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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.

7 Stages teams up with KSU for 'Red Badge of Courage'

7 Stages teams up with KSU for 'Red Badge of Courage'

ATLANTA -- For its next production, 7 Stages will team up with Kennesaw State University to bring a classic American novel to life.

Red Badge of Courage will open on Thursday, Feb. 27 and run through Sunday, Mar. 23 at the Little Five Points theater.

This adaptation of the Civil War novel by Stephen Crane will include a mix of live actors, projected silhouettes and animation, and tabletop puppetry.

"It's a book I've always wanted to adapt since I first read it as a kid in middle school," 7 Stages associate artistic director Michael Haverty said in a release. "The story is all about what happens to a soldier in battle and the surreal-ness of war, especially for our main character, who really doesn't know why he's there. It's a mixture of the real and the unreal."

Professional actor Bryan Mercer and four theater students from KSU will star in the production.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

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.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

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.

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.