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Charis is proud to help celebrate the 50th Annual Writers' Festival at Agnes Scott College. Scroll all the way down for a full list of events and authors' books.

We are very excited to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Writers' Festival! Join our distinguished guests, who are returning to the Festival, for one or more of our events. Please note that each of these events are free and open to the public, with no ticket required.         

50th Anniversary Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, April 6

Agnes Scott College Alum

Reem Faruqi, in conversation with Fahmida Azim

for a celebration of Amira's Picture Day

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From the Archives: 

Cristina Garcia at the 2013 Writers' Festival

4-5 p.m.

Agnes Scott Students' Reading

6:30-7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 7

From the Archives: 

Rita Dove at the 1991 Writers' Festival

2-3 p.m.

From the Archives: 

Melissa Fay Greene at the 1994 Writers' Festival

4-5 p.m.

Georgia Poetry Circuit and Kirk Series feature

poet Tiana Clark

6:30-7:30 p.m.  


Thursday, April 8
Q&A with Festival Guests
Rita Dove and Jacqueline Goldfinger '00
1:00-1:50 p.m.
Roundtable of Former 
Writers' Festival Contest Winners
4-5 p.m.
Reading featuring Rita Dove
8-9:30 p.m.


Friday, April 9

From the Archives: 

Meyme Curtis Tucker '59 at the 1993 Writers' Festival

2-3 p.m.

Reading by Jacqueline Goldfinger '00

5-6 p.m.

Georgia Premiere of 

Jacqueline Goldfinger's '00 play

The Arsonists

*available to stream April 9-11

SKU: ASCWritersTee


Celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Agnes Scott College Writers' Festival with a limited edition t-shirt. Purchase includes a copy of the Writers' Festival Magazine while supplies last.

Here in Berlin: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091085
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Published: Counterpoint - October 9th, 2018

Long–listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

King of Cuba: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476725666
Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2013

A “darkly hilarious” (Elle) novel about a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge by the National Book Award finalist Cristina García, this “clever, well-conceived dual portrait shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island” (Kirkus Reviews).

Vivid and teeming with li

Dreaming in Cuban Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345381439
Published: Ballantine Books - February 10th, 1993

“Impressive . . . [Cristina García’s] story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the ‘sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,’ as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré.”—Time

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884484318
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 1st, 2015

*2019 Daybreak Children's Picture Book Award -- Recognizing Muslim Women's Contributions to Literature*

Amira's Picture Day Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823440191
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Published: Holiday House - April 13th, 2021

Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can't wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There's just one hiccup: it's also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once?

Unsettled Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063044708
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Published: HarperCollins - May 11th, 2021

May/June 2021 Kids’ Indie Next List · Featured in Today Show’s AAPI Heritage Month list · A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021 · A National Council of Teachers of English Notable Verse Novel · Jane Addams 2022 Children’s Book Award Finalist · 2021 Nerdie Award Winner · 2021 Muslim Bookstagram Award Winner

Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867770
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

Finalist for the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry

A piercing, unflinching new volume offers necessary music for our tumultuous present, from “perhaps the best public poet we have” (Boston Globe).

Collected Poems: 1974-2004 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393354935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2017

Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award
Finalist for the 2017 NAACP Image Award

Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.

Thomas and Beulah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780887480218
Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - January 1st, 1986

A collection of poetry by Rita Dove.

Mother Love: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393314441
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 1996

Calling upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Mother Love examines the love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter, each daughter a potential mother.

Sonata Mulattica: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393338935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 27th, 2010

Detailing the volatile relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven, this is a "masterful collection" (Los Angeles Times).

American Smooth: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393327441
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2006

"Rita Dove pulls the ultimate dance trick: she makes it look easy."--New York Times Book Review

Grace Notes: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393306965
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 1991

With this her fourth book of poems, Rita Dove expands her role as a leading voice in contemporary American letters.

The Darker Face of the Earth (Oberon Modern Plays) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781840021295
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 11th, 1999

Rita Dove served as poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995. She has been awarded many literary and academic honours, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987 and the 1996 National Humanities Medal.

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062218520
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Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2017

THE UNDERDOGS tells the story of Karen Shirk: felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as an immobile, deeply isolated and depressed, ventilator-dependent patient, she was rejected by every service dog agency in the country as “too disabled.” Her nurse encouraged her to raise her own service dog, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life.

