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Georgia Center for the Book

Founded in 1920, the Georgia Center for the Book, based at the DeKalb County Public Library, is the statewide affiliate of the Library of Congress with a mission of serving libraries, literacy and literature. We sponsor two popular literary competitions for students, develop and encourage programming for and other literary-related organizations and sponsor some 90 literary programs each year, bringing more than 125 authors to metro Atlanta and the state for free public events.

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  • Tony Barnhart discusses what makes sports different in the southern United States, and shares from his biography of UGA’s legendary football broasdcaster, Larry Munson. Munson was 43 when he became the Bulldog broadcaster, but his past is was full of color before that. He once played in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, backing Frank Sinatra; he got his first broadcasting job from another legend, Curt Gowdy; and he was one of the original announcers for the Braves when they moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee. See more on the [Georgia Center for the Book blog](http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/Blog/?m=201006#sthash.QD82opZF.dpbs "").
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  • Ferrol Sams, a Georgia legend as well as a humorist, storyteller and physician, reads from his new book *Down Town*, which spans generations of a Georgia family from the post-Civil War era to contemporary times.
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  • Georgia poet and novelist Judson Mitcham, the state's only two-time winner of the prestigious Townsend Prize, makes a special appearance to talk about his work and to answer questions.
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  • Karen White reads from her new novel, *Learning to Breathe*, about a woman who finds that taking a leap of faith is better than wondering what might have been.
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    Georgia Center for the Book
  • Bapsi Sidhwa and Anosh Irani, two of the most highly praised contemporary Indian authors, discuss their new work.
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    Georgia Center for the Book
  • Jeffrey Deaver talks about his latest novel, *The Sleeping Doll*, in which California investigator Kathryn Dance confronts a dangerous Manson-like cult murderer who escapes from prison and his life sentence. **Jeffery Deaver** is a *New York Times* bestselling author of 23 suspense novels including *The Cold Moon*, *The Bone Collector*, and *The Stone Monkey*.
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  • David Tucker discusses his book *The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms*, about the early years of TV, and the comediennes who made us laugh.
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    Georgia Center for the Book
  • Cathy Kaemmerlen discusses and performs her book *General Sherman and the Georgia Belles*. The book shares the stories of a collection of dignified, defiant women and their reactions when General Sherman marched his troops through their homeland in 1864. *General Sherman and the Georgia Belles* includes the tales of Mary Ann Harris Gay of Decatur and Minerva McClatchey of Marietta.
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  • Author Susan Richard Shreve discusses her new memoir, *Warm Springs*, an inspiring story of her battle with polio as a teen and her recovery in Georgia's Warm Springs.
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  • Golf writer Todd Sentell's reads from his new novel, *Toonamint of Champions*, an insider's spoof on the manners and mores at America's most prestigious club, the Augusta National, home of the Masters. Bob Cupp, who has designed more than 140 courses worldwide, shares some of his golf-centric mystery novel, *The Edict*, set in 15th century Scotland.
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    Georgia Center for the Book