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Ivy Hall Writers Series draws big names: New York Times bestsellers, a Booker Prize winner and ‘Simpsons’ writer

Writers Ray C. Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Augusten Burroughs, Joel Cohen and Colson Whitehead will all visit Atlanta for the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Ivy Hall Writers Series.The talks are free, public and followed by a book signing.

Here’s the lineup, announced earlier this month:

Oct. 22: Colson Whitehead, MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist author of “Sag Harbor,” “The Intuitionist” and “John Henry Days.”
Oct. 26: Ray C. Anderson, writer of the upcoming “Confessions of a Radical Industrialist,” former co-chairman of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development for President Clinton, recent co-chairman of the Presidential Climate Action Project, founder of Interface, a modular carpet manufacturer.
Nov. 4: Augusten Burroughs, author of “Running with Scissors,” “A Wolf at the Table,” and the forthcoming book, “You Better Not Cry.”
Feb. 23: Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize-winning author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Blind Assassin,” “Oryx and Crake” and her upcoming book, “The Year of the Flood.”
March 25: Joel Cohen, Emmy-winning writer of “The Simpsons.”

Ivy Hall, the 4,300-square foot mansion built in 1883, reopened last year after it was donated to the art college and underwent an 18-month renovation that restored its Victorian past with some modern flourishes. It’s the home of SCAD’s professional writing program, but also holds events featuring dance, visual art, architecture, fashion, music and, of course, writing.

Want to go? Writers Series talks and book signings are free and run from 6:30-8 p.m. on their given date. Books are available for purchase by cash or check only. SCAD’s Ivy Hall, 1600 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-253-2759, www.scad.edu/ivyhall.

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