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The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy at the MJCCA

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The 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is underway and on day three 80s super heart-throb and travel writer Andrew McCarthy spoke about his new book The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

Hard to believe this brat pack member and star of cult movie classics Pretty in Pink, Weekend at Bernies, and Mannequin is 50 year olds young.  He still has his boyish charm and in this book opens up about his internal struggle to find himself. He notes his book is about “a love story, travel, and personal growth.”

In conversational style McCarthy sat back comfortably in his lounge chair and spoke of his odyssey to discover home by going far away.  The book begins as he finally commits to wed his then fiancée and has to leave for a writing assignment.  He is sad to leave his love, but relieve to be out on his own. This sets an internal spark to ask why he may have these conflicting emotions.

McCarthy began by how he fell into acting.  When he was fifteen he had tried out for basketball and was cut from the team, at his mother’s suggestion he tried out for the play and got the part.  Once he performed on stage, he felt a certain thrill and knew that is what he wanted to do. He felt in essence “complete”.

This lead to other parts and a string of hit movies. He became part of the “it” crowd in Hollywood at 19. When asked how does it feel to be part of movies that have been able to stand the test of time. McCarthy believes that what really fueled the longevity of these movies is that at that time in the 1980s, it was one of the first movies available on video cassette.  In essence people could take him home with them and watch it over and over again. This memory was burned into the collective conscience.

He loved acting but there was a point he felt he was rudderless and began to escape by traveling the world. He kept a journal but was not much into journaling but he could capture a scene.  These writings turned into articles and he found that he really enjoyed travel writing.

As in acting, writing creates an intimacy. McCarthy described it as, “I see you, letting you see me.” This opened up a new career that has taken McCarthy all over the world as a travel writer.

Now his real passion is to share the world to America and make the fear go away between cultures.  McCarthy joked that travel is more than going on vacation, it is a way to see others do the things you do but in a different way.

McCarthy still dabbles in the movie business and just wrapped up a movie about a corporate guy who falls in love with a teacher. A typical Hallmark “feel good” production.

His philosophy is simple in his work, “he arranges the furniture of the story, opens his heart, and shares a bit of himself that reveals a bit of ourselves”.

McCarthy shared a joke of two fish, one fish said to the other fish, isn’t the water fine today? The other fish says “what water?”  Hopefully his book will give you insight into discovering the world near and far that is ever present is overall a good story.

Get the book The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy and keep up with the author at Twitter @AndrewTMcCarthy    or http://andrewmccarthy.com/index.php

Be sure to capture part of the 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA running through November 18  which has fifty-two authors with thirty-eight events in eighteen days.

A fun way to learn more about the literary scene, A Cappella books is on site selling books, so you can get them signed and are 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 Day, Dress 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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