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Study Carrel Reservations – Wednesday, August 23 at 8AM



Attention seniors and individuals enrolled in a Senior Seminar or Independent Study course this Fall! Be sure to make arrangements to sign up for a study carrel beginning at 8am on Wednesday, August 23.  Study Carrels are first come, first serve, so it may be best to arrive early.

Sign-up occurs at the Circulation Desk.  See our Study Spaces & Carrels page on our website for more information about procedures and forms needed to sign up.

Once the last of the seniors and individuals in Senior Seminars or Independent Study courses are served, the remaining carrels will be open to all students regardless of class year or course enrollment.  This usually occurs around 9:00am.

For further information or questions, email Sheri Clowers (

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Weekend Book Events

Poetry at Tech is a reading and discussion on Thursday, October 27th, 7:30 pm with Carl Dennis and Kate Johnson

It will be in the Kress Auditorium at The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum (Institute of Paper Science & Technology).

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.


On Thursday, October 27th at 8:00 pm Tony Horwitz will be at the Atlanta History Center to talk about his new book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. John Brown’s uprising stunned the nation and was a pivotal moment in U.S. History. The raid on Harpers Ferry prompted a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee and his defiant eloquence after his capture galvanized the North.

Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online.


SCAD Atlanta hosts Free Speech Friday on October 28th, Noon at Ivy Hall.

Free Speech Friday is free and open to the public and features SCAD writers and scholars.

It is encouraged to bring a lunch and spend lunch hour with SCAD. “Werewolves in London and Other Gothic Accoutrements” will be presented by Dr. Teresa Griffis. She will look at the structural elements that build a true Gothic novel or story.

Reservations are requested. Contact Lee Barry Todd at 404.253.3324.


Scott Poole will be talking about his new book, Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting, at Eagle Eye Book Shop on Friday, October 28th, 7pm – 9pm. Philip Nutman will join him and the two will discuss the historical and cultural significance of horror and monsters in American culture. Both authors will have books available for signing.


Atlanta History Center presents Digging up the Details: using Cemeteries and Cemetery Records in Family History Research. The workshop will be on Saturday, October 29th, 10:30 am -Noon.

Archivist Sue VerHoef teaches how to use various resources to locate your ancestors and how details on the grave marker can provide information about how they lived.

Admission is $10 members and $15 nonmembers. Reservations are suggested; call 404.814.4150 or online.


On Wednesday, November 2nd, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library hosts a lecture and book signing of Anne Emanuel. A reception is at 6:00pm and the lecture is at 6:45pm. Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution is the first and only authorized biography of Elbert Parr Tuttle. As chief judge, he had jurisdiction over most of the Deep South through the civil rights revolution. He was known for his determination to render justice and his swift, decisive rulings.
If you cannot attend the reading, but would like a signed copy of Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution, you may reserve it here.

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March Book Events

Thursday, March 3rd @ 7:15pm

In Gravely Concerned: Southern Writers’ Graves, John S. Bayne highlights the final resting places of more than 150 southern writers. Even though many graves were difficult to find, the author patiently sought them out. The book includes photos and brief biographical sketches.

Where: Decatur Library Auditorium

Tuesday, March 8th @ 7pm

Lang Whitaker is a former Atlantan, an award winning sportswriter, and a lifelong Braves fan. His new book is In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me.  In this book he shares those lessons he learned from his couch watching Bobby Cox and the Braves.

A Cappella Books

Where: Manuel’s Tavern

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Eudora Welty Exhibit

Eudora Welty Exhibit

Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections

Saturday, February 5th — Sunday, May 8th

Eudora Welty is one of the great literary voices but most people don’t realize that she also was an accomplished photographer. She worked for the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Her writing and her photography combine to show her creations of narratives and themes. By using these art forms she shows a full view of the Depression era South.

This exhibit is part of the tri-state Southern Literary Trail programs which is sponsored in part by the Georgia Center for the Book. It was developed by the Museum of Mobile with funding from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Where: Atlanta History Center

This exhibit is included with general admission, and is free to Atlanta History Center members.  For more information, please call 404.814.4000.

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February Book Events

Thursday, February 3rd @ 7:15pm

Bill Briggs’ new book is part detective story and part courtroom drama. The Third Miracle: An Ordinary Man, a Medical Mystery, and a Trial of Faith. The veteran journalist exposes the rituals and investigations that the Catholic Church uses to determine sainthood.

If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, you may reserve it at A Cappella Books.

Where: Decatur Library Auditorium

Tuesday, February 8th @ 7:15pm

Wayne Greenhaw, a Montgomery reporter, has written about Alabama government for 17 years. In 2006, he received the Harper Lee Award. Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama tells how the Klan grew more violent until confronted by a brave and unwavering coalition.

Where: Decatur Library Auditorium

Wednesday, February 16th @ 7:15pm

Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America by historian John McMillan is a look at the sixties by the rebellious young journalists at the time. Through the many counterculture weeklies American journalism and publishing was changed forever.

