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Tayari Jones with Pearl Cleage at the Atlanta History Center

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Writer Tayari Jones admits that when she writes, she like to let her imagination go where it takes her rather than outlining out exactly how it will end up.  She admits she looks upon her work as a romance, where you are titillated with the excitement of a new lover but know that at any moment it can blow up in your face.

Tayari Jones shared her thoughts before a hometown crowd at the Atlanta History Center where she was promoting her latest book Silver Sparrow on May 15.

Her friend and mentor Pearl Cleage shared the stage as she moderated Tayari’s book talk. No subject was off-limits as Jones shared her insight into her creative writing process.

Tayari did note that the secret to writing is simply that – writing. Not to allow the reasons why not to write to stand in the way, I don’t have the time, I don’t have the space, or don’t have the money to write.

It was when she moved to Arizona where Tayari finally took the plunge to become a writer. She converted her walk in closet into a writing studio (with clothes around her) and wrote every day.

Her books have been set in Atlanta and living miles away have allowed her to capture the city through her reservoir of memories.

After success in her first book, she sought to write her next book the same way as the first.  She admits that in memoir books, people are trying to find lies; in novels they are seeking truth in the story. Silver Sparrow is not based on people she knows but on the mystery of secrets.  This book, set in the 1980’s, centers on two Atlanta families that share a secret.

Check out this book Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

To follow Tayari Jones visit: http://www.tayarijones.com/

For upcoming programs at the Atlanta History Center visit: www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures or call (404)814-4103 and learn on how to become an AHC insider.

 

Dr. Wilson Trivino is a speaker and writer for ABC Vision, he may be reached at T4Vista@gmail.com or www.T4Vista.com

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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