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Your lifeforce had vanished from perception! So I had to To that space in between. The Force allows it. I needed a rest anyway. But this time Luke doesn't duck his strike. In one smooth motion he activates his saber But the real battle is between him and Snoke. Descending down from his seat, Snoke ignites a saber of his own. So do his two doppelgangers. The fight is on. Luke kills one Snoke, fights the remaining pair. Elsewhere, the battle between the uprising and the security and guards rages. Finn and Rose retreat. Outside, among the chaos, they hurriedly discuss what they have seen.

Snoke clones have to come from somewhere. With Luke and the Snoke clones occupied with one another, Ren reaches down, extending a hand to Rey. Then he notices something and freezes. We see what he sees. Rey on the floor, breathing hard. The upper right side of her head cut away and cauterized.

Amid the exposed bone, a small freeform transparency fills part of her head, melding sinuously with her brain. Behind the transparency, lights flash and twinkle. Reaching up, Rey touches the exposed area, and draws back her hand in shock. The revelation is as unexpected to her as it is to us. No wonder you mastered the use of the Force so quickly. He strikes down with his lightsaber. Rolling, Rey dodges the blow, grabs her owner weapon, ignites it, and fights back.

Luke kills another Snoke. He forces the last one backward. But so am I. And you are one. As Ren and Rey battle behind him, Luke prepares to confront the surge of identical newcomers. C3PO tries to flee, encounters the chaos outside, quickly retreats back in wondering how he ever got into this mess. Amid the combat raging outside, Finn and Rose save a high official from being killed by the mob. The Supreme Leader's clones: They "persuade" the official to show them and head off, but not before they have acquired some grenade-like weapons from dead security personnel. Down, down they go, into the sub-levels beneath the palace complex.

The frightened official shows them the guarded place where Snoke's clones are churned out. Finn and Rose attack. While Finn holds off the guards, Rose sets the explosives they have acquired She and Finn exchange a look. Above, more and more Snokes pour into the room. Snoke snarls at Luke. He can't possible win. Stepping back, Luke bends, picks up a fallen lightsaber. Maybe he can't, but he feels that the Force is with him. It always has been, even when he was at his lowest moments. Also, these are with him. He activates the second lightsaber and begins to swing both, making two circles, then he starts to cross them in front of him.

And then he begins to pivot, faster and faster, a veritable dervish. Surrounded by a ball of multicolored energy, he plows into the multiple Snokes, obliterating them. They can't reach him through the energy sphere he is creating around himself. Nearby, Ren presses Rey.

She came from nowhere, her parents were nobodies. She tries to resist, but cannot. In her mind, she sees. Her parents, junk dealers, with an infant. An infant with a deformed skull. They take her to a renegade surgeon on Jakku. There is one possible operation, but it's experimental and highly dangerous. It could kill her. Her parents agree to it. Rey is operated on. The shape of her head is made normal, but with part droid componentry inside to help keep her alive.

Natural skin and hair grow swiftly over the surgical opening. Her parents can't handle her. They abandon her as young girl, paying what they can to Unkar Plutt to look after her. He abandons her as a child, but she turns scavenger and somehow, survives. Rey is shaken by the recovered memories. She relaxes, sways, shuts off her saber. Ren holds off, still conflicted, but finally decides that he has to kill her. To save her from herself. To purify the Force. For his own sake. She falls backward, her eyes closing in resignation and exhaustion, and he moves in. Right into her reactivated lightsaber as her eyes snap open.

Startled, run through, and as conflicted as ever, Ren dies in front of her The fireball that has surrounded him vanishes. The First Leader is triumphant. A Jedi Master may go on and on, but a lightsaber's power is finite. The trio of Snokes surround him. Below, Finn yells at the imprisoned Rose, but she just smiles at him. The clone manufacturing area is destroyed. Above, a startled Snoke reacts.

With his attention momentarily distracted, Luke reactivates his twin sabers and throws them. Two Snokes are speared and killed. The surviving Snoke looks toward the rear doorway, but there are no more Snokes, no more replacement First Leaders. The many have been reduced to one.

But it is enough. Raising his own weapon, he starts forward. Luke waits for the end. He stumbles over to Rey and she falls against him, sobbing. We see the exposed part of her "brain" twinkling. I am a monster! Just an enhanced version. Above Almuria, Poe and R2 are triumphant. So are the Almurians. But they're still determinedly neutral, their leader warns Poe.

The Resistance needs more neutrals like them. R2 informs him that via the secret hyperspace communications channel that he has been told that the First Leader is no more and that Rey and Finn are all right. Finn and R2 turn sober. They head back down to the surface of Almuria. In the palace on Coruscant, the victorious uprising salutes Luke and Rey as they emerge from the palace into the surrounding area, which is littered with smoking fighting machines, etc. C3PO, brushing at himself, follows behind.

Luke suddenly staggers, has to sit down up against a tree in the imperial park. A concerned Rey bends over him. Everything is alright now. The Force is, finally, in balance. She tells him he's going to be okay. He tells her he already is okay. There is, however, one small thing she has to do for him. Take care of the galaxy. No in-between existence this time. Holding back her sobs, Rey gently closes his eyes. C3PO is there to comfort her. But he has seen a great deal, and if he has learned anything it is that nothing is ever, really, completely for certain. Reaching up, he touches her exposed skull portion.

Has anyone told her lately how really beautiful she is? She sniffs, then starts to laugh, softly. Then her expression changes as she sees Finn, battered but alive, limping out of the smoking Imperial complex. He comes toward her and she rises to meet him. C3PO shakes his head dolefully. I'll never understand them. This story follows upon the events of Ep.

That which could not be corrected is passed over. No timeline for completion. Like an old clock, I'm just slowing down. I suppose everything is relative no pun intended. The energy that drove me or the compulsion, if you prefer back when I was in my twenties and thirties these days seems to be devoted to more homely tasks i. With currently six cats and a dog, there's a lot to look after I should have bought stock in a cat litter mine Ever since the maid, butler, and chauffeur quit har-de-har, as Jackie Gleason was wont to exclaim I've had more to do than in earlier times.

The house is too big for us, but after living in it for 38 years there seems no point in moving. Tahiti is too far away, New York is too busy, Anchorage too cold although that is I reckon we'll just stick where we are. Besides, if we moved I'd have to box up all the books although strangely, totally unknown folks as well as friends have repeatedly offered to kindly relieve me of any need to hang onto them.

To quote from their webpage, "NXS explores "the self" in the age of digital technology". When time allows and interest evolves, I love doing stuff like this. You can't buy a dinner for two at the Five Crowns restaurant in Amsterdam with the proceeds, but it lets you explore. And I love exploring. So, eighteen stories featuring the crazy like a wolf or just plain crazy mountain man.

It's great to see them all together in one volume. Also, new introductions to the stories. Hardcover publisher still to be determined. I'll announce the publication date when it is made available. And that's about it. February's a short month, anyway. Those of you who'd like to read it can google 5senses. It's a freebie, so no need for hesitation.

The weather here is ridiculous. The high today will be 70F. Other than the utter lack of precipitation, it's paradisical. The local critters, especially the cottontails, are more than a little confused. I will reserve my own judgment until after I've seen it later today. And no, I have had nothing to do with the film or any subsequent related material. I am not doing the novelization, spinoff titles, or anything so much as a quote on a cereal box. They, my agency, and I are actively looking for someone to do the hardcover.

