Events

Upcoming Book Signings and Events at Wordsmiths Books

All orders for signed books must be placed through our website at least 48 hours in advance of the event. We can not guarantee a signed copy or personalization requests – authors are sometimes unable to sign books – but we will try our hardest to get you one.

October 13 – Raymond Fast
October 14 – Leslie Walker Williams
October 15 – Sandra Lee
October 17 – A Novel Affair
October 17 – Andrew Porter & Peter Selgin
October 25 – Robert Morgan
November 1 – New South Reading Series
November 9 – Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights
November 22 – Amanda Petrusich
December 14 – Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights

Raymond Fast

Raymond Fast explores life, love, and laughter with his words and the pictures they paint. Join him for a night of poetry, fiction, and something like fiction as he performs Mashed Potato Sandwiches, and Other Delights as part of Working Title’s Playwrights & Series.

Raymond’s published works include Power Lunch (pseudonym: Charlyne Morrison); Puttin’ On the Grits: A Guide to Southern EntertainingI Wonder, O’ Georgia; and To Live Like Ronny, Lessons Learned, Vo. II. His audio script, The Byrds Nest: Who Killed the Silver Syclone, won the Friends of Old Time Radio 2006 Script Contest (produced at the 2007 convention, Newark, NJ). His ten-minute play, Saving Starla, was produced by Atlanta Stage Write Productions in Norcross (June 2008). Readings of his full-length play, Bonneville Love, have been produced at the Legion Theater (Cartersville, 2006), Academy Theater (Avondale Estates, 2007, Working Title Playwrights), and the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center (April 2008, Lionheart Theater). Raymond is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and Working Title Playwrights.

Leslie Walker Williams

In The Prudent MarinerLeslie Walker Williams offers a searing exploration of the legacies of complicity and violence, silence and regret, and the unforeseeable ways the past shapes and impinges upon the present. In 1913 a young white girl in coastal Georgia fabricates a romance between her elder sister and an African American laborer, inadvertently leading to the man’s lynching. A crowd gathers and a photographer records the event on picture postcards. In one of these, the young girl stands smiling beside the hanged man.

More than fifty years later, nine-year-old Riddley Cross discovers these postcards amid her late grandfather’s belongings. As she tries to make sense of why the postcards are in her family’s possession, and why the photographed girl seems so familiar, Riddley becomes haunted by apparitions and dreams of lynchings. The postcards force her to question what she has been taught about the world, the South, and her family–and what she has not. The mysteries of the lynching postcards start to unravel after her widowed grandmother, Adele, moves in with the family.

Afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, Adele speaks only to murmur the occasional insult or curse. Nonetheless, she and Riddley become companions of a sort, based largely on their common affinity for silence, wandering, and the nearby river. When Riddley develops a friendship with her neighbor Carver, an artist and iconoclast, the connections between the postcards and Riddley’s family gradually come to light, and a series of tragic events begin to unfold. This book is Williams’ first novel and won the Peter Taylor Prize.

Sandra Lee

Presented by Wordsmiths Books and The Cook’s Warehouse, Sandra Lee’s Sweet & Simple Bake Sale. The Food Network star and savior of working mothers everywhere is embarking on her first-ever book tour, and we’re thrilled to welcome her! Sandra will be signing her new books, Semi-Homemade Desserts 2Semi-Homemade Fast-Fix Family Favorites, and Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals. The event will be at The Cook’s Warehouse location in Decatur, 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave., and Wordsmiths Books is the bookseller at the event.

Making this a true and truly special bake sale afternoon, volunteers from the Georgia arm of Share Our Strengths, a non-profit organization fighting hunger in our own community, will be on-site at Cook’s Warehouse selling Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade baked goods, with 100% of the profits directly benefiting Share Our Strengths.

Signing Rules

Purchase of one of Sandra Lee’s three new titles is required for entry into Sandra Lee’s Sweet and Simple Bake Sale event and book signing at The Cook’s Warehouse in Decatur. Each book purchase entitles the purchaser to a multi-purpose ticket. In addition to entry to the Sandra Lee Sweet and Simple Bake Sale event, the ticket entitles the purchaser to enter a raffle held on the day of the event, at the book signing, to be drawn by Sandra Lee and your Semi-Homemade friends, co-sponsored by Dixie Crystal Sugar.

The ticket also allows the purchaser to leave a written question for Sandra Lee, a select number of which will be answered live when Sandra appears on Good Day Atlanta on the morning of October 15. One book purchase per person of one of the three new titles is required to enter the event, though Sandra will sign as many books as desired for each ticket holder. Sandra will not sign paraphernalia or merchandise other than her books. You must be present at the event to win the Semi-Homemade raffle.

Books can be purchased at Wordsmiths Books, or you can click on the “Order” buttons to the left. Space is limited, so pre-orders are both encouraged and suggested. Books can be picked up at Wordsmiths Books on the day of the event.

