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Susan Isaacs Speaks on Goldberg Variations: A Novel at the MJCCA

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Author Susan Isaacs, speaking before the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, shared her latest book Goldberg Variations and her thoughts on writing.

Isaacs’ odyssey began when she worked with Seventeen magazine. She wrote an advice column and expanded her experience by writing political speeches for a mayoral candidate.  After, she started a family and decided to stay home and become a full time writer.

Her latest book, Goldberg Variations, is about intergenerational relationships. Issacs admited that her Hungarian grandmother had a deep influence in her life–she was a working woman who could cook; she divorced her abusive husband and was strong.

Issacs admitted that for this book she did not write a very detailed outline; she allowed the characters to show her the way.

She said she writes stories that she wants to read, serving as her work’s first reader.  Issacs always strives for her stories to “astonish me” as she mixes in the characters.  Being a writer also gives her a license to also behave badly.

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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