It's very flattering to constantly get requests to revisit or follow up on previous work. Something else featuring Skua September.

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It's not that such projects don't interest me. That's not the problem. The problem is that they all do. Time is finite and as it passes, there always seems to be more demand on it. I love doing short fiction, too. Time, and ever less of it. Temps in the 70's until today and still above normal. The vegetation can deal with it but the birds are confused. On the other hand, our roadrunners always look a bit confused. Whereas the coyotes are delighting in the ongoing late season surplus of rodents, which is why they never bother to chase the roadrunners coyotes are the canid antithesis of stupid.

If they reflected zoological reality those great Chuck Jones cartoons would not only be boring but gruesome, with roadrunners horking down snakes and lizards while their coyote counterparts squatted nearby noisily and messily dismembering ground squirrels, chipmunks, and pack rats. Now, how did I get on that?

Reality, one learns, even reality involving charismatic animals, is more of a George Carlin routine than a Hallmark Special. Out next year from Del Rey. Which led me to a meeting with the wonderful and somewhat reclusive author James H. Schmitz, a favorite of Analog editor John W. So I can claim 47 years as a contributor. I wish I had more time to write short fiction. Heck, I wish I had more time, period. A hundred years is scarcely long enough to begin to emerge from childhood.

Arthur Clarke knew that. I think it's one reason he never passed on an opportunity to play ping-pong. Last month I posted that the Discussion Board was deactivated. Just a different system. Going to see COCO next week. I've always been a huge fan of animation. Got to give it up for Pixar. Their cinematic takes on old age, emotions, superhero life, fish family loss, and now death do not constitute typical cartoon fare.

Also note that the Discussion Board is currently deactivated. I can be contacted with questions, verbal flailings, etc. If someone would like to re-open, re-vamp, or otherwise re-handle a discussion board, I'm open to submissions. I have the time to answer questions but not to moderate. I hope everyone enjoys it. It was fun, though sometimes difficult, to write, due to the need to transcribe the Larian language into comprehensible human terms you'll understand when you read the book.

I'm trying to find time to compile some short story collections, since there hasn't been one in a while. The leaves of our wild grapevines have taken on veneers of metallic green and copper and all of the non-evergreens are losing their leaves altogether in preparation for winter The goldfinches are still all over the feeders while the first dark-eyed juncos, our omnipresent winter birds, arrived a few weeks ago. Canyon and Spotted Towhees are preparing to winter over along with the scrub jays. I don't know where our roadrunners go Hollywood? Saw a young bobcat last week, fattening up on rodents.

Autumn in the Arizona mountains. Might take awhile, but I expect it will get done. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of their live performances, it'll leave you smiling from ear to ear for days afterwards. Meanwhile, here's a link to the video of Lakalaka, a new single from the album: Watch it whenever you're feeling down. Plenty of other Te Vaka on Youtube. I regret that I am unable to travel due to domestic considerations, which is why I haven't been to a con or booksigning in quite some time. Couldn't even make it to the San Diego Comicon this past weekend.

Until circumstances change, it looks like a couple of days at the annual Phoenix Comicon will be all I will be able to manage for the foreseeable future. The ebook will be downpriced to 2. On that day the ebook will be available for 1. It's what is called monsoon season here in Arizona, even though the meteorological setup is not technically a monsoon. But it's close enough, and the name is popular enough, that the moniker has taken hold.

Moisture from the gulf of California and central Mexico is drawn northward to dump as rain over the Southwest. The lightning shows can be quite spectacular and dangerous. The thunder freaks out some of our cats while others just ignore the noise. The rain brings out other local residents who, in the absence of Tinder, have to travel to engage socially.

Here's a picture of one taken yesterday in our driveway. Many, if not most of you, will be aware that there is a forest fire of significant dimensions in "the Prescott area". While we have friends who are under evacuation orders, the fire is 17 miles southeast of our location with winds blowing east-northeast. We can see plenty of smoke, but neither our property nor the town of Prescott are in any immediate danger.

Still, it gives one pause. Some of you may know the article I wrote for the New York Times a number of years ago which addressed the wisdom and will of living in a periodic fire zone. We all live with our choices. That fire, the infamous Yarnell Hill blaze that killed 19 hotshots was far closer to our home than is the current blaze. Publication dates to come. I was able to attend Phoenix Comicon for a couple of days, though it entailed driving down each down, driving home, and repeat on the second day.

About a hundred miles each way. One of our cats, Frosty, is diabetic and I have to give him his insulin shots on a regular schedule. It was such a whirlwind couple of days that I saw practically nothing of the con. Had to find out about the armed idiot who early on nearly got the con closed down the incident was all over the national news from other folks who actually witnessed the takedown.

I'm afraid we're in for more of such nonsense. Getting your face on TV by any means possible seems to be a defining moment for all too many whackos these days. All 17 to date published stories will be incorporated together with introductions on how each tale came to be. Hopefully, the cover will actually give readers some idea of what the mountain man looks like. And Worthless too, of course. Publication details to come. In it I have tried, as I always have over the years, to be as true as possible to the film while adding what original material I could.

As always, I work as a combination author and fan, and I think I hope that comes through in the finished work. For those who have asked: All of the Flinx books track his life chronologically. The official Commonwealth Chronology is available for perusing on my website and gets updated every time a new Commonwealth tale comes out. Keeping it all straight over a period of 46 years so far has been a challenge. The eternal question writers get asked, "where do you get your ideas?

I love doing the Mad Amos stories. They're always fun, relaxing, and allow me to wander around the real Old West, a place of myth, legend, and real history where I've dwelled for the past 36 years Arizona. I'd concocted this notion of having Mad Amos meet up with John Muir, in relation to an actual incident in Muir's life. But as is not uncommon in such circumstances, while I had what I thought was a good idea, I couldn't quite get into a story. Then one morning, while reading the news, a title struck me.

But the interest arrises from the juxaposition. What has a mountain man to do with a cat? More intriguingly, what has a cat to do with a mountain man? Most interesting of all And from that the story, as stories are wont to do, wrote itself. To my delight and amusement. Hopefully before too long it will equally amuse an editor. With a proper cover. There are 20 tales extant now. That would make for a nice, substantial book. If all goes well, I'll see some of you there. Murray was a warm, open human being and a wonderful artist. Years before I made Murray's acquaintance I struggled to get U.

Perhaps because Footrot Flats, being set on a working farm, dealt with actual farm topics like birth, death, and sex. I thought it would have done wonderfully well in the American heartland. Metropolitan areas, too, but the strip never got the chance. Certainly it was syndicated and immensely popular all over the rest of the world All of the daily and Sunday strips are collected in book form and are available on line, including A Dog's Life, the feature-length animated film that for years was New Zealand's highest-grossing film until it was topped by, I believe, The Return of the King.

I cannot recommend them all highly enough if you enjoy good comedy writing, good comic art, and a knowing sensibility all too often absent from most daily strips. I wouldn't devote this much space out of a brief monthly update if I didn't believe in what I was saying. For a proper introduction you can go to www. This official site is maintained by Murray's son and will ease you into the world of the comic.

A number of you keep inquiring about future short story collections. I know there hasn't been one in a while. This is due to changing publisher priorities, even though every previous collection has done well. If there's a small publisher out there who's interested, I reckon we could put a group of recently published tales together relatively quickly.

