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Author T.C. Boyle to read at Decatur Library

Author T.C. Boyle to read at Decatur Library

DECATUR, Ga. -- Acclaimed novelist T.C. Boyle will read from his latest book this month at the Decatur Library.

Boyle has penned 24 novels and won several prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and France's Prix Médicis Étranger. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Boyle's latest novel, The Harder They Come, is inspired by true events and explores the violence within a family.

He will visit the Decatur Library on Tuesday, Apr. 21 at 7:15 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public, and will also feature a book signing.

A Cappella Books will provide copies of The Harder They Come for purchase. The Inman Park bookstore, which will sponsor Boyle's visit, provided this synopsis of the novel:

Acclaimed author to read at A Cappella Books

Acclaimed author to read at A Cappella Books

ATLANTA -- Author James Hannaham will visit Atlanta next month to promote Delicious Foods, his second novel.

Hannaham is the author of God Says No and a co-founder of the performance group Elevator Repair Service. He has an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Hannaham lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

He will read from, discuss and sign copies of Delicious Foods on Sunday, Apr. 12 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

A Cappella Books is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE. The bookstore provided a synopsis of Delicious Foods:

Held captive by her employers -- and by her own demons -- on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance and survival.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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A Cappella Books to celebrate Gary Shteyngart

A Cappella Books to celebrate Gary Shteyngart

ATLANTA -- A Cappella Books will hold one of its famous Ballroom Book Bashes next month.

Gary Shteyngart will be the honoree, joining the likes of Nick Hornby, George Saunders and Irvine Welsh. The party will celebrate the paperback release of his memoir, Little Failure.

The Ballroom Book Bash will be Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Inn Ballroom.

Tickets are $17 and come with a paperback copy of Little Failure. They can be purchased at acappellabooks.com.

7 Stages presents 'The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad'

7 Stages presents 'The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad'

ATLANTA -- The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad, a new work from Atlanta playwright Suehyla El-Attar, will premiere at 7 Stages Theatre next month.

The play examines the possibility that fictional characters -- in books, video games and even religious parables -- actually exist in an alternate universe. Lead character Summer considers these ideas while grappling with the loss of her father.

"This is an extremely personal story for me and a self-discovery of how there are various ways to grieve, to heal," El-Attar said. "Mine is delving into stories, seeing other worlds."

El-Attar is a longtime friend to 7 Stages; she has been one of the theatre's Artistic Associates for a number of years and has also participated in Youth Creates, its training program for teens.

"It is an honor to finally offer my friend and collaborator a space to create and connect her own life to our work," 7 Stages Artistic Director Heidi S. Howard said in a release.

Sean Michaels to read at Highland Inn

Sean Michaels to read at Highland Inn

ATLANTA -- A debut novelist will read from his book about the inventor of the Theremin next month in Virginia-Highland.

Sean Michaels is the author of Us Conductors and also blogs at Said the Gramophone. His Atlanta appearance will be shared with Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, a local duo that will show off the instrument at the center of the novel.

Us Conductors tells the story of Lev Termen, a Soviet scientist who creates the Theremin and falls in love with its finest player, Clara Rockmore. He builds his name while working as a music teacher in New York City, but soon returns to Russia and is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag before being brought to Moscow to eavesdrop on Joseph Stalin.

Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

ATLANTA -- A new novelist will read from her first book at A Cappella Books later this month.

Dale Kushner decided to write her debut novel, The Conditions of Love, while pursuing her MFA. She signed up for a poetry program, but soon switched to fiction after realizing she had a story to tell.

Kushner will read from and sign copies of The Conditions of Love at the Inman Park bookstore's Reading Room on Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m. 

A Cappella Books provided this synopsis of the novel:

In 1953, 10-year-old Eunice lives in the rural backwaters of Wisconsin with her mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father, Eunice worries that she will share her mother's fate and become a misfit.