GPC Staff, Faculty Participate in AJC Decatur Book Festival

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From leading workshops to signing their latest books, Georgia Perimeter College faculty and staff are poised to participate in the AJC Decatur Book Festival held during Labor Day Weekend.

On Friday, staff of The Chattahoochee Review, the college’s literary magazine, will kick off the festival by leading a workshop, “Above, Below and Beyond the Slush Pile: Selecting Literature for The Chattahoochee Review.” A panel of editors will discuss its collective process of deciding what pieces to publish and how each issue—themed or otherwise—attempts to create a conversation between those pieces.

The panel will read excerpts from work published in recent issues of the journal, highlighting such renowned authors as Aimee Bender, Robert Wrigley, Natasha Tretheway and Ann Beattie. The free workshop will be held 4 to 6 p.m. at Rebekah Scott Hall at Agnes Scott College.

On Saturday, Joshua Corin, a Dunwoody Campus instructor and author of several novels including “While Galileo Preys,” will serve as presenter for “Criminal Mikes: A Killer Conversation between Connelly and Koryta,” at 11:15 a.m. on the First Baptist Church Decatur Sanctuary Stage. Best-selling, crime-fiction authors Michael Connelly and Michael Koryta will discuss their newest novels and the art of mystery writing.

Corin’s series about a Long Island housewife-crime fighter named Esme Stuart has been optioned for television by 20th Century Fox. The award-winning playwright and novelist’s debut novel, “Nuclear Winter Wonderland,” was named by Booklist as one of the top 10 debut crime novels of the year. 

Anna Schachner, an associate professor at Dunwoody Campus and editor of The Chattahoochee Review, will introduce festival goers to GPC alumna and author, Joshilyn Jackson. The author will discuss her latest novel, “A Grown Up Kind of Pretty,” at 4:15 p.m. on the Decatur Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Stage.

Jackson is the author of five other novels, including “Gods in Alabama” and “The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.” Her books have been shortlisted twice for the prestigious Townsend Prize for Fiction.

On Sunday, Corin will moderate a panel on “The Evil of The Thriller,” with fellow authors Daniel Friedman and Julia Keller. The event will be held at 5 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic. Also on Sunday, GPC English faculty members Michael Diebert (Clarkston); Marissa McNamara (Dunwoody); Gregg Murray (Dunwoody); and Theodore Worozbyt (Newton) will participate in the festival’s new poetry program track: the Sunday College Showcase. Developed by Poetry Atlanta, the event features talented faculty members and students from the metro-area’s college writing programs. GPC’s faculty will command the stage from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Java Monkey.

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