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Writer George Saunders to read at Highland Inn Ballroom

Writer George Saunders to read at Highland Inn Ballroom

ATLANTA -- An author and National Book Award finalist will read at the Highland Inn Ballroom early next year.

George Saunders is the author of short story collection Tenth of December, which was published this year and received near universal praise. A paperback edition will be released in January.

He will read at the Poncey-Highland hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and come with a signed paperback copy of Tenth of December.

According to A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Saunders' visit:

Through three previous collections, Saunders was recognized as one of the most important and original writers of his generation; Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible and moving collection yet.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

ATLANTA -- Many of metro Atlanta's most talented performers, directors and theater crew members descended on DeKalb County Monday night for the 2013 Suzi Bass Awards.

Every year, the Suzis honor the best theater productions in the area. Awards are given in two areas -- plays and musicals.

THE SUZI AWARDS | Meet this year's nominees
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The Aurora Theatre's staging of Les Misérables was one of this year's big winners. It took home five Suzi Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

WHO'S NOMINATED? | Meet this year's Suzi Awards nominees

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

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The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.

Kasim Reed seeks second term in Tuesday's election

Kasim Reed seeks second term in Tuesday's election

ATLANTA -- Voters in Atlanta head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed has three challengers, although his opponents have little name recognition and have not reported raising any money.

Reed is known for his strong support of President Barack Obama and his working relationship with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on issues such as economic development.

RELATED | President Obama endorses Kasim Reed

Reed hasn't been immune to criticism. Open government advocates have challenged Reed over a plan to use public financing to help support a new Atlanta Falcons stadium, and a group of street vendors have expressed their unhappiness since the city took steps to curtail the selling of goods on public streets.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

Ex-Ole Miss chancellor to speak at Carter Center

Ex-Ole Miss chancellor to speak at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- A former NFL All-Star and chancellor of the University of Mississippi will speak at the Carter Center next month.

Robert Khayat is also the author of The Education of a Lifetime, a memoir about his time at Ole Miss.

He will speak at the Carter Presidential Library on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Khayat grew up in Mississippi and was an Academic All-American football and baseball player while attending Ole Miss. He became a kicker for the Washington Redskins and eventually earned a law degree from Yale University.

When Khayat became the 15th chancellor of Ole Miss in 1995, he realized its football coaches couldn't recruit competitively because of the school's Confederate flag, which gave it a poor national image. Khayat made the controversial decision to change decades of Ole Miss tradition.