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Emily Giffin Lectures on Where We Belong at the MJCCA

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Emily Giffin embodies everyone’s best friend: she is sweet, smart, and beautiful with a caring ear who listens to all your worries while giving you sound support and advice. Her books have evolved from very light “chick lit” reading to a more personal exploration of the human heart.

In Where We Belong, Giffin delves into the world of adoptions. She writes about the two sides of a very complex situation.

Speaking before a packed house at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) in conversation with Mara Davis, former host at Dave FM, Giffin admits this story came from an experience she had in high school in Chicago. Her lab partner disappeared for a year–come to find out that in her partner’s absence she gave birth to a baby and gave it up to adoption.  This mother had the chance to hold the baby boy; all she knew is that he went to Texas.  The mother did give the option for her information to be released at her 18th birthday. Giffin remembers seeing this young woman write letters to her baby if he ever decided to come looking for her.

This planted the seed for this latest book, Where We Belong.  Giffin has lost touch with her friend and even has tried to find her on Facebook to avail. Giffin was curious about the questions of identity and self in this world of adoption and explores this subject in this book.

With six books under her belt–with several becoming movies–Giffin is a very accomplished author and New York Times bestseller.

The big news that day was that there will probably be a sequel to Where We Belong, but it will be a few books down the road. She wants to let those ideas gestate.  Giffin also has changed her publisher and wants to expand her subjects.

The second piece of big news is that she is slowing down a bit to produce one book every two years instead of every year, because she wants to spend more time being a mother and enjoying the little things. It also allows her to write the best book she can without being rushed.

Giffin admits to being a recovering lawyer and she always wanted to be a writer since she was 5 or 6, keeping a journal through law school. It took her four years to write her first book while she was a working lawyer; that book was rejected many times before it became published. She even has the letter on her web site.

As for her writing process, Giffin gets an idea, develops the characters, and writes the story. She is not much of a researcher; her characters are basically good people who do the right thing.

With her husband Buddy in the audience, she was glad to be before a hometown crowd in Dunwoody; she lives in neighboring Buckhead.  Giffin loves her fans and keeps in touch. http://www.emilygiffin.com/

Be sure to capture part of the 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the  MJCCA running through November 18th which has 52 authors with 38 events in eighteen days.

A fun way to learn more about the literary scene, A Cappella Books is on site selling books. You can get them signed, a perfect gift for this holiday season.

Visit: www.AtlantaJCC.org/bookfestival follow on Twitter @mjccabookfest  www.Facebook.com/mjccabookfest   or call 678-812-4005

 

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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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