I'd also like to do a Complete Mad Amos Malone, which would reprint the dozen stories from the long out of print Del Rey collection plus the last eight or so that have never been collected and published in book form. Together with a cover that would actually be a decent representation of the character. The ebook will be downpriced to 1. Grab 'em while you can. Though a somewhat different atmosphere from a con, I will be happy to chat and sign books when not breathing hard. If Open Road Media has a booth, I'll be around there, too. Hope to see some of you there. Phoenix in May is a lot more comfortable than Phoenix in July.

Tenative release date is end of summer. These one-volume editions provide a compact, convenient way to keep all three books easily at hand for reading at a single or extended, sittings. Thanks go to Open Road for publishing them in that format. Anyone who subscribes to the EBB newsletter can get advanced info on all their titles, etc. I was only able to attend for a day and a half and didn't expect to have time to do anything except fulfill my indicated responsibilities, but it turned out I was able to chat briefly with Mark Hamill again regular guy and meet a few other folks, including the gentlemanly Billy Dee Williams.

My schedule was pretty full and didn't really coincide with anyone else's. I was determined, however, to try and at least say hi to Fisher, whom I had never met before. I managed to ease into the very busy signing area where I politely introduced myself and asked if she would mind signing my copy of the original SW novelization. As she was obliging, I tried to make small talk.

She lit up immediately, all but jumped out of her chair, and planted me with one seriously emphatic kiss. Expecting maybe a quick "thank you" or "that's sweet of you to say so", I was more than a little taken aback And that's how I'll remember Carrie Fisher. I am working with Titan Publishing and Fox on what will be an original prequel to the film story.

There may appear another original novel in , but at this point in time nothing is set. There will be a number of short stories, however, whose publication I'll announce as they appear. This is a monthly column on art and science that I do for 5enses, a local paper. If you're curious, you can likely find and peruse at least some of them on line. That decision is up to publishers, not me.

I don't have my own publishing house and even if I did, not the time to manage it. Email Open Road for price and release date. So if you've ever been curious to read it, that's a killer deal on the price. I just enjoy writing them. When finished, they go to my agent Virginia Kidd Agency and the agency offers them to magazines and anthologies. It's different when an editor specifically asks you for a story.

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I've always delighted in writing to a theme, be it SF, fantasy, or horror. The challenge lies in forcing you, as a writer, to place yourself in a framework of someone else's imagining as opposed to your own. It's unlikely, for example, that as a writer you're sitting around one day envisioning the future of evil can-openers. So when an editor requests a story for an anthology built around that particular them, it pushes you into a different place. Mental stretching keeps the mind and the imagination just as active as physical stretching does for one's muscles and tendons.

Perhaps the most common question writers are asked is, "Where do you get your ideas? The closest I've come to conversing with a truly alien lifeform. It's a comparison of Star Wars vs. Star Trek, very heavily illustrated. I contributed the introduction, though I have to confess it had to be translated from the English by the book's authors, Oliver Cotte and Jeanne-A Debats, as my French is pretty limited sidebar: Patti's done well since then.

Even if you don't know any French, the chapter titles will give you some idea of the book's content. Uhura", "Deux sagas, deux destins", "Robes de Princesses", and so on. For completists, Francophiles, Trekophiles, and Star Warsophiles. The publisher is Dunod. I don't know how to say "bon appetite" in Klingon The tadpoles in our little plunge pool have just about turned into frogs.

Mostly they're canyon tree frogs, so we have the privilege of finding frogs on the sides of our house without having to hunt for them in the creek. Saw two Peregrine falcons fighting over Willow Lake yesterday. Prescott is something of a renowned bird area, especially for Arizona. The several lakes in the area are important wintering-over grounds, Granite Mountain is home to numerous nesting Peregrine families, and bald eagles nest and fish here as well.

In the summer there are quite a few different species. It's not Ecuador or Peru, but it's not the Sonoran Desert, either. I'm not a birder, but I still enjoy seeing a less common species like the Crissal Thrasher, green-headed towhee, and blue grosbeak in our yard. We'd have more except that the chipmunks tend to keep them off some of the feeders. It can be a difficult time of year to write, what with all the birds finishing off the last of the summer seeds, the wildflowers in full bloom the catmint outside my study is flourishing , and the grape vines of Virginia creeper starting to change color.

Makes one want to take a walk and soak it all in instead of doing battle with the English language. Yet, compulsion to work drives me back to the keyboard, if only to write my monthly column local arts and sciences free paper Adams, to be released 1 November. At least a couple of short stories coming out next year, including a new Mad Amos. Like to put out the cat at night except our cats stay in at night, or the coyotes would get them, or the great horned owls, or the red-tailed hawks in the morning, or a cougar might show up, or But enough about cats. It bores them anyway. I did make it to Midamericon: And my, how things have changed.

Never seen so many white beards in my life. Worldcon attendees are definitely skewing older. Which means that everyone else is now going to Comicons. The world doth change around us, especially when we're out of touch with certain of its sociological aspects.

Anyway, it was fun to see a Dealer's Room full of books instead of T-shirts and photos and weapons. Saw quite a number of friends I hadn't seen in years. The panel, with myself, Charley's counterpart at Fox Marc Pevers, Charley, and producer Gary Kurtz, got to see and hear something that will never be repeated. It was, thankfully, all professionally videoed, and Charley will be selling DVD's of it all once editing and such is done. As a participant, I was fascinated to hear Charley and Marc disuss the early days of marketing Star Wars, the ins and outs of the deals, etc.

And of course Gary's input was unmatched. Something that belonged on PBS, actually. Good barbeque, too, at the original Joe's. I forgot about the bottle restrictions in re carry-on luggage and the TSA confiscated by bottle of Joe's original bbq sauce. Clearly explosive material, and no flexibility. Why don't they just hire Israeli airport security to run the whole outfit?

More common sense, better security. An unusual approach that's never been tried before in a novelization. Look for it, along with the film, next year. If I can make it, I will be there from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. Look for me at the Del Rey and Wordfire Press booths. There will be some significant Star Wars panels and doubtless others as well. I hope to meet some of you there. This will be my first Worldcon in many, many years since Chicago, I believe. I'll keep everyone posted on its future.

See the Early Bird Books newsletter for 2 July: I will be there on the 19th and 20th, possibly also the morning of the 21st. I am led to believe that Friday of the convention will officially be Star Wars day. There will be special panels including one with myself, Charley, and producer Gary Kurtz, a huge slide show presentation, and much more, including some special guests. Since I almost never get to conventions any more, I will also try to do as many signings as possible. I'd much rather post artwork, or travel photos, or cartoons However, since last month's update was late and prompted some queries as to whether or not I was alive it would have been interesting had I not been but had promptly replied , I'll stick the recent shot up.

Usually it's to discuss books, or science-fiction in general, but on this occasion the subject was the future of EV's electric vehicles. As I drive a Tesla, the show wanted some shots of the car: The car was purchased in July of It was in the course of researching auto paint protection options that I first learned about such materials as vinyl wrapping, CG Quart, OptiCoat Pro, and Modena.

You can see the results from having had the car done with OptiCoat Pro a week after it was delivered. The car has never been polished and rarely had soap applied. Just rinse and wipe off. Wish I'd known about such options earlier, but I've never been a car guy. The poet Alex Ness recently conducted a very nice interview with me. Of especial note are accompanying numerous cover reproductions, some of scarce printings, that can be enlarged on the site.

