Savannah, Dunwoody fests announce featured authors
The Savannah Book Festival has announced Pat Conroy as the keynote speaker for its fifth annual gathering, set for Feb. 15-19. Information: www.savannahbookfestival.org.
Meanwhile, the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is partnering with the Decatur Book Festival on its Summer Book Club Bash, 7 p.m. June 27. Presenting authors Mary Kay Andrews (”Summer Rental”) and Patti Callahan Henry (”Coming Up for Air”) as well as book sales and information on local literature resources, the event will be at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. It’s free but reservations are recommended: 678-812-4002, www.atlantajcc.org.
By the way, the Decatur Book Festival plans to reveal its Labor Day weekend lineup on June 16. HOWARD POUSNER
Hudgens opens 4 shows
Those with an interest in prints and paper arts will find plenty to gaze at in the four exhibits opening June 9 with a 6-8 p.m. public reception at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. The shows include “Pressing Matters: Atlanta Printmakers Studio Annual Members Exhibition,” a four-person invitational book arts show, the Gwinnett County Public Library’s 3rd annual “Altered Book Exhibition” and “Pulp Fashion: The Novel Art of the Paper Dress.” Admission also will be waived on Family Day, 10 a.m.-noon June 18, with the Atlanta Printmakers Studio leading hands-on art activity for children. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002, www.thehudgens.org. HOWARD POUSNER
2 troupes make fund-raising push
To finish its fiscal year (ending June 30) in the black, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company is attempting to raise $50,000 in individual donations, which would then be matched by $100,000 from its board (information: 404-588-0308). Meanwhile, Horizon Theatre is attempting to raise $30,000, which would cause a $15,000 challenge grant to kick in and put the troupe within striking distance of closing the year in the black (www.horizontheatre.com/contributors.htm). HOWARD POUSNER