Images of America: Virginia-Highland: The Intown neighborhood is the latest to be spotlighted in Arcadia Publishing’s ongoing series of community history books. The book contains historic photographs and information compiled by Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle from the community’s origins during when Native Americans from the Cherokee and Creek nations roamed the area to modern day. The book is available at San Francisco Coffee in Virginia-Highland, Barnes & Noble at Emory, Highland Hardware, Intown Ace Hardware, Helmet in Virginia-Highland, Eagle Eye Bookstore in Decatur, A Cappella Books in Little Five, Atlanta History Center Gift Store Margaret Mitchell House Gift Store and at online bookstores.
Divorce Ministry: A Guidebook: A broken marriage can often leave people feeling broken and unsure of their next steps. “In the best of cases, divorce rips apart soul, spirit, home, community, and finance,” writes Dr. Charles Qualls author of Divorce Ministry: A Guidebook. Over 1,400 people looking to regain stability have participated in Dr. Qualls’ divorce support groups over the past 16 years. His experiences working with them and various insights from particular cases are part of this recently published book. The guidebook sheds light on what it is like to work with the groups and divorcees and covers topics such as self-esteem, handling grief and breaking free of patterns. Ministers, church leaders and support groups can use this as a resource for healing and comfort and as a model for their own recovery program. Kind and compassionate, Dr. Qualls is an active member of the intown community and associate pastor for Pastoral Care at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. He leads at least two divorce support groups each year. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit spdl.org and helwys.com.
Upcoming Readings & Events
Charles Frazier: The author of bestselling Civil War tale, Cold Mountain, will discuss his new book, Nightwoods, on Oct. 5, 7p.m. at Georgia Perimeter College, 555. N. Indian Creek Dr. The event is presented by the Decatur Book Festival and Eagle Eye Books. eagleeyebooks.com
William Kennedy: The Pulitzer Prize-wining novelist will read and discuss his new book, Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, on Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Library. A Cappella Books will have copies for sale. acappellabooks.com
Soraya Miré: The award-winning filmmaker and activist will read and sign her memoir, Girl With Three Legs, about surviving female genital mutilation in her native Somalia and her ongoing campaign to end the barbaric ritual at Charis Books in Little 5 Poins on Oct. 12. charisbooksandmore.com
Alan Hollinghurst: The winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty will read from his latest novel Stranger’s Child on Oct. 26 at Outwrite Books in Midtown. outwritebooks.com
Poetry at Tech: Carl Dennis and Kate Johnson will share the stage on Oct. 27 at Kress Auditorium in the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum on the campus of Georgia Tech. poetry.gatech.edu
Georgia Center for the Book: The organization has a busy October full of author appearances including Patti Digh (Oct. 4), John Fowler and David Parker (Oct. 10), Alison Weir (Oct. 12), John Sanford (Oct. 13), Candice Millard (Oct. 17), poets Janisse Ray, John Lane and Thomas Rain Crowe (Oct. 18), Amy Stewart (Oct. 24), chefs Virginia Willis and Kim Severson (Oct. 26) and Marianne Walker (Oct. 27). Most events are held at the Decatur Library. Visit georgiacenterforthebook.org for more details.
Book Festival of the MJCCA: Mark your calendars for the 20th annual festival, which will feature appearances by Erica Jong, Regis Philbin, Jim Lehrer, Melissa Fay Greene, Dyan Cannon and many, many more from Nov. 5-20. For tickets and a full schedule, visit atlantajcc.org.