This will likely be the only appearance of any kind I'll be able to make this year. I reckon if you research the show, you can find them. One where the ick factor, as you can probably surmise from the title, is a tad higher than in similar books like Icerigger, Sentenced to Prism, and Midworld. One thing I love about describing a new world is that in the course of writing about an entirely different biome I'm forced to learn a good deal of new information about the relevant biology, biochemistry, geology, and sociology.

It's an as much an adventure and exploration for me as it is, hopefully for the reader. Once I've done the rewrite we'll see about finding it a proper home. Lamb to speak at the famed Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. In the 35 years we've lived in Prescott, we've been to Flagstaff many times, and yet I've never managed to make it up to the observatory. So it will be a treat for me to finally visit the site from which Pluto was discovered. Many years ago I attended the first Saturn flyby. While everyone at the JPL in Pasadena, CA was oohing and aahing at the first ever pictures to come back from Saturn, I happened to notice a little old man ignoring them while he poked and prodded at assorted instrumentation.

A bit anxious that what he was doing might not be authorized, I pointed the activity out to one of the technicians. We let him do pretty much whatever he wants. If you're at the con, be sure to drop by and say hello. Unless I manage to make it briefly to the San Diego Comicon, Phoenix will be the only convention I will be able to attend this year.

I'm going to start making some occasional music recommendations here. You haven't heard anything until you see a 7-year old European crooning Billie Holiday and Gershwin. For classical, see if you can find the Symphonie gaspesienne by the French Canadian composer Claude Champagne.

I'm going to go pretty obscure with some of these classical recommendations. What's the point in my suggesting you listen to Beethoven's Fifth? Stop writing, that is. But I can't seem to do it. If I go more than a few days without writing something, I get antsy and worse, I feel guilty. Set in the Commonwealth but independent of everything else, although there are allusions to the thranx, KK-drive ships, and more. The book is a bit of a specialty item, so we'll see if there's any interest.

Although the manuscript contains covers for each of the books, I would sincerely hope that whichever publisher picks it up also takes the time, trouble, and possibly investment to also include stills from the relevant films As folks are eternally curious about such things, I felt it important to set down everything I could remember.

Now, when that meteor fragment hits me next week and voids my insurance, at least that bit of book-into-film history will exist somewhere outside of my head. Stu and I go back more than 40 years. He's a noted collector of SF and movie memorabilia. It's nice to be able to converse with someone without having to spend five minutes providing background material for the subject at hand. We talked books, art, film, mutual acquaintances I have a few books and a few pieces of art: Stu has rather more.

It was a nice break from all the interviews in re TFA. Those have finally begun to slow down, as the film itself runs its course through theaters. I imagine there will be a pickup when the DVD is released. The more I delve into it, the more intrigued I become with the story's ecological and cultural background. Whence it all will take me I do not yet know, but I'm certain it will be down a slippery alien slope. I'm very proud of that book, which I think is different from any other fantasy out there, and hopefully it will find the audience for which it is intended. Additionally, it allows those readers who have never met me in person to see something of the mensch who writes the stuff.

These interviews are easy enough to search out online, but one especially fun one was done for a CNN-backed website called greatbigstory. Go there and look for the piece titled "This guy wrote Star Wars and his name isn't George" titles and narration aren't my purvue. It's a rapidly-edited two minutes and thirteen seconds of me, but more interestingly, of my surroundings and my study NBC channel 12 out of Phoenix also did a nice video piece that's up on the Entertainment portion of their website, though I don't know for how much longer.

While their individual interests in my writing varied considerably, it was to be expected that every one of the interviewers would concentrate on the novelization of TFA. As a consequence, I found myself answering many of the same questions over and over again. This didn't bother me: I've grown used to it over the years. But it set me to thinking: So, why not jot them down all together, in one place?

In other words, put together a book: While I've told a number of the stories before, there is a fair amount of reminiscence that isn't widely known. And as I get older, I'm less inclined to shut up about topics and occurrences over which I might have skipped in the past. I'll post when the book is finished, and again if and when it finds a publisher. If nothing else, it'll obviate the need to relate the same anecdotes over and over again. I can just say, "Oh, what you want is on pages ," and go back to my writing.

BAIT, an original short story featured the character Grummgar the big walrus-like guy with the broad on his arm in Maz Kanata's castle , is now out in the magazine Star Wars Insider, issue And this is one of the best covers of a pop song I've ever heard and I've heard a lot. It's always interesting when fictional names appear in other languages. For example, in Mandarin "ren" can mean kind or benevolent person or Written differently, pronounced differently. I'm afraid I can't, at least at this point in time, address any of the many questions regarding the film and the novelization that have come my way beyond what has already appeared in print and in assorted interviews.

It's not my property and I have no more right to the unspoken than I do to what is public. One of my domestic duties is to clean out and empty the cat boxes utilized by our eight cats. So that I don't forget the day to do such chores, I frequently make quick notes to remind myself. The other day I misspelled "cat boxes" as "cat hoaxes". There's a story or two there All the TFA-related communications appear to have crashed the adf alandeanfoster.

Feel free in the interim or at any time to utilized thranx commspeed. Some interesting new stuff lined up for the new year, including a new Mad Amos Malone story. The preceding quotes my instructor in the UCLA film dept. I was a graduate student in the writing program at the UCLA School of Arts when our subject matter for one day in were the two films mentioned. And indeed, our guest speaker following the screening of the two pictures was their director; the esteemed, very Teutonic, and somewhat intimidating Mr. He proved, however, to possess a dry sense of humor that greatly alleviated the nervousness of his young audience.

The UCLA film school has always had the best available screening facilities. That was true even 46 years ago. Among other trivia I recall from that day is that Mr. Lang was and remains the only person I have seen wearing a monocole outside of an actor in a film. I remember only two of the questions and Lang's replies. Bearing in mind that all we had available to screen was then badly butchered and highly incomplete version of Metropolis, one student asked, "Mr. I told him I would think about it. I went home, watched Metropolis, packed my bags, and the next day left for the United States".

Later in the session, one gal stood up and positively gushed, "Mr. Lang, I just loved your films! Could you please, please, tell us how you did those wonderful special effects in Metropolis! The audience erupted in laughter. The real revelation of the day was my first viewing of "M". Tight, terrifying, and with a script advanced for its time, it featured the performance by Peter Lorre that brought him to the attention of studio heads in the U. Lorre's anguished monologue near the end of the film is astonishing to see for those who know him only as an actor in cheap horror films, as Mr.

Moto, and as the comic relief in Disney's 20, Leagues Under the Sea. Though Lorre's voice and physical appearance unfortunately typecast him, he could usually rise above his material even when doing comedy roles, most notably as Dr. Now that I've managed to diverge considerably from Metropolis, I recommend a viewing of Charles Lippincott's amazing Facebook page. Peruse it and you'll learn all you need to know about Charlie and the history he's lived. Look for the steady release of audio recordings he made back in the mid's of him, myself, and George Lucas discussing story lines for the Star Wars novelization and Splinter.

I'd forgotten nearly all about them, and reading Charlie's painstaking transcriptions of the old and miraculously surviving tapes put me in the position of viewing myself from a great distance, as an actor in an ancient drama. Fascinating stuff, and all kudos to Charlie for preserving what a lot of folks in his position would simply have chucked into the nearest wastebasket.

