first scholarly baseball books with her husband and colleague, Harold Seymour.  Christiana Kahrl is a co-founder of Baseball Prospectus.  Judith Testa was Brooklyn Dodger fan growing up and now has written a book about Sal Maglie.  Cecilia Tan is a Yankee fan living in Boston and also played baseball in the women’s leagues of New England.

Charis Books

Monday, August 9 @ 7pm

  • David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History.  He keeps with the cycling theme for his latest book, The Lost Cyclist.  Frank Lenz was a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist but he dreamed of cycling around the world.  Starting out with a “safety bicycle”, the forerunner of the modern road bike, he did just that.  After two years and many near disasters and hardships, he was close to the final leg of his journey through Europe.  But he disappeared in eastern Turkey.  His sponsor, Outing magazine, sent another cyclist to find out what happened.  William Sachtleben tries to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice as Turkey is on the edge of collapse.

Carter Presidential Library

Tuesday August 10 @ 7:15pm

These three authors have exciting new books about baseball.  Pete Van Wieren teamed up with journalist Jack Wilkinson (who will be attending).  Of Mikes and Men covers the memories of three decades of calling Braves’ games on air.  Dave Cohen’s new book is Matzoh Balls and Baseballs: Conversations with 17 Former Jewish Major League Baseball Players.  Hal Jacobs shows his reflections on his and his 12-year-old son’s experiences in Ball Crazy: Confessions of a Dad-Coach.

Decatur Library Auditorium

Saturday, August 14 @ 4:30pm – 6 pm

  • Decatur (Images of America Series) shows a pictorial record of Decatur’s growth from country village to busy community.  Joe Earle is a veteran newspaper reporter and longtime Decatur resident.  He collected images from many sources to capture the essence of Decatur and show how the city has changed from its start in 1823.

Eagle Eye Bookshop

Saturday August 14 @ 7pm

  • In her new book, Composed, Rosanne Cash writes about her upbringing, her development as an artist, and her current life.  This event will have more than just an author talking about a new book.  She will share some stories, sign books, and play a couple of songs.  She will perform on a custom made Martin D-41 guitar (donated by Yuengling) which will be auctioned after the event and the proceeds go to the Decatur Book Festival’s literacy efforts.

Presented by “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival” and Yuengling Beer

Hosted by Agnes Scott College and A Cappella Books

Tickets are $30 and include a copy of Composed.

Purchase tickets at Ticket Alternative

Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College

Tuesday August 24 @ 7:15pm

  • Jennifer Arnold was the subject of the PBS documentary “Through a Dog’s Eyes”.  She is the founder and director of the Atlanta based nonprofit organization “Canine Assistants”.  This organization trains and provides service dogs for people with special needs.  Her new book, Through a Dog’s Eyes, explores the intelligence, strength, and capabilities of dogs.  Her training methods center on inspiring a dog’s trust and teaching dogs to make choices.

Decatur Library Auditorium

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