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S.C. author to read at Ga. Center for the Book

S.C. author to read at Ga. Center for the Book

DECATUR, Ga. -- An award-winning author from South Carolina will read from his newest short story collection at the Georgia Center for the Book next month.

George Singleton is the author of five collections and two novels. The stories in his latest book, Stray Decorum, were previously published in a number of journals, including The Atlantic, Oxford American and The Georgia Review.

Singleton has received several prestigious awards for his writing as well as a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The reading will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Admission is free; copies of Stray Decorum will be available for $15.95.

The Georgia Center for the Book is located at the Decatur Library on Sycamore Street.

7 plays vying for Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

7 plays vying for Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

ATLANTA -- Every year, the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award honors a production that debuts at one of the Atlanta area's many theaters.

Local playwrights from across the metro try to win the award every season. This year, seven new plays are eligible.

The Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award will be presented by local author and playwright Pearl Cleage at the 8th annual Suzi Bass Awards on Monday, Nov. 5.

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This year's nominated plays are:

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, October 18, from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) along with sponsor Rémy Martin V, presented its 4th annual ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music at Vanquish Lounge located 1029 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's winners of the Southern Women Writers Conference student writing contest kicked off last weekend's event by reading their works.

The writing contest was open to female students at Berry, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Shorter University. Blind judging was completed by Berry visiting professors Abby Greenbaum and Alex Quinlan.

In the fiction category, Berry senior and Knoxville, Tenn., resident Emily Caldwell won for her story, "A Brief Outburst of Pent-Up Aggression." The runner-up was Berry freshman Ciara Stephens of Decatur with her story, "Solo."

Berry sophomore Chelsea Fryer of Chattanooga, Tenn., won the poetry contest. Jenny VanFossen, a Georgia Highlands College sophomore, was the runner-up.

Ice Cube talks Atlanta-based show

We caught up with Gangsta Rapper turned Actor/Producer and talked new music and sitcom filmed right here in Atlanta! Don't miss the inspiring advice he gives for you!

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

DECATUR, Ga. -- Tickets are currently on sale for the keynote address of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

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Natasha Tretheway will be this year's speaker. She is the current U.S. Poet Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor at Emory University.

Tretheway's address will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be picked up at Emory's box office, Little Shop of Stories, Eagle Eye Bookshop and Charis Books & More in Little Five Points.