It's always fun to be able to develop characters we may only glimpse briefly in a film, and provide them with some background and motivation of their own. With today's CGI, the story can finally be told properly. Well, here it comes! December release from WordFire Press Not only is the cover stunning, it's astonishing accurate So as you delve deeply into it which you should, to enjoy and appreciate all the details Rob has included you can do so knowing that you're seeing not some art director's interpretation intended solely to maximize sales, but what both the artist and the author intended.

Because of all the fine detail, the image is a fairly large file, so give it some time to load. OSHENERTH is set entirely underwater and, while an epic fantasy, draws on as much actual oceangraphic knowledge and personal experience as I was able to bring together. The inspiration for the novel came from an encounter I had with a couple of giant Pacific cuttlefish off the coast of Blupblup I am not making this up Island, off the north-central coast of Papua New Guinea.

There I was privileged enough to observe how cuttlefish communicate through the use of color changes. This got me to thinking about any number of things involving cephalopods I also once played hide-and-seek in the Maldives with a small and very engaging octopus. That, in turn, led to the notion of creating an entire fantasy world that was also realistic example: Nobody shoots cannon balls underwater because they'd only travel a short distance before dropping harmlessly to the bottom Rob Caswell has been engaged to do the cover, and you can see some of his amazing digital artwork here: The web address for the monthly column I write on art and science for the local paper 5enses is: The columns are all less than words each, and I get to muse on everything from rain chains to advertising to medieval art.

The drawing's not bad, but there really has yet to be a truly good rendition of a thranx. The problem is one that has recurred throughout the entire history of SF. When an author refers to an alien in a story as "cat-like", the assigned illustrator or cover artist invariably draws a cat, with if the author and reader are lucky a few alien fillips. Think of all the covers for Larry Niven's Kzinti stories. If the author says an alien is bear-like, you get a drawing of a bear. Ape-like, and so on. So when a thranx is described as insect-like, or an insectoid, even with a fair amount of additional physical description, we still tend to end up with an ant, or more commonly, a praying mantis.

For information on registration, please visit the Sisters in Crime website [https: Nadine Burke Harris was known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego—a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual trauma—who galvanized her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families. Childhood stress changes our neural systems and lasts a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well offers vitally important hope for change.

Discover the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and lasting impact of the trailblazing sketch comedy show that upended television, launched the careers of some of our biggest stars, and changed the way we talk, think, and laugh about race: Few television shows revolutionized comedy as profoundly or have had such an enormous and continued impact on our culture as In Living Color. In Living Color shaped American culture in ways both seen and unseen, and was part of a sea change that moved black comedy and hip-hop culture from the shadows into the spotlight.

Books will be provided by our friends at Eagle Eye Book Shop [http: Their inaugural show, reflecting the amazing caliber of talent they will highlight, features: Each month's audience swag bag will be sponsored by a different publisher or lit related retailer, the inaugural sponsor is Tor.

January 22 Pearl McHaney: Caroline Miller Jen Colatosti: Ernest Gaines Andy Rogers: Author Jessica Handler moderates a panel of local activists, government officials, and attorneys impacting our communities and beyond, including: A Portrait of Wendell Berry! In , Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching.

This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.

Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality.

But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Hosted by Daryl Funn Witness the battle of words. Poets have 3 minutes to kick knowledge drop science spin yarn. The audience will SWAY the judges scores. The highest and lowest scores are dropped the 3 middle scores are added to give the poet a total score for that round. Poets with highest scores will moveon to the next round. Round One, 12 poets, Draw numbers to determine order Round Two, 8 poets, - Scores from previous round determine order Round Three 4 Poets - Scores from previous round determine order Points are cumulative No repeating poems from Previous Slam.

Prize for the Winner Poets get points for competing. A public speaker and motivator, Ms. Morrison strives to eradicate the double standards between men and women and believes that women can determine their destinies. Mary Morrison is an unapologetic voice with 23 novels in print, in which female empowerment is the primary focus and women overcome heart-wrenching challenges. Morrison's unforgettable Crystal series, the fiercely sexy Crystal women bring ultimate drama and shattering choices home with a vengeance. She didn't sweat it when her rich businessman husband had a down-and-dirty ego-boosting affair.

But she's not going to stand for him falling in love with luscious Arizona Remington—or Arizona unleashing all kinds of shenanigans to keep him. And Mercedes' take-no-prisoners ways are just what her siblings need to take down all those out to game them. This program will be held at the Scott Candler Library [http: The weather is cooling, holiday plans are in the works, but the season isn't truly underway without the literary festivus that is Poetry Atlanta's Voices Carry. Come out and take in some of Atlanta's great female poets as they light the stage with their words, their energy, and above all, excellent poetry.

Through Reconstruction, and again in the s, the Klan played a pivotal role in the social and political agenda of the South. But how did it evolve from its Reconstruction-era roots to the regalia wearing organization of the s? In this historical presentation, Patricia Bernstein and William Rawlings will discuss the roots of the Klan, its development in Atlanta and the South throughout the s, the figures and forces that brought about this group, and the ones that fought against it.

Witness the battle of words. Poets have 3 minutes to kick knowledge, drop science, spin yarn. Five judges picked at random will give a numeric value to each poem. The audience will have the power to SWAY the judges' scores. The highest and lowest scores for each contestant are dropped and the three middle scores are added to give the poet a total score for each round.

Poets with the highest scores move on to the next round until a winner is chosen. This program is presented in partnership with our friends from Fox Tale Book Shoppe. In Pretty Fun , Kate Hudson shares her philosophy behind gatherings, how to be in the moment, make them uniquely yours, embracing occasions to just be together. A warm and welcoming, lifestyle and entertaining guide, complete with delicious, healthy recipes and even some more indulgent snacks and beverages, and infused with Kate's mindful approach to life, Pretty Fun will help you plan a year of special events, while remembering the healing power of gathering and celebration.

This program is free and open to the public; however, once we reach capacity, no further entry will be allowed. Parking at the library is limited, so please consult this map [http: Numbered bracelets will be handed out to each attendee, and a line will be organized after the talk by those numbers. Hudson will pose for photos with those waiting in line, however due to other obligations, the event will conclude promptly at 8: Doors lower level, rear of the library will open at 5: Hosted by Collin Kelley.

These women have each written powerful stories exploring the struggles of young Black people in America today in voices that are genuine, compelling, and unflinchingly honest. You do not want to miss a conversation between these two remarkable authors! Nic Stone is one of this year's Indies Introduce authors. To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of either book from us! With the rural South as her backdrop, she brought to life a string of eccentric characters torn between their worldly ambitions and the need for a more enduring truth.

This film traces the people and events that shaped her remarkable career, as well as the important role that Catholicism played in her writing. Featuring expert commentary and rare photographs, Uncommon Grace will give you a new appreciation for this highly celebrated, yet often misunderstood, storyteller. Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, this is a tasting and workshop you don't want to miss. As the festival season comes around, so does the craving for a large variety of Indian desserts from across the country.

Global Native Gauri Misra will share ingredients, techniques and recipes for many much-loved desserts. For more information on Gauri, visit gaurimisra. When an ugly message is scrawled into her bark, Red decides to break her own rules, speak to humans, and do her best to bring people together and survive herself. Attendees MUST purchase a copy of the book to enter the signing line. Books will be available for purchase at the event by our partners on this event, Little Shop of Stories. DEAM relies on contributions of non-perishable food and basic health supplies.

