Esther Levine is a long-time Atlanta publicity escort and media specialist who accompanies visiting authors around town to their various readings and publicity events. Every couple of weeks she compiles a list of upcoming author appearances. It’s not necessarily comprehensive, but it’s a good representation of local literary events. Here is a selection from her calendar for February.
“WILD CHILD: and Other Stories”
Award-winning author of twelve novels including THE WOMEN, THE INNER CIRCLE, A FRIEND OF THE EARTH, WORLD’S END, WATER MUSIC and over 100 short stories, has written a new collection of short stories. In the title story of the new collection, Boyle retells the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, in a way that makes it become not just new but shows how it must have happened. The tale is magical and moving and is a powerful investigation of what it means to be human. Boyle’s short stories showcase the mischievous humor and socially conscious sensibility that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
Talk and signing at the Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA at 7 p.m.
“THE MIDNIGHT HOUSE”
#1 New York Best-selling thriller author of THE SILENT MAN, THE GHOST WAR and THE FAITHFUL SPY has written a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense. CIA agent John Wells is called back into service after two men, who were part of an eleven-member interrogation team, were found dead. Upon delving deeper he finds out the men were members of a team, based in Poland and called Midnight House, that interrogated, using whatever means necessary, those thought to have knowledge of imminent threats. In the wake of public controversy, this group of interrogators was later disbanded – given medals for their heroism and Prozac for their nightmares. Wells must find out who is killing them. He goes undercover looking for Islamic terrorists, the likely suspects, but finds that the trail of blood he discovers leads him and his boss, Ellis Shafer, to a place they wouldn’t have imagined and raises questions about the men of the Midnight House.
Talk and signing at Eagle Eye Book Store, 2076 North Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA
Dr. Deborah G. Plant, speaker for The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts.
“EVERY TUB MUST SIT ON ITS OWN BOTTOM: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston” and “ZORA NEALE HURSTON: A Biography of the Spirit” (Women Writers of Color Series)
Zora Neale Hurston is regarded as an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the most important and influential African American writers of the past century. Though numerous biographies have been written about her there was still a part of Hurston’s life that had not been explored. Because Hurston believed strongly in her self, knew her self worth, had the courage of her convictions, and was totally centered and anchored in spirituality, she was able achieve and endure ill health, personal and professional disappointments, struggles to fund her projects, and even the inability sometimes to buy groceries. This new book focuses on her spirituality and her religion and how it was reflected in her writings, her academic and professional career, and her sociopolitical activity and tells a side of Hurston that reflects the whole woman – the writer, the philosopher, and the spiritual soul.
Talk and signing Feb. 24 at the Decatur Library at 7 p.m. and Feb. 25 at Spelman College at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Atlanta History Center)
“NORTHWARD TO THE MOON”
Highly acclaimed author, National Book Award winner and Newbery Honor recipient, whose previous novel, MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES has won many honors including the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. In her newest book, Jane and her family have moved to Canada – but not for long. When her stepfather, Ned, is fired from his job as a high school French teacher (seems he doesn’t speak French), the family packs up and Jane embarks on a series of new adventures. Setting off by car, they visit places of her stepfather’s past and wind up spending the summer with his eccentric mother on her ranch out west. As Jane lives through it all – developing a crush on a ranch hand, reevaluating her relationship with Ned, watching her sister Maya’s painful growing up – she sees her world, which used to be so safe and secure, shift in strange and inconvenient ways.
Talk and signing at the Little Shop of Stories at 4:30 p.m.