Where: Decatur Library Auditorium

Tuesday, February 22nd @ 7:15pm

Edward Glaeser is a Harvard University economist who studies the economics of cities, segregation, crime, and innovation. His book, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, is a response to the idea that American cities are dirty, poor, crime ridden, expensive, and environmentally unfriendly.

If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, you may reserve it at A Cappella Books.

Where: Decatur Library Auditorium

Wednesday, February 23rd @ 7pm

As part of the GPC Reads program, Terry Kay will talk about The Book of Marie published in 2007. He is a member of the Georgia Center for the Book’s advisory council and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.


Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus

Cole Auditorium

Friday, February 25th @ 7pm-8:30pm

Steve Berry will be talking about and signing his newest thriller. The Emperor’s Tomb is the fifth book in the Cotton Malone series. It’s the tale of a dangerous mission layered with detailed Chinese history. A priceless Chinese lamp contains the secret of the country’s biggest obstacle in the future.

Where: Eagle Eye Bookshop

Monday, February 28th @ 7pm

Clarence Jones is a co-writer of one of the most famous speeches in American history. His book, Behind the Dream: The Making of a Speech That Transformed a Nation, is a behind the scenes account of the time drawing near the speech and the impact it had on the Civil Rights Movement and the Nation.

If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, you may reserve it at A Cappella Books.

Where: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

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December Book Events

Thursday, December 2nd @ 7pm

Rosalynn Carter has become an advocate for improving the treatment of the mentally ill.

Her new book, Within Our Reach, shows how far we’ve come since her husband’s campaign days and how much more needs to be done.  At this event, she will discuss the state of mental illness and sign books.

If you cannot attend the reading, signed books are available for reserve at A Cappella Books.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Saturday, December 4th @ 5:30pm-7pm

Emory History event

Gary Hauk is considered Emory University’s resident historian partnered with Sally Wolff King in his latest Emory book.  Where Courageous Inquiry Leads: The Emerging Life of Emory University is composed of different Emory faculty and staff contributing stories of historic moments, movements experience on campus, and in-depth profiles.

Eagle Eye Bookshop

Monday, December 6th @ 7:15pm

(Doors open @ 6:30pm)

Executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book, Bill Starr retraced the 1773 journey of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson through the Scottish Highlands.  Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling Through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson covers the literary aspects but also is part travelogue.  There will be a kilted bagpiper escorting the author to the stage.

Please note that the Decatur Library will be closed for a furlough day on December 6, but this event will go on as scheduled. Admission will be through the auditorium door at the rear of the lower parking level.

Decatur Library Auditorium

Tuesday, December 7th @ 7pm

Before a live audience WABE’s Valerie Jackson will record her program with guest Michele Norris.  Norris is the host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”.  She planned on writing a book about the hidden conversation on race in this country but in doing so she discovered some painful family secrets.  The Grace of Silence researches her own racial legacy and how silence was used for self-protection and survival.

If you cannot attend the reading, signed books are available for reserve at A Cappella Books.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Thursday, December 9th @ 5pm-9pm

Charis Holiday Party – All Are Welcome

Celebrate the holidays with a store wide 10% off sale.  There will also be tasty treats and complimentary gift wrapping.

Charis Books

Saturday, December 11th @ 1pm

Susan Spain is the author and Elizabeth Dulemba is the illustrator of the new book, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia.  Based on the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, two cousins make their way through the Peach State visiting some of the best know sites.

Decatur Library Auditorium

Saturday, December 18th – Sunday, February 27th

Museum Hours:

9:00am – 4:45pm, Monday – Saturday

12:00pm – 4:45pm, Sunday

The Working White House: Two Centuries of Traditions and Memories is a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition.  It tells the stories of the people who have worked for the presidents and their families.  The exhibit covers the time from William Taft to George W. Bush through oral histories and historical images, documents, and objects.  See behind the scenes with examples of the daily work and enduring relationships that form.

Tickets can be ordered online.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

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November Book Events

November 9th @ 7:15pm

Richard Jay Hutto’s new book is based in Macon.  A Peculiar Tribe of People is a true life mystery thriller involving a murder, a trial, and some fascinating and bizarre characters.

Decatur Library Auditorium

November 9th @ 5:30pm-7pm

Robert Moses is a famous civil rights leader and education activist.  In 2005, he invited 100 prominent African American and Latino intellectuals to meet and discuss the quality of education for all children.  The meeting launched a movement and from these efforts his new book, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, was produced.

All Saint’s Episcopal Church

November 10th @ 7:15pm

In a special “University in the Library” series, Georgia Center for the Book celebrates the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird.  The evening’s guests will be Tom McHaney, Cathy Powers, and Tom Key.