DEAM buys many canned goods from Atlanta Food Bank at pennies on the dollar, but the items pictured below are always in short supply. For a list of needed items, please click here [https: Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair.

As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets. The exhibition is located in the Periodicals Gallery at the Decatur Library through September 29, Thursday evening, September 7, , we will host the second and final "White Glove Night", when we put away the "do not touch" signs, and provide participants with white gloves- allowing firsthand exploration of the books in the exhibition. Flip, fold, crank, and discover all the wonderful things hidden in the pages of these books!

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats—and not necessarily for the better.

Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods—and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr. In Locking Up Our Own , he seeks to understand why. Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction.

Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.

Cotton County, Georgia, Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town. Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies as best as she can, under the roof of her mercurial father, Juke, and with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. But soon it becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever imagined.

As startling revelations mount, a web of lies begins to collapse around the family, destabilizing their precarious world and forcing all to reckon with the painful truth. Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.

Thursday evening, September 7, , we will host the first "White Glove Night", when we put away the "do not touch" signs, and provide participants with white gloves- allowing firsthand exploration of the books in the exhibition. Artist books take many forms — from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative, abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. This juried show celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and spectacular work that challenges expectations.

Poetry Atlanta Presents another evening of poetry, featuring Franklin Abbott. More information is forthcoming! This will be the eighth installment of this prestigious list to be unveiled. Many of the authors appearing on the list will be present and available to chat and sign books.

This year's lists will be announced soon! In this smart and incisive work, Karen J. And yet, as she argues, MOOCs are just the latest example of the near-religious faith that some universities have in the promise of technological advances. As a teacher of rhetoric, Head is well versed at sniffing out the sophistry embedded in the tech jargon increasingly rife in the academy.

Karen will sit in conversation with Dr. Larry Schall, President of Oglethorpe University. She lived at a time when women were expected to be obedient, silent, and chaste, but Frances displayed none of these qualities. Her determination to ignore convention contributed in no small measure to a life of high drama, one which encompassed kidnappings, secret rendezvous, an illegitimate child, accusations of black magic, imprisonments, disappearances, and exile, not to mention court appearances, high-speed chases, a jail-break, deadly disease, royal fury, and - by turns - religious condemnation and conversion.

As a child, Frances became a political pawn at the court of King James I. Her wealthy parents, themselves trapped in a disastrous marriage, fought tooth and nail over whom Frances should marry, pulling both king and court into their extended battles. When Frances was fifteen, her father forced her to marry John Villiers, the elder brother of the royal favorite, the Duke of Buckingham. But as her husband succumbed to mental illness, Frances fell for another man, and soon found herself pregnant with her lover's child.

The Viscountess paid a heavy price for her illicit love. Her outraged in-laws used their influence to bring her down. But bravely defying both social and religious convention, Frances refused to bow to the combined authority of her family, her church, or her king, and fought stubbornly to defend her honour, as well as the position of her illegitimate son. On one level a thrilling tale of love and sex, kidnapping and elopement, the life of Frances Coke Villiers is also the story of an exceptional woman, whose personal experiences intertwined with the court politics and religious disputes of a tumultuous and crucially formative period in English history.

Join us as two talented Georgia writers sit in conversation to discuss their work, writing, and much more! Right-Swipe is sarcastic, irreverent, and uproariously funny.

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Ricki Schultz's wry debut will speak to fans of Bridesmaids or Trainwreck, and to anyone who's ever been on a bad date. Rae Wallace would rather drown in a vat of pinot greezh and be eaten by her own beagle than make another trip down the aisle--even if it is her best friend's wedding.

She's too busy molding the minds of first graders and polishing that ol' novel in the drawer to waste time on any man. But when her best friends stage an intervention, Rae is forced to give in. After all, they've hatched a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: She's skeptical of this electronic chlamydia catcher, but she's out to prove she hasn't been too picky with men.

However, when a familiar fella's profile pops up--the dangerously hot substitute teacher from work--Rae swipes herself right into a new problem Everybody loves local attorney and favorite son, Ben Laroux. Well, at least everybody of the female persuasion—until he meets Sabine O'Connor. She loathes him and makes no secret of her feelings, even when he pours on his famous charm hoping to thank her for helping his family. Ben has never been told no, and if there's one thing he's never walked away from, it's a challenge.

However, when her past threatens to derail her present and future, Ben might be the only man she can trust. There will be a reception after the program. Please note, this event will be held at the Toco Hill--Avis G. Using this as the basis for culinary exploration in her second cookbook, the author of Field Peas to Foie Gras uses one list of fresh ingredients to create two meals, one Southern and one French.

Combined grocery lists provide time-saving tools for recipes from cocktails to desserts and everything in between, drawing on the strengths of both regions. A novel about love, loss, and sharks by the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the memoir Traveling with Pomegranates. Want to learn the pros and cons, the ins and outs of traditional and self-publishing? Refreshments offered during the breaks. The focus of the show is on children's book illustration and the power of visual art and the written word in story-telling.

Come and see fabulous works of art and literature from some of the South's finest writers and illustrators. Love Sick is a smart and witty account of dating while navigating a life of uncertain health. Writing from a place of strength and vulnerability, Cory Martin faces her fears head on with humor and grace. Her tales are true to life and relatable. There is no magical ending and no grand epiphany. Instead it is her desire to be loved and feel normal that makes her journey so poignant. Sometimes Bone King cannot go through doors. But then renowned neurologist Arthur Limongello offers a diagnosis as peculiar as the ailment: New York Times bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman's tenth book collects his most intriguing of those pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout.

Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts.

But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers. Ordinary women in s America. All they wanted was the chance to shine. Be careful what you wish for. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium.

It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: Yet their employers denied all responsibility.

And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.

Small Crimes, which won the Levine Prize for Poetry, is her debut collection. When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could her mother forgive him? Due to time constraints, photos are allowed from the signing line, but no posed photos will be permitted. Nobel Prize novelist Toni Morrison writes about each of us, no matter the setting, the conflict, or the race of the characters.

Can one stand alone without the sustaining support of others? If you would like more information on the lecture series, please listen to Pearl's interview with Lois Reitzes on City Lights. Over the course of one momentous day, two women who have built their lives around the same man find themselves moving toward an inevitable reckoning. Former Lutheran minister Henry Plageman is a master secret keeper and a man wracked by grief. He and his wife, Marilyn, tragically lost their young son, Jack, many years ago.

But he now has another child—a daughter, eight-year-old Blue—with Lucy, the woman he fell in love with after his marriage collapsed. Marilyn distracts herself with charity work at an orphanage. Henry needs to wrangle his way out of the police station, where he has spent the night for disorderly conduct. Lucy must rescue and rein in the intrepid Blue, who has fallen in a saltwater well. But before long, these four will all be drawn on this day to the same destination: The collision of lives and secrets that follows will leave no one unaltered.

Ballplayer , a new memoir by former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, immerses us in the best of baseball. Chipper Jones was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career with great detail and humor.

The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom, and the personal pitfalls that came with fame. Due to time constraints Chipper Jones will not sign any memorabilia. Photos are allowed from the signing line, but no posed photos will be permitted. Frannie Lewis has a lot of bad history with men, starting with the first one she ever met. She's watched her aloof father disappear in the summers to work with a traveling carnival, seen her mother grow ever more suspicious and resentful.

