Saturday, May 11, 2013
She's giving a reading 4pm Sunday at Avid Bookshop.
Why is the book called Brancusi’s Egg? When my father was dying, I was in Paris. He was hospitalized in Athens. When we left, I had an intimation that my father was very sick. He had been in the hospital a couple of weeks when I got a call that he was doing worse. I had taken my daughter to a Brancusi exhibit and Notre Dame, and all of those experiences were melded in my mind. When I came home, my father was in a coma and he died shortly thereafter. I never got to say goodbye to him. This poem was written out of my grief for him. It ‘s my way of understanding his death in particular and death in general. Would you describe yourself as a poet, a fiction writer or an essayist? You write in all three genres. I’m a writer. I would say almost …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Visit with Sara Baker at Avid Bookshop to celebrate the release of BRANCUSI'S EGG, a collection of poems that describe the ordinary passages of a woman’s life.
Monday, April 1, 2013
This one is covered in bottle caps....like a truck of a famous Athenian.
You can spot LFL's all throughout Athens! This one is on Hill Street outside Avid Bookshop. It's full and waiting for someone to give and take a book. A shoutout to Jimmy "Cap Man" Straehla for the cool design.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Avid Bookshop creates a campaign to promote buying locally with a Waldo-like "Frank, the Fabulous Fiction Fan."
Let's be Frank. Have you found Frank yet? If not, you need to keep your eyes peeled for the strange looking little guy whose life--and head, for that matter--is an open book. Frank the Fabulous Fiction Fan can be found, somewhere, at 51 different local businesses in Athens that are pariticipating in a campaign to buy local this holiday season. Finding Frank earns a ticket for the finder. Finding 20 Franks, and, thus, receiving 20 tickets means you'll be entered in a raffle with great prizes from participating local businesses. Anyone finding all 51 Franks gets a special prize from Avid Bookshop. You have until January 13, 2013, to find those Franks! Here are the participating businesses: Agora Athens Art & Frame Avid Bookshop Barberitos…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The two gurus of Southern Food are signing their latest book at Avid Bookshop on Thursday, October 25, from 4 to 5pm.
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is the latest book by seasoned chefs and authors Nathalie Dupress and Cynthia Graubart. The labor-of-love tome will be available for sale and signing by the author on Thursday at Avid Bookshop in Cobbham. The book has more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs. According to Powell's, Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a souffle and turning out the perfect biscuit-all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Censorship is alive and well, as highlighted by Banned Books Week—and you might be surprised by the identify of the most vocal challengers of books.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The importance of the First Amendment and the concept of "intellectual freedom" might not always be readily apparent to most kids, but Banned Books Week is a great opportunity to make those lessons come alive for children—and adults. Banned Books Week is held annually during the last week of September (September 30-October 6, 2012). The week is an occasion for libraries and bookstores across the U.S. to help folks realize just how real and ongoing a problem censorship is. In the 1990s, the Oconee County School Board mounted an effort to ban books from the high school library after a parent complained. The Athens Clarke County Library is limited in what it can do this year because of the massive construction project going on there. There…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Come to the UGA Health Sciences Campus tonight to find out what's happening there. The free information event will be held in Georgia Hall from 6 to 7:30pm. It would be good to learn what's coming. A big Thank you! to Athens Clarke County Deputy Manager Bobby Snipes, who's retiring after almost forty years of service. Trained as an engineer, Bobby has been in the trenches for both the City of Athens and the unified government, working hard to create the Bear Creek Reservoir, among other projects. He survived many changes and administrations, but always kept his eyes on the prize of improving Athens. Thank you, Bobby. Let's give a shout out to the Clarke County School District's nutrition program and director Paula Farmer. They are …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Molly Read Woo, author of multimedia book "The Red and Black Breed" will be reading excerpts from her Athens-focused murder mystery novel tonight at Avid Bookshop.
Tonight at Avid Bookshop will be murder. The local bookshop will be hosting author Molly Woo for a book signing and reading of her Southern murder mystery, "The Red and Black Breed." The book, set at the University of Georgia, combines photos, websites, music references and trivia to create a multimedia experience. Following the tale of two Grady College of Journalism graduates, the book weaves a landscape of both local and national history as it references events that took place between August and October of 2001. Woo said although the book is fiction, much of the writing process was spent researching the novel to give it as authentic a feel as possible. "The two main characters are, of course, fictional, but they used to work at The …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Why does today feel like Tuesday?
Poet Liza Wieland gives a poetry reading tonight from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Avid Bookshop. The store and the Georgia Review are sponsoring the reading. Support a poet, go and buy a book. Well, it looks as though the ever-popular, ever-excellent restaurant Five & Ten is moving from Lumpkin Street to a few houses north on Milledge. Theirs is the building where Hawthorne House was for a while, next to the Tri Delts. The plan was approved by the ACC Planning Commission Thursday night, with no opposition. Whatever the parking arrangement is there, it has to be better than what they were enduring on Lumpkin. It's official: the Star-Spangled Classic was a big success. Thousands of people gathered in Bishop Park. Kids rode their decorated bikes and …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
A bunch o' books suggested by the folks at Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ah, summer. A time of cool drinks and good books. Whether you're looking for books for adults, young adults or children, the folks at Avid Bookshop have you covered. They have assembled a booklist that will delight readers of all ages. Oh, and if you can't find the book you want on the shop shelves, the staff will happily order it for you. Happy reading! Adult: 1. The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker A haunting and unforgettable coming-of-age debut for fans of speculative fiction set against the backdrop of a world where the earth has slowed, and the days grow longer. A breakout debut. 2. John Henry Days – Colson Whitehead From the author of "The Intuitionist" comes a retelling of the legend of John Henry that sweeps across …