A Novel Affair

Wordsmiths Books is the bookseller at A Novel Affair. The DeKalb Library Foundation hosts this gala and author reception with the silent auction and the Metro Jazz Trio band. Meet five outstanding local authors: Carmen DeedyJoshilyn JacksonTerry Kay, and J. Tom Morgan. Catered by ‘A Legendary Event’ with an open bar. The fundraiser benefits DeKalb County Public Library literary and literacy programs. Tickets $150, with VIP reception 6 -7 p.m. $200.

Andrew Porter & Peter Selgin

In the tradition of John Cheever, The Theory of Light & Matter by Andrew Porter consists of ten stories that explore the loss and sacrifice in American suburbia. In idyllic suburbs across the country, from Philadelphia to San Francisco, narrators struggle to find meaning or value in their lives because of (or in spite of) something that has happened in their pasts. Memory often replaces absence in these stories as characters reconstruct the events of their pasts in an attempt to understand what they have chosen to keep. These struggles lead to an array of secretive and escapist behavior as the characters, united by middle-class social pressures, try to maintain a sense of order in their lives. Drawing on the tradition of John Cheever, these stories recall and revisit the landscape of American suburbia through the lens of a new generation. The book won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The stories in Drowning Lessons by Peter Selgin engage water’s presence as both a vital and a potentially hazardous element in our lives. With empathy and wit, Selgin introduces us to characters navigating the choppy waters of human relationships. In all thirteen tales in this collection, Selgin exhibits a keen eye for the forces that push people toward–and sometimes beyond–their very human limits, forces as intrinsic, elemental, and elusive as the liquid that makes up two-thirds of their bodies. These stories remind us that of all bodies of water, none is deeper or more dangerous than our own.

Robert Morgan

The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America–its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. In Boone, bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan reveals the complex character of a frontiersman whose heroic life was far stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround him. This rich, authoritative biography offers a wholly new perspective on a man who has been an American icon for more than two hundred years–a hero as important to American history as his more political contemporaries George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Extensive endnotes, cultural and historical background material, and maps and illustrations underscore the scope of this distinguished and immensely entertaining work.

New South Reading Series

The inaugural season of the New South Reading Series at Wordsmiths Books will showcase the young, talented, and award-winning writers from the New South’s Writing Workshop at Georgia State University. These “emerging” writers have already received national and international acclaim, publishing books with Bloomsbury, Carrol and Graf, and St. Martin’s Press. Their work has also appeared in journals such as The Best American PoetryThe Gettysburg ReviewGlimmer TrainPoetry, and Blackbird. The readers for the November event will be announced soon.

Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights

Wordsmiths Books hosts Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights (WTP). On the second Sunday of each month, a contemporary play is selected for reading aloud followed immediately by discussion. There is no charge to participate, and it’s open to anyone who wants to read exciting modern plays.

This month’s play is Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies. Winner of the 1992 Obie Award, this is the story of an American mega-artist so successful he’s had the obligatory profile in Vanity Fair and can claim astronomical prices for the sight of his work unseen from a waiting list of wealthy patrons. In England for a retrospective of his paintings, the artist goes into the countryside to visit his original muse and lover, the “sacrificial shiksa” whom he abandoned in his quest for the opulent life which now devours him.

Amanda Petrusich

It Still Moves

A contributor to Atlanta’s own Paste Magazine, as well as a myriad of other publications including the phenomenally influential Pitchfork.com, writer/journalist Amanda Petrusich, presents It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music. Equal parts travelogue and cultural/musical history, Petrusich, with a conversational style and a snappy eye for detail, sets out to discover the “truth” of American Music/Americana. Through interviews, road stories, geographical and sociological interpretations, and detailed music criticism, Petrusich traces the rise of Americana music from its gospel origins through its new and compelling incarnations (as evidenced in bands and artists from Elvis to Iron and Wine, the Carter Family to Animal Collective, Johnny Cash to Will Oldham) and explores how the genre is adapting to the twenty-first century. Ultimately the book is an examination of all things American: guitars, cars, kids, motion, passion, enterprise, and change, in a fervent attempt to reconcile the American past with the American present, using only dusty records and highway maps as guides.

Paste Magazine and Wordsmiths Books are thrilled to welcome Petrusich to Atlanta for her only book signing to promote It Still Moves, about which local noir writer David Fulmer writes, “Petrusich’s heartfelt reverence for these mysterious and mythic men and women at the heart of America’s music is the key to this mostly fine and funky travelogue.” To celebrate, Paste and Wordsmiths are teaming up to present an evening of music, drink, culture, and discussion. More details to be announced soon.

Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights

Wordsmiths Books hosts Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights (WTP). On the second Sunday of each month, a contemporary play is selected for reading aloud followed immediately by discussion. There is no charge to participate, and it’s open to anyone who wants to read exciting modern plays.

This month’s play is Reckless by Craig Lucas. At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life–which she does by scrambling out the kitchen window and into the snowy night. She meets and joins up with Lloyd Bophtelophti, a true “original” who has changed his name to avoid alimony payments and who now lives with a paraplegic named Pootie (who also pretends to be deaf in order to get double disability). Rachel then wins $100,000 on a TV game show and begins a series of picaresque escapades involving numerous psychiatrists and, eventually, an ill-fated reunion with her husband.

Please join us for a lively reading and discussion of this contemporary masterwork. It’s FREE! 

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