Atlanta Noir Book Party

Event date: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Atlanta itself is a crime scene. After all, Georgia was founded as a de facto penal colony and in 1864, Sherman burned the city to the ground. We might argue about whether the arson was the crime or the response to the crime, but this is indisputable: Atlanta is a city sewn from the ashes and everything that grows here is at once fertilized and corrupted by the past . . .Welcome to Atlanta Noir. Come sit on the veranda, or the terrace of a high-rise condo. Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, and fortify it with a slug of bourbon. Put your feet up. Enjoy these stories, and watch your back.--Tayari Jones

Join Charis for a literary celebration of Atlanta's underbelly with authors Jennifer Harlow, Sheri Joseph, Alesia Parker, and Gillian Royes. Each will read a selction from her story and chat with the audience about how they framed their takes on the shadow side of the "new south." This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5.

Jennifer Harlow earned a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia. She has worked as a bookseller, radio deejay, lab assistant, and government investigator. She is the author of the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series, the Galilee Falls Trilogy, and the Iris Ballard series. She lives in Atlanta and is hard at work on her next book.

Alesia Parker, a native Atlantan, is a happy chemist by day and closeted writer by night. She has honed her craft through various writing workshops in the Atlanta area over the past decade. Her story in this volume, “Ma’am,” is excerpted from her manuscript-in-progress, Always Watching. This is her first published story.

Gillian Royes was born in Jamaica and furthered her education in the United States, completing a doctorate in communications at Emory University, where she initiated her love affair with Atlanta. She is the author of the cozy mystery novels in the Shadrack Myers series published by Simon & Schuster, and her film script Preciosa was recently shot in St. Croix. She is currently working on a film adaptation of her novel The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks.

Sheri Joseph is the author of two novels, Where You Can Find Me and Stray, and a cycle of stories, Bear Me Safely Over. She has been awarded an NEA fellowship and the Grub Street National Book Prize in fiction, as well as numerous residency fellowships including MacDowell and Yaddo. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches in the creative writing program at Georgia State University and serves as fiction editor of Five Points.

Event address: 
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Charis Books and More
Atlanta, GA 30307
Atlanta Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Tayari Jones (Editor), Dallas Hudgens (Contribution by), Brandon Massey (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781617755378
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Akashic Books - July 25th, 2017

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