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Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

A Cappella Books to hold book sale

A Cappella Books to hold book sale

ATLANTA -- A Cappella Books will hold a book sale next weekend to benefit the Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta.

The sale will be Saturday, Mar. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books will be sold for $1 to $5.

A Cappella Books is located at 208 Haralson Avenue in Inman Park. Learn more about the book sale at acappellabooks.com.

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Writer Anna Quindlen will read from her seventh novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, at the Carter Center next month.

Quindlen is a former New York Times columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work. She left the paper in 1995 to become a novelist. One of her books, One True Thing, was made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger.

She will read from Still Life with Bread Crumbs on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.

The novel "begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof," according to A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Quindlen's visit to Atlanta:

BeltLine Street Cup soccer tournament to be held this weekend

BeltLine Street Cup soccer tournament to be held this weekend

ATLANTA -- The next Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup will be held this weekend at northeast Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the games, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Soccer in the Streets.

"The Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup is a component of the free health programming the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is offering to engage the community in healthy, active lifestyles through partnerships with other health-centric organizations such as Soccer in the Streets," Atlanta BeltLine program director Rob Brawner said in a release. "We are excited to offer fun, exciting ways to get Atlantans moving."

Learn more about the soccer tournament at beltline.org.

Chelsea Handler to hold book signing in Atlanta

Chelsea Handler to hold book signing in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Enormously popular comedienne and author Chelsea Handler will hold a book signing at Atlanta's A Cappella Books in March.

Handler will perform at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Mar. 15. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day, she will sign copies of her books at the Inman Park bookstore.

Her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, is a hilarious collection of short stories about her world travels.

Because space is limited and large crowds are expected, anyone who wants to meet Handler must buy a ticket to access the signing line. Each ticket includes a copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 20 at acappellabooks.com.

The bookstore is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE.

Historian to lecture on 'last great civil rights march'

Historian to lecture on 'last great civil rights march'

ATLANTA -- A University of Memphis historian will read from his new book later this month at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Aram Goudsouzian is the author of Down to the Crossroads, which tells the story of an oft-unsung figure in the civil rights movement, and the events that followed his one-man "March Against Fear."

Goudsouzian will speak at the Carter Library on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. His visit is free and open to the public.

A Cappella Books in Inman Park, which is sponsoring Goudsouzian's reading, provided a synopsis of Down to the Crossroads:

In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi, on foot.

Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

ATLANTA -- A fresh voice in American literature will read at A Cappella Books in Inman Park next month.

James Scott recently published his debut novel, The Kept. He will read, discuss and sign copies of the book on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

A Cappella provided a summary of The Kept:

In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son, Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.

Scott was born in Boston and grew up in upstate New York. He has a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Emerson College.