The Temple Bombing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306815188
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 29th, 2006

At 3:37 in the morning of Sunday, October 12, 1958, a bundle of dynamite blew out the side wall of the Temple, Atlanta's oldest and richest synagogue. The devastation to the building was vast-but even greater were the changes those 50 sticks of dynamite made to Atlanta, the South, and ultimately, all of the United States (Detroit Free Press).

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: 9 Kids, 3 Continents, 2 Parents, 1 Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374533380
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 24th, 2012

When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, "among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs.

I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822965589
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 18th, 2018

Winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Winner of the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

For prize-winning poet Tiana Clark, trees will never be just trees. They will also and always be a row of gallows from which Black bodies once swung.

Equilibrium Cover Image
ISBN: 9781495157646
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Published: Bull City Press - September 3rd, 2016

Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Winner of the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. EQUILIBRIUM searches for that point where there is a balance, even as the poems display a consciousness and self-awareness that belie that balance. The poems negotiate the colossal movement of hearts figuring and being figured by history.

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry Cover Image
By Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, Lauren K. Alleyne (Editor), Rita Dove (Foreword by), John Bracey (Contributions by), Iain Haley Pollock (Contributions by), Gregory Pardlo (Contributions by), A. Van Jordan (Contributions by), Glenis Redmond (Contributions by), Fred Joiner (Contributions by), Frank X. Walker (Contributions by), F. Douglas Brown (Contributions by), E. Ethelbert Miller (Contributions by), Erica Hunt (Contributions by), Duriel E. Harris (Contributions by), Douglas Manuel (Contributions by), Douglas Kearney (Contributions by), Dante Micheaux (Contributions by), Jericho Brown (Contributions by), Jacqueline Jones LaMon (Contributions by), Janice N. Harrington (Contributions by), Hayes Davis (Contributions by), Clemonce Heard (Contributions by), DaMaris B. Hill (Contributions by), Cynthia Manick (Contributions by), Curtis L. Crisler (Contributions by), Cortney Lamar Charleston (Contributions by), Cornelius Eady (Contributions by), CM Burroughs (Contributions by), John Murillo (Contributions by), Tara Betts (Contributions by), t'ai freedom ford (Contributions by), Shayla Lawson (Contributions by), Sherese Francis (Contributions by), Shauna M. Morgan (Contributions by), Samantha Thornhill (Contributions by), Safiya Sinclair (Contributions by), Safia Elhillo (Contributions by), Remica Bingham-Risher (Contributions by), Randall Horton (Contributions by), Raina J. León (Contributions by), Phillip B. Williams (Contributions by), Donika Kelly (Contributions by), Dominique Christina (Contributions by), Dexter L. Booth (Contributions by), Destiny O. Birdsong (Contributions by), Derrick Weston Brown (Contributions by), DéLana R. A. Dameron (Contributions by), David Mills (Contributions by), darlene anita scott (Contributions by), Metta Sáma (Contributions by), Sharan Strange (Contributions by), Candice Wiley (Contributions by), Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Contributions by), Ana-Maurine Lara (Contributions by), Amber Flora Thomas (Contributions by), Amaud Jamaul Johnson (Contributions by), Amanda Johnston (Contributions by), Ama Codjoe (Contributions by), Alan W. King (Contributions by), Abdul Ali (Contributions by), Kwame Dawes (Contributions by), Yalie Kamara (Contributions by), Xandria Phillips (Contributions by), Tyehimba Jess (Contributions by), Tracy K. Smith (Contributions by), Tony Medina (Contributions by), Toi Derricotte (Contributions by), Tiana Clark (Contributions by), Thylias Moss (Contributions by), Teri Ellen Cross Davis (Contributions by), Taylor Johnson (Contributions by), Cedric Tillman (Contributions by), Camille T. Dungy (Contributions by), Bettina Judd (Contributions by), avery r. young (Contributions by), Chanda Feldman (Contributions by), Joshua B. Bennett (Contributions by), JP Howard (Contributions by), Julian Randall (Contributions by), Justin Phillip Reed (Contributions by), Kamilah Aisha Moon (Contributions by), Keith S. Wilson (Contributions by), Kevin Simmonds (Contributions by), Khadijah Queen (Contributions by), Korey Williams (Contributions by), Krista Franklin (Contributions by), L. Lamar Wilson (Contributions by), Lauren Russell (Contributions by), Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (Contributions by), Lynne Procope (Contributions by), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Contributions by), Major Jackson (Contributions by), Marcus Jackson (Contributions by), Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (Contributions by), Matthew Shenoda (Contributions by), Mahtem Shiferraw (Contributions by), Mendi Lewis Obadike (Contributions by), Prof. Meta DuEwa Jones (Contributions by), Michael Collins (Contributions by), Nabila Lovelace (Contributions by), Nandi Comer (Contributions by), Natasha Marin (Contributions by), Natasha Oladokun (Contributions by), Nate Marshall (Contributions by), Nagueyalti Warren (Contributions by), Nicole Sealey (Contributions by), Nkosi Nkululeko (Contributions by), Opal Moore (Contributions by), Prof. Evie Shockley (Contributions by), Ladan Osman (Contributions by), Rickey Laurentiis (Contributions by), Jasmine Richards (Contributions by), Terrance Hayes (Contributions by), francine j. harris (Contributions by), Patricia Spears Jones (Contributions by), Patricia Smith (Contributions by), Ruth Ellen Kocher (Contributions by), Ross Gay (Contributions by), Arisa White (Contributions by), Saretta Morgan (Contributions by), Indigo Moor (Contributions by), Marcus Wicker (Contributions by), Danez Smith (Contributions by), Aricka Foreman (Contributions by), Mary Alice Daniel (Contributions by), Clint Smith (Contributions by), Darrel Alejandro Holnes (Contributions by), Reginald Dwayne Dwayne Betts (Contributions by), Mitchel L.H. Douglas (Contributions by), Charif Shanahan (Contributions by), Anastacia Renée (Contributions by), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Contributions by), Valencia Robin (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780810141544
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Published: TriQuarterly - December 16th, 2019

