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Little Shop of Stories owner joins Decatur Book Festival

Little Shop of Stories owner joins Decatur Book Festival

DECATUR, Ga. -- Diane Capriola, co-owner of the Little Shop of Stories bookstore, has been named Manager of Children and Teen Programming for the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Capriola has been a friend to the AJC DBF for years, according to festival executive director Daren Wong.

"Diane has always been so involved that it's hard to believe we've just now found a way to formalize her work on the festival," Wong said in a statement. "As one of the smartest booksellers in the country, we are lucky to have her in our community and on our team."

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'Amelia Bedelia' author to visit Decatur

'Amelia Bedelia' author to visit Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- The author of a wildly popular children's book series will visit Decatur at the end of the month.

Herman Parish will be at the Little Shop of Stories at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Parish is the nephew of Peggy Parish, who started the "Amelia Bedelia" series about a scatterbrained but lovable maid. Peggy Parish passed away in 1988; her nephew took over the series in 1995.

Two new Amelia Bedelia chapter books will hit store shelves in January: Amelia Bedelia Means Business and Amelia Bedelia Unleashed.

Learn more about Parish's visit at littleshopofstories.com.

Lillian Lewis to be laid to rest Monday

Lillian Lewis to be laid to rest Monday

ATLANTA -- Dignitaries, friends and family are joining Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in saying a final farewell to his late wife.

Lillian Lewis died last Monday at age 73.

Her funeral is being held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the couple married 44 years ago.

President Obama called Rep. Lewis to offer his condolences.

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On Sunday, members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority remembered Lillian Lewis with a private ceremony.

DeKalb District Attorney, Assistant D.A. sworn in

DeKalb District Attorney, Assistant D.A. sworn in

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was sworn in for his second term Thursday.

"I am honored to serve the people of DeKalb County as their district attorney," James said in a statement. "I remain committed to seeking justice for every victim and in every case. I thank the voters for entrusting me with the responsibility and duty that comes with this office."

James' second term will officially begin Jan. 1.

Nicole Marchand Golden was also sworn in Thursday as DeKalb County's Chief Assistant District Attorney. She and James were sworn in by DeKalb County Judge Gregory Adams.

The county's other Chief Assistant D.A., Don Geary, announced his resignation earlier this month. Geary left DeKalb for a similar position in Cobb County.

Radio host Kenny Pugh, gospel artist Lowell Pye & 102.5’s Darlene McCoy host concert

Radio host Kenny Pugh, gospel artist Lowell Pye & 102.5’s Darlene McCoy host concert

ATLANTA -- On November 16 at 7:30 p.m., well-known community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities will gather for“A Night of Thanksgiving, a benefit concert sponsored by host of The Chat Kafe Show, Kenny Pugh (http://www.chatkafeonline.com) and 

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!