If you’re a writer, getting published in Tin House is something to crow about. It’s one of the most prestigious literary magazines published today, and its co-founding editor, Rob Spillman, will be at Augusta University at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Butler Room of Jaguar Student Activity Center. Spillman, who was recently awarded the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, will talk about the memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties (Grove Press, $25).
The work is a colorful, coming-of-age portrait of an artist’s life, but it’s also a cultural exploration of Berlin, where Spillman tried to forge a bohemian lifestyle after the Berlin Wall came down. Before his reading at AU, Spillman will lead a master class on establishing authority across the genres. If you are interested in attending this event, too, contact Anna Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING FOR A book-club field trip? The Columbia County Library is playing host to a lineup of mega-selling authors Thursdays in September and October.
• Sept. 15: E. Lockhart, author of the breakout young adult novel We Are Liars.
• Oct. 6: Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and adapted into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.
• Oct. 20: Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, which was on the New York Times best-sellers list for more than 156 weeks
• Oct. 27: Anne Perry, a prolific author of primarily historical detective fiction, with more than 80 books to her name.
All events are free and start at 7 p.m. Register at eventbrite.com
AUTHOR SIGNINGS. Dana Putnam Burkhart shares memories of Lincolnton, Ga., and Thurmond lake in her children’s book, A Weekend With Nanny and Pa. She’ll be signing books at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center Gift Shop from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.
• David Dillard Wright, author of A Mindful Morning: Start Each Day with a Clear Mind and Open Heart, will be at the Book Tavern at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, for a discussion of his new book about meditation and mindfulness.
AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY CINEMA SERIES. Author J.T. Leroy work about his sordid childhood was widely respected in literary circles until the media discovered there was no J.T. Leroy; he was merely the fictitious creation of a housewife named Laura Albert. Jeff Feuerzeig directed a film on the scandal called Author: the J.T. Leroy Story. He’ll discuss and screen the film at 7 p.m. Sept. 15, at Augusta University’s Maxwell Theater as well as his documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
The talk and screening of the latter will be at 1 p.m. the same day. Admission is free.
NEW FICTION FROM GEORGIA AUTHORS. Sleeping Above Chaos by Ann Hite (Mercer Press, $17) is the latest installment in her popular Black Mountain series. The novel features a love triangle, a pair of ghosts and a dollop of dysfunction set against the background of the Appalachian Mountains.
• Readers can enjoy two novels
for the price of one in Spinning the Moon (Berkely, $16) by prolific Atlanta author Karen White.
The volume contains two re-issues of her earlier works, In the Shadow of the Moon, which is about a woman who time travels to Civil War Georgia, and Whispers of Goodbye, a missing person novel set in Reconstruction Louisiana.
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