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Bestselling YA author to speak in Decatur

Bestselling YA author to speak in Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- Popular author Laurie Halse Anderson will hold a talk and book signing at the Decatur Library this month.

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Anderson is best known for her novel Speak, which was made into a 2004 movie with Twilight star Kristen Stewart. She also wrote Wintergirls, which tells the story of a high school student suffering from anorexia.

Her latest novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, is about a teenager named Hayley and her relationship with her father Andy, an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD.

Anderson will be at the library on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Her visit is sponsored by Little Shop of Stories and the Georgia Center for the Book.

The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street.

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

ATLANTA -- Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd will hold two readings and book signings in metro Atlanta in January.

Kidd is best known for writing The Secret Life of Bees, which was made into a 2008 movie starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. She is also the author of The Mermaid Chair.

Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, like her previous two books, is a celebration of women.

According to Book Atlanta:

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

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This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

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The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.

DeKalb recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Day

DeKalb recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Day

DECATUR, Ga. -- Tuesday, Oct. 22 has been named Domestic Violence Awareness Day in DeKalb County.

DeKalb Solicitor-General Sherry Boston is passionate about ending domestic violence.

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"I am pleased to see DeKalb County recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Day so that we can spread the word about this very serious problem," Boston said in a statement. "It's important that we stop the cycle of abuse that is often passed down from generation to generation."

Boston recently helped create a Special Victims Unit in DeKalb County. The police unit will investigate and prosecute domestic violence and stalking crimes.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- This year's DeKalb International Food and Music Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall.

The event, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m., is coordinated by county Commissioner Stan Watson.

"We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Musical Festival, and I am confident that the festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our country," Watson said in a statement.

The International Food and Music Festival celebrates DeKalb residents' many cultures, including Asian, African, West Indian and Middle Eastern. Planned festivities include shopping, food sampling and a Children's Village with puppet shows and face painting; admission to the kids' section is $10.