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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.

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

David Sedaris to attend A Cappella Books block party

David Sedaris to attend A Cappella Books block party

ATLANTA -- Famed essayist and NPR contributor David Sedaris will celebrate the paperback release of his latest collection, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, at A Cappella Books later this month.

Sedaris will be the guest of honor at a block party hosted by the Inman Park bookstore. The fun will be Monday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Several local vendors will provide refreshments, including Pallookaville, Pull Coffee and King of Pops.

The reading is free, but attendees must purchase a copy of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls through A Cappella Books to enter the signing line and meet Sedaris. The book is $17.

Visit acappellabooks.com for more information. The bookstore is located at 208 Haralson Avenue; the book signing will take place in the venue's brand new event space.

Young authors to hold conversation at Mother

Young authors to hold conversation at Mother

ATLANTA -- Author John Brandon and Georgia State University professor Josh Russell will team up for a reading and conversation in Atlanta next week.

The two will be at Mother in the Old Fourth Ward on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Brandon is the author of three novels and recently published his first short story collection, Further Joy. The book contains 11 stories and "a stunning assortment of men and women at the edge of possibility-gamblers and psychics, wanderers and priests, all of them on the verge of finding out what they can get away with, and what they can't," according to A Cappella Books in Inman Park, which is sponsoring the reading.

Russell is co-director of GSU's creative writing program. He is also a prize-winning novelist and short story writer.

Copies of both men's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.