Decatur Library Auditorium

November 11th @ 7pm

In The Fall of the House of Zeus, author Curtis Wilkie tells the story of Dickie Scruggs.  Scruggs is a brother-in-law of Trent Lott and was one of the most successful plaintiff lawyers.  He took on cases against the tobacco and asbestos industries like a modern day Robin Hood.  Then the truth was exposed of fixed cases, blocked investigations, and judicial tampering.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

November 18th @ 7pm

Doors open at 6pm

Tickets are available online or in store at A Cappella Books.

Ticket price includes admission and a signed copy of Luka and the Fire of Life

Salman Rushdie will read from and discuss his latest work with the attendees.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

November 19th @ 7pm

Admission: $5 (benefits the Decatur Education Foundation) or

Free entry with purchase of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

The Frank Meeink story, as told to Jody M. Roy, tells about his descent into the white supremacy underground and his turn around in prison.  Since being paroled, Frank began speaking out to stop the hate.

Decatur High School Auditorium

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October Book Events

October 6th @ 7:15pm

Georgia Center for the Book joins with the Georgia Perimeter College’s Writers Institute to bring two popular authors together in a special appearance.  Husband and wife, Pat Conroy and Cassandra King will be discussing their bestselling books.

Cole Auditorium @ Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus

Doors will open at 6:15pm

No reservations and no tickets required.  First come – first seated.

October 13th-16th

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival

The 4th annual AQLF will be held at many venues around Atlanta and host a variety of literary programs.  The venues are Charis Books & More, Outwrite Books, Emory Bookstore, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Decatur Library Auditorium & Meeting Room, Java Monkey, Chocolate Bar, and First Existentialist.

October 14th-November 8th

The Big Read

This Atlanta Metro campaign is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.  For the 3rd year it is being presented by the Atlanta History Center’s Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House.  This year’s Big Read is all about Edgar Allan Poe and his classic tales and poems.  Highlights include the Big Read Kick-Off Party, the Keynote Lecture with Dr. Elliot Engel, and the Big Read Film Festival.

Events are free but some require reservations.

October 22nd&23rd

Georgia Literary Festival

12th annual festival will include 25 writers with some special appearances.  Activities begin on the evening of the 22nd and include a full day on the 23rd.

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

October 26th @ 7:15pm

Poetry Atlanta Night

Some of Atlanta’s finest poets will be together for an evening of readings.  The night’s featured poets are Colin Cheney and Ginger Murchison.

Decatur Library Auditorium

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September Book Events

Monday, September 13th @ 7:15pm

Donald Sturrock has written a solid and definitive biography of one of the great writers for children and adults, Roald Dahl.  Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl covers Dahl’s remarkable life from his boarding school years and his flying for the RAF to his children and his marriages.  Sturrock’s research was in cooperation with Dahl’s adult children and both wives.

Decatur Library Auditorium

Wednesday, September 15th @ 7pm

Bestselling author, Sara Gruen, has a new book about the human-animal connection.  Ape House is the story of a group of Bonobo apes that are kidnapped from the Great Ape Language Lab and reappear as the stars of a reality TV show.

Margaret Mitchell House

Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Reservations are required.  To purchase tickets, please call 404-814-4150.

Thursday, September 23rd @ 7pm

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker makes a special appearance to talk about her new book, Promise Me:  How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.  She is viewed as the leader of the global breast cancer movement.  Her journey began with a promise to her dying sister.  The organization that she created bears her sister’s name, Susan G. Komen, and has fought to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness associated with the disease.

Agnes Scott College

Presser Hall

Saturday, September 25th @ 10am

Curious George Day

The Decatur Library has again been chosen to host “Curious George Day”.  Only a few libraries are picked each year to participate in the celebration of the very popular monkey.  The day’s events start at 10am and are for the entire family.  More information and details will be announced closer to the day.

The Decatur Library

Thursday, September 30th @ 7:15pm

Poetry Atlanta Night

The poets from Poetry Atlanta will be on hand for an evening of fun.  This event will include readings by several poets including JC Reilly, Eve Hoffman, Bob Wood, Ann Lynn and Jenny Sadre-Orafai.  Atlanta poet Collin Kelley coordinated the evening.

Decatur Library Auditorium

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Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical begins Friday, September 3rd and ends on Sunday, September 5th.

Officially kicking off the festival is the keynote address from Jonathan Franzen.  Franzen’s new book will be launched at this event.  The new book, Freedom, is his first novel since the very popular The Corrections (2002).

The festival covers most of downtown Decatur with 18 venues, more than 150 writers, and many exhibitor booths.

The many events at the festival include the Writers Conference, the Experimental Writers Asylum, Poetry, Teen Activities, Children Activities, Cooking Author and Demonstrations, Plays and Staged Readings, and the Hurricane Katrina Fifth Anniversary.

The Closing Picnic is at 6pm on Sunday.  Food from some of the top restaurants in Decatur will be offered.  Food tickets are $10 at the gate and include coupons for five small plates of food from participating restaurants.  The popular band, Zydeco T, will play at the Bandstand in the Decatur square.