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Novelist to speak at Decatur Library

Novelist to speak at Decatur Library

DECATUR, Ga. -- Writer and teacher Charlie Lovett will hold a book signing at the Decatur Library next month.

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Lovett's latest novel, The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession, weaves a story of murder and Shakespeare.

He will read from, discuss and sign copies of the book on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:15 p.m. A portion of sales will benefit the Georgia Center for the Book.

Lovett's visit is sponsored by A Cappella Books in Inman Park, which provided a synopsis of The Bookman's Tale:

'Pretty Little Liars' author to visit Decatur

'Pretty Little Liars' author to visit Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- A New York Times-bestselling author will read from her latest book in Decatur next month.

Sara Shepard is the author of the Pretty Little Liars series. The books were turned into a television show of the same name, which airs on ABC Family.

Crushed is the 13th book in the series. Shepard will speak about Crushed on Wednesday, June 5 at Little Shop of Stories.

Book Atlanta provided this synopsis of Crushed:

Crime Victims Rights Week

Crime Victims Rights Week

April 18, 2013 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that his office will pay homage to those intimately affected by crime during the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“Those who have been hurt by the criminal actions of others are harmed in many ways, yet they are often some of the strongest people I’ve met. Our vigil aims to recognize their suffering and remember those who didn’t survive,” District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. “We are also pleased to open our office for people in the community we serve. This office belongs to them, after all.”

Kimberly B. McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Unit in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, said,   “Victims of crime suffer emotional, financial, and physical trauma as a result of the crimes inflicted upon them. The least we can do as a society is stand up for victims’ rights, ensuring that victims are kept informed of, allowed to participate in, and advised of options surrounding the criminal justice process.”

DeKalb CEO, Board of Commissioners kick off National County Government Month

DECATUR, Ga – DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announces DeKalb County will join the National Association of Counties (NACo), along with counties across America, in celebrating National County Government Month (NCGM) this April. The month-long celebration aims to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year’s theme is “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities”.

Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. To commemorate NCGM, events geared toward citizens and employees will take place at venues around the county.

Improving your golf game could change a child's life

Improving your golf game could change a child's life

ATLANTA -- You can help a child recover from abuse and neglect, just by playing a round of golf.

Camp Horizon, a non-profit organization, is holding a golf tournament to benefit children who are in foster care, recovering from abuse.

The Hope on the Horizon golf tournament takes place at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw Monday, Apr. 22 at 10 a.m. There is an entry fee of $125 per player, or $500 per foursome. Participants need to register by Apr. 8.

Organizers say the round of golf will make a big difference. Camp Horizon leaders say 40,000 children in Georgia are victims of abuse; every 13 minutes, a child is victimized. And children who are harmed are six times more likely to continue the cycle of abuse.

Gabby Douglas to visit Atlanta Gymnastics Center

Gabby Douglas to visit Atlanta Gymnastics Center

DECATUR, Ga. -- Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will visit Atlanta Gymnastics Center later this month.

Douglas, who placed first in the all-around and was also part of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2012 London Games, will be at the DeKalb County gym Thursday, Mar. 21 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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During her visit, Douglas will speak to the more than 1,000 boys and girls who attend the gym and its centers.

Atlanta Gymnastics Center is located at 2617-B Talley Street in Decatur.

For more information, visit atlantagymnasticscenter.com.

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney will give a free reading at Emory University next month.

Heaney will read on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 2 p.m. in the school's Glenn Auditorium.

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday and can be picked up at a number of locations, including Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office, A Cappella Books in Inman Park, Charis Books and More in Little Five Points, and two Decatur bookstores -- Eagle Eye Bookshop and Little Shop of Stories.