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than one hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Justin Philip Reed, and Tracy K. Smith, with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Evie Shockley.

Playwriting with Purpose: A Guide and Workbook for New Playwrights Cover Image
ISBN: 9781032003818
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Published: Routledge - August 17th, 2021

Playwriting with Purpose: A Guide and Workbook for New Playwrights provides a holistic approach to playwriting from an award-winning playwright and instructor.

The Arsonists Cover Image
ISBN: 9780573706981
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Published: Samuel French, Inc. - May 1st, 2018

The Arsonists is a lyrical Southern Gothic tale inspired by Electra about a father-daughter arson team who escapes to the Florida Everglades. It's a provocative journey from grief to redemption that delves into the primal bond between parent and child, and explores if that bond can ever truly be broken.

The Watchers (Hollis Summers Poetry Prize) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780821412534
Published: Ohio University Press - November 30th, 1998

In the world of Memye Curtis Tucker’s poetry, the observed are on display, on trial, on guard, or disappearing, and often changed by the eyes upon them; the gazers are benevolent, threatening, judgmental, separate, invisible.

There is in the poems a surface accessibility; mysteries in this book are not puzzles or ellipses, but moving revelations of paradox and unending possibilities

Inspired Georgia Cover Image
By Judson Mitcham (Editor), Michael David Murphy (Editor), Karen L. Paty (Editor)
ISBN: 9780820349343
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 1st, 2016

Inspired Georgia is a unique collection of Georgia's contemporary poets and photographers that engages the history and culture of the state, while serving as a document of some of the best and most powerful pieces penned by Georgia poets and images shot by Georgia photographers in recent years.

The Resisters: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657224
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2021

The provocative, moving, and paradoxically buoyant story of one family struggling to maintain their humanity in circumstances that threaten their every value. 

Typical American (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307389220
Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2008

From the beloved author of Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife comes this comic masterpiece, an insightful novel of immigrants experiencing the triumphs and trials of American life.


Necessary Kindling: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807127148
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Published: LSU Press - July 1st, 2001

Using the necessary kindling of unflinching memory and fearless observation, anjail rashida ahmad ignites a slow-burning rage at the generations-long shadow under which African American women have struggled, and sparks a hope that illuminates "how the acts of women-- / loving themselves-- / can keep the spirit / renewed." Fueling the poet's fire--sometimes angry-voiced but always poised and gra