All her life, Frannie has kept their secrets and told their stories. Now thirty-six, she remains a pawn in their longstanding marital chess game--and at this point, it has devolved into a grudge match. In partnership with A Cappella Books [https: Little Shop will be on hand with plenty of her cookbooks and delightful picture books for sale that evening. Doors open at 6: Choices and Their Consequences: In each of these novels, classics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the protagonists are faced with nearly overwhelming odds as they revolt against the status quo of their cultures.

How Huck Finn and Jonas come to realize their worlds as drastically flawed and how they make decisions suggest to readers that choices have consequences, sometimes favorable, sometimes disastrous. Free and open to the public. From the New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham comes a revelatory journey across four continents and 4, years exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness.

Containing all the humor, insight, and wisdom that have endeared Bruce Feiler to readers around the world, The First Love Story is an unforgettable journey that restores Adam and Eve to their rightful place as central figures in our culture's imagination and reminds us that even our most familiar stories still have the ability to surprise, inspire, and guide us today.

This program will be held at Holy Trinity Parish, E. Jones takes readers on a historical, geographical, cultural, and personal journey through her life and the life of her home state. This debut poetry collection is an exploration of race, identity, and history through the eyes of a black woman from Alabama.

From De Soto s discovery of Alabama to George Wallace s infamous stance in the schoolhouse door, to the murders of black men like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner in modern America, Magic City Gospel weaves its story through time, weaving Jones personal history with the troubled, triumphant, and complicated history of Birmingham, and of Alabama at large. In Magic City Gospel's pages, you ll find that gold is laced in Alabama s teeth, but you will also see the dark underbelly of a state and a city with a storied past, and a woman whose history is inextricably linked to that past.

Alongside this event, attendees are asked to bring a book whose story has stuck with them to swap for another. From the author of Before I Go comes an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart. Love has no boundaries Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years.

Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can't understand why she keeps him at arm's length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year. Join us for an evening with two award-winning and best selling authors as they take questions, and chat about writing and publishing.

In the middle of the twentieth century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History. Using beauty, grace, humor, and the written or spoken word, rhythm and rhyme served as a balm for the troubled soul, and a voice for the voiceless. We invite you to an evening of poetry full of grace, humor, and beauty.

Gangs, Bullies, and Difference: The classic teen book The Outsiders , written by S. Hinton when she was 16, that pits the Socs and the Greasers against one another is resolved when Pony boy discovers that people are more alike than they are different. Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit, Jr. Adding to the angst of adolescence and the push and pull of values a visible difference that marks Auggie Pullman more so than even skin color, Wonder by R.

Palacio is also a coming-of-age story in a school setting. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn M. Twain and The Giver L. Troylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate investor, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their mute, wheelchair-bound son Coulton, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous.

To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Nearing fifty, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. She struck up a friendship with a legendary eighty-year-old raconteur from the mountains, met his friends, and soon found herself in a rickety country shack with an ingeniously inventive retired farmer trying to create the best recipe ever for traditional mountain moonshine.

If she was going to save her family—and she was definitely going to save her family—she needed to become the most successful woman in the legal whiskey business. Full of eccentric characters and charming locations—from a "haunted" cabin in the mountains to the last farm in the world to grow heritage Crooked Creek corn— Pure Heart is a charming story of a woman who set out to find a purpose in the most unexpected of places, and ended up finding happiness, contentment, and a community of love and respect.

Collin Kelley and Karen Head, two award-winning poets will read their poetry round-robin style, selecting poems on the fly to find common themes, moods and imagery. A senseless act of violence. A city in turmoil. While other detectives take the lead on the Spelman murders, Salt is tasked to investigate the case of a recently discovered decomposed body. When she combs through the missing-persons reports, it becomes clear the victim is a girl Salt took into custody two years before, and Salt feels a grave responsibility to learn the truth about how the girl died. But before she can pursue any leads, Salt is called onto emergency riot detail—in the wake of the assault on the Spelman students, Atlanta has reached the boiling point.

In a city burdened by history and a community erupting in pain and anger, Salt must delve into the past for answers. A gripping and astute story about what it means to serve and protect, Old Bones solidifies Trudy Nan Boyce as an evocative, authoritative voice in crime fiction.

Since Reconstruction, African Americans have served as key protagonists in the rich and expansive narrative of American social protest. Their collective efforts challenged and redefined the meaning of freedom as a social contract in America. During the first half of the 20th century, a progressive group of black business, civic, and religious leaders from Atlanta, Georgia, challenged the status quo by employing a method of incremental gradualism to improve the social and political conditions existent within the city.

By the midth century, a younger generation of activists emerged, seeking a more direct and radical approach towards exercising their rights as full citizens. A culmination of the death of Emmitt Till and the Brown decision fostered this paradigm shift by bringing attention to the safety and educational concerns specific to African American youth. Deploying direct-action tactics and invoking the language of civil and human rights, the energy and zest of this generation of activists pushed the modern civil rights movement into a new chapter where young men and women became the voice of social unrest.

Myers is the most celebrated African American writer of novels for young adults. His more than books have earned him the Margaret A. In Monster , sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon finds himself in jail, a detention center, for being an accessory to a murder and writes his imagined trial as a screenplay. Fallen Angels tells the story of young Richie Perry in Vietnam, fighting to stay alive as his buddies fall, as he faces death. Alexie , Wonder R. That he begins to find echoes of his recent past in the lives of the black family who work for the Jeslers—an affinity he does not share with the Jeslers themselves—both surprises and convinces Yitzhak that his choices are not as clear-cut as he might think.

In It's Good Weather for Fudge: The past becomes the present in this poem that ranges from love and war to sickness and health, fudge and friendship. Its many allusions to the life and works of Carson McCullers make it a kind of poetic biography. A Reading and Lecture Series presented by Dr.

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In light of the calls for justice in the US, and hearing our leaders from many areas say that one action that should be taken is to consider others, to think about being in their shoes, their situations, to understand the daily fear people of color experience, Pearl McHaney will present the following series for the Georgia Center for the Book for Spring Pearl believes that the way to the future is not in how we are different but how we are the same and that literature provides the thinking and actions that are being called for.

The texts she will present include young adult, adult, and crossover novels. The lectures will be suitable for general audience, young people, parents, and teachers. Attendees could read the books or not. Pearl will be bringing the texts to light in how the authors and their characters see other worlds, recognize and work with difference, make decisions, learn empathy. The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against England.

In this groundbreaking, revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. Instead of viewing the American Revolution in isolation, Brothers at Arms reveals the birth of the American nation as the centerpiece of an international coalition fighting against a common enemy.

Seating will be based on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open shortly after 6: We will distribute numbered bracelets at the door, one per person. Once all those are distributed, no other persons will be admitted. There is no assigned seating; one bracelet equals one seat. We encourage all attendees to wear their beast Greaser or Soc attire!

Please be advised there is limited parking in the Library Parking Deck. Please allow yourself extra time to locate other parking in Decatur once the deck is at capacity. Please check our Facebook for the most current updates. The international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie--now with bonus content.

Celebrating 50 years of the novel that laid the groundwork for the YA genre, this is the ultimate edition for fans of The Outsiders. Louise Runyon, dancer, choreographer, and poet, has performed her work in Atlanta and the Southeast for the past 35 years. She will be joined on stage by Thrower Starr. He works at Paideia School as English teacher and as counselor, and is a psychologist in private practice.

