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Culture notes: Decatur Book Fest offers toasts to literacy, Johns Creek Symphony announces season

Decatur Book Fest offers toasts to literacy

You can share libations and some liquid conversation with top authors appearing at the AJC Decatur Book Festival as part of a new fund-raising effort being launched by the Labor Day weekend fest. Bidding is underway on eBay for drinks and hour-long chats with seven writers including Mary Kay Andrews, Joshilyn Jackson, Hal Needham and Clyde Edgerton. It’s a benefit for Decatur Education Foundation’s youth literacy efforts. Go to for links to the auctions. HOWARD POUSNER

Johns Creek Symphony’s season

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, a professional part-time orchestra performing at various venues in North Fulton county, has announced its 2011-12 season, its fifth:

* “Masterworks!” Oct. 29. Featuring principal cellist Meghan McGuire performing Haydn’s Concerto in C Major.

* Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops Concert. Dec. 3. Guest soloists and choirs join the JCSO.

* “All Beethoven!” Feb. 25. Performing Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with with the 130-voice Michael O’Neal Singers.

* “An Evening with Oscar & Tony” April 14. Music from Broadway and Hollywood.

Tickets: $30 adults, $23.50 ages 55 and up, $16.50 students. Season tickets and group discounts available. Performances start at 8 p.m. Information: 678-748-5802, HOWARD POUSNER

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