For those in and near the Atlanta area, here’s our line-up for this fall’s author series…and we expect to be adding a few more… (Special thanks to Public Affairs Director Tony Clark for helping to make these wonderful events happen! Tony won an Archivist’s Award in April “…for exemplary accomplishment in developing and sustaining a distinctive author lecture program at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.” Congrats, Tony!)
Unless noted, the readings and book signings are free and will begin at 7pm in the Carter Museum theater. Acappella Books will have copies of the authors’ books available for purchase and signing. Please always visit us online for the latest up-to-date details.
Sept 17th…Tavis Smiley…Death of a King (Cecil B. Day Chapel at 6pm)
Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations — denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few — all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.
This is a TICKETED EVENT. Tickets Available at acappellabooks.com
Sept 18th…Charles Lewis…935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity
Journalist Charles Lewis looks at the various ways in which truth can be manipulated and distorted by governments, corporations, even lone individuals. He shows how truth is often distorted or diminished by delay.
Sept 22nd …Lawrence Wright…Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David (Cecil B. Day Chapel)
A dramatic, illuminating day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign a peace treaty–the first treaty in the modern Middle East, and one which endures to this day.
Sept 30th …Simon Winchester…The Men Who United the States
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic delivers his first book about America: a fascinating look at the men whose efforts and achievements helped unify the States and create one cohesive nation. Program at the Decatur Library..Georgia Center for the Book
October 3rd…Dr. Yamma Brown…Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown & Me
Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father’s attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated women in James Brown’s life set the stage for an uncommon childhood. This is her story.
October 8th…Michael Ross…The Great New Orleans Kidnapping
In 1870, the residents of the city of New Orleans were already on edge when two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month old Mollie Digby from in front of her New Orleans home.
October 13th …Bob Herbert…Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America
New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has championed the working poor and the middle class. In 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way.
October 15th…James Copenall…A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Biter and Incomplete Divorce
Journalist James Copenall argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation. He also diagnoses the political failings that threaten the future of both countries.
October 28th…Nan Marshall…What Would George Do?
This book takes a refreshing look at our everyday world and gives some helpful tips using George Washington’s words of wisdom.
Nov. 10th…Ritu Sharma…Teach A Woman To Fish
In this firsthand account, Ritu Sharma shares how women can, and are, overcoming the forces that keep them in poverty. She chronicles her travels through four countries—Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Honduras, and Nicaragua—and the intimate interactions she had with the women living there.
Nov. 14th…Rick Bragg…Jerry Lee Lewis, His Own Story
One of the greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock and roller of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis—and gets his own story, from the source, for the very first time.
Nov. 17th…Tom Chaffin…Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary
Tom Chaffin chronicles Fredrick Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Nov. 18th…Christina Stevens…Love: The Saint and the Seeker
Told through the lens of Christina’s colorful youth, her mind-expanding adventure may prod you to recognize your own life’s calling.
Nov. 19th…Hugh Howard…Houses of Civil War America
A revealing historical and photographic tour of the homes of influential Civil War figures, including Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Clara Barton, Stonewall Jackson, and others.
Wed., Dec. 10th…Eric Posner…The Twilight of Human Rights Law
Eminent legal scholar Eric A. Posner argues that purposefully unenforceable human rights treaties are at the heart of the world’s failure to address human rights violations.