The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to welcome two Georgia authors, for an evening of conversation on their debut novels Calamity and Eyes on the Island. The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life. With McLaren's trademark brilliance and compassion, The Great Spiritual Migration invites readers to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: When a job opportunity enters the frame in the form of the mysterious Mr.

With the help of his eccentric new girlfriend Lucy, Will will do everything he can to deliver on his promise to help Mr. Dinsdale keep the Curioddity Museum in business. Paul Jenkins is the award-winning author of Wolverine: Black , Soul Reaver , Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction , God of War and many others. From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Her successful argument before the Supreme Court became the landmark Olmstead Decision. Although known for the Olmstead Decision, the story of Lois as an artist is often overlooked. Lois' art has been exhibited in galleries throughout Georgia and in New York City. Join us as award-winning author Thomas Mullen and debut novelist Gray Stewart discuss their latest works and the process of writing a novel.

Darktown by Thomas Mullen The award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that feels ripped from today's headlines. Set in the postwar, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.

Is it our school systems? Is it our popular media? This question animates HAYLOW as Travis rummages around in his family's history, looking for the truth behind what happened years ago on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp so he can understand how much of the burden of the South's racist history is his to shoulder.

The exhibition is located in the Periodicals Gallery at the Decatur Library through September 30, Thursday evening, September 29, , we will host the second "White Glove Night", when we put away the "do not touch" signs, and provide participants with white gloves- allowing firsthand exploration of the books in the exhibition. Volunteers will be on hand to assist participants, and we will have special presentations by some of the artists whose work is on display!

For this evening's event, our featured speakers will be: Entry to the gallery will be through the first floor, rear doors of the Decatur Library. The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to welcome poet Theresa Davis, who will discuss her latest book of poetry Drowned: Books will be available for purchase from our friends at Charis Books and More.

On the 20th anniversary of Trials of the Earth , we are pleased to welcome Kerry Hamilton for a special presentation of Mary Mann Hamilton's classic autobiography. Conveyed in frank and expressive prose by a natural-born writer, and withheld for almost a lifetime, Trials of the Earth will resonate with readers of history and fiction alike-an emotional testament to our ability to endure, as well as the story of extraordinary love and the allure of pioneer life. Thursday evening, September 15, , we will host the first "White Glove Night", when we put away the "do not touch" signs, and provide participants with white gloves- allowing firsthand exploration of the books in the exhibition.

On Thursday, September 15, our featured speakers will be: With precision and compassion, Lelyveld examines the choices Roosevelt faced, shining new light on his state of mind, preoccupations, and motives, both as leader of the wartime alliance and in his personal life. Co-sponsored by our friends at the Little Shop of Stories [http: In honor of the launch of their books, Furthermore and Tales of the Peculiar , our favorite literary couple will join in conversation to discuss all things magical, wonderful and peculiar!

This event is free and open to the public, however, guests must purchase either a copy of Furthermore or Tales of the Peculiar in order to get into the signing line. The authors are happy to sign backlist, and to pose for photos. On September 2, , at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. In Find a Way , Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

This will be the seventh installment of this prestigious list to be unveiled. This year's lists can be found on the GCB Facebook [https: Human Rights in Children's Literature investigates children's rights under international law -- identity and family rights, the right to be heard, the right to be free from discrimination, and other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights -- and considers the way in which those rights are embedded in children's literature from Peter Rabbit to Horton Hears a Who!

This book traverses children's rights law, literary theory, and human rights education to argue that in order for children to fully realize their human rights, they first have to imagine and understand them. Through an examination of their unique history and an incisive analysis of policy successes and failures, A Spirit of Charity reveals the remarkable story of why public hospitals matter and why they should play a more prominent role in our public policy discussions.

In its narrative scope, The Idealist spans two centuries, covering the 74 years of Coubertin's life from his birth in Pairs in to his death in Geneva in It reveals how the transformation of Paris into the capital of modernity helped fire a young man's imagination and how the drumbeats of war sounded by the German hosts of the Berlin Olympics spoiled an old man's dreams, and left him bereft of hope for the Movement he created to foster peace among nations.

The writers will be reading from new and favorite work, as well as talking about their experiences with the award-winning small press. Borland will discuss SRP's exciting transition to a nonprofit, which will create even more opportunities for authors. Books will be available for sale. The story of the first airplane flight in Georgia has not been told correctly in more than one hundred years. The year given for this flight, , is not correct, the plane identified as the first to fly never got off the ground, and Ben T.

To Lasso the Clouds sets the historical record straight and brings to light the complete, incredible story of the two young men from Athens, Georgia who achieved their dream of flight. Epps and Zumpt A. Huff were described by one newspaper after that first flight as a "second pair of Wright brothers.

Aldridge resides in Winterville, Georgia. The creative team behind the debut graphic novel series The Jekyll Island Chronicles joins us to discuss their work, the process of creating a graphic novel and what we can expect from them in the future. As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August , and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as "black rage,?? With so much attention on the flames,?? Since and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains.

Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of and Voting Rights Act of triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House.

Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

The White House Ground have been an unwitting witness to history—a backdrop for soldiers, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. The front and back yard for the first family, it is by extension the nation's first garden. Starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's focus on edibles, this rich and compelling narrative reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America.

Readers learn about Lincoln's goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree house, and much more. They also learn the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. Fully illustrated with new and historical photographs and art, refreshingly nonpartisan, and releasing just in time for election year, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the red, white, and green! From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes The After Party , a story of s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her.

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But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend? Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times Bestseller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child.

Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet. A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen… This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

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Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller. Join novelists Collin Kelley and Erica Wright in a discussion about their latest works and the process of creating an alluring mystery. In Leaving Paris , Collin Kelley's conclusion to the Venus Trilogy, Paris teeters on the brink of a chaos that eerily foreshadows the city's recent turmoil.

Erica Wright's disguise-skilled private detective, Kat Stone, is on the trail of a deadly gangster in The Granite Moth. In a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain and statesman John Hay who served as secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt , The Statesman and the Storyteller not only provides an intimate look into the daily lives of these men but also creates an elucidating portrait of the United States on the verge of emerging as a world power.

In what has to be viewed as one of the most shameful periods in American political history, Filipinos who believed they had been promised independence were instead told they were incapable of self-government and then violently subdued in a war that featured torture and execution of native soldiers and civilians. The United States also used its growing military and political might to grab the entirety of the Hawaiian Islands and a large section of Panama.

As secretary of state during this time, Hay, though a charitable man, was nonetheless complicit in these misdeeds. Nearing the end of their long and remarkable lives, both men found themselves struggling to maintain their personal integrity while remaining celebrated and esteemed public figures. Come Home is the first book by Atlanta-based photographer and storyteller, Brent Walker. Through stunning portraiture and intimate conversations, Brent takes the reader on a journey across the Southeast United States, uncovering stories of heartbreak, addiction, and hope.

The book features more than stories and portraits of people from all walks of life juxtaposed with photos of the Southern landscape that help paint a rich and complex picture of The Hidden South. It quickly garnered attention from press and is followed by thousands on social media. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.

For this event, you must purchase a copy of Thunder Boy Jr. Reina Castillo is the alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community, throwing a baby off a bridge—a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother's death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil.

Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with hope the arrival of the children he left behind in Havana. Set in the vibrant coastal and Caribbean communities of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, with The Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel delivers a profound and riveting Pan-American story of fractured lives finding solace and redemption in the beauty and power of the natural world, and in one another. And how did they lose it all?

This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: