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Congratulations to SCAD Atlanta writing professor Chris Bundy. Professor Bundy’s book, “Baby, You’re a Rich Man,” was released today. Here’s what people are saying about the book:
Baby, You’re a Rich Man is part picaresque, part noir, part tale of a (not so) innocent abroad, part send-up of the ridiculousness of made-for-TV consumer culture. Kent Richman’s fall and rise and fall and rise is as weird and unlikely as his childhood infamy and his adult fame, and Christopher Bundy’s masterstroke is to make of that weirdness a heartfelt novel for the new century, a novel in which everything and anything is possible: love, loss, and maybe even redemption.
— Josh Russell, author of A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag
Christopher Bundy’s Baby, You’re a Rich Man is as much a satire of contemporary media culture as it is one man’s attempt to escape his notorious past. And there are many pleasures here: the beauty and contradiction that are the Japanese landscape, the restrained humor mixed with slapstick, the comic book drama, and the unforgettable characters that drive this story to its surprising end.
—Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of Speed Tribes and Triburbia
From the first page, Christopher Bundy’s Baby, You’re A Rich Man drew me seductively into its world and never let go. This engrossing novel is filled with the spark of adventure and a hero whose relatable pains are rendered with striking originality. Mark your calendars, make room on your bookshelf: Baby, You’re A Rich Man is worth your time.
— Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Part expat story, part whodunit, part celebrity expose, part graphic novel, Chris Bundy’s debut chronicles the heavy and the light for a man who’s staked his career on being a John Lennon look-alike in Japan, sweating his latest and maybe last shot at being somebody, someone, anyone at all. These pages have plenty to say about who we are while chasing our dreams and what it means, if it does, to catch them.
— Hugh Sheehy, author of The Invisibles
With sensitive nuanced writing, and an eye for the absurd as well as the tragic, Bundy has located the unexpected core of humanity and hope in the ludicrous maelstrom of the modern celebrity culture.
— Man Martin, author of Paradise Dogs
If there’s any justice in the literary world, Baby, You’re a Rich Man will be big in Japan and America. Christopher Bundy is a writer worth your time.
— Kyle Minor, author of In the Devil’s Territory
See what Chris Bundy has to say about the book in his interview with Smokelong Quarterly.
Graduate writing student T.J. Gordon is writing for Football.com.
Graduate writing student Ally Wright was a finalist in the Agnes Scott Writing Contest.
Undergraduate student Molly Paschal is interning at Good of All, a nonprofit based out of Washington, D.C.
Graduate student Caitlin O’Grady will be serving as the editor of the Ivy Hall Review for the next academic year.
Atlanta writing professor Catherine Ramsdell’s proposal on interactive training was selected as a 30-minute best practice session at The Teaching Professor Technology Conference.
Graduate student Caitlin O’Grady’s short story “Reinvention of Elizabeth Barns” was published in the Atticus Review.
Graduate student Sybil McLain Topel is interning at The Sextant Group.
Graduate students Sheronda Gipson and Jonathan O’Conner participated in Out to Launch.
Graduate student Caroline Huftalen’s blog, Busking at the Seams is quickly becoming the place to go for theater reviews in Atlanta.
Undergraduate student Danielle Austin is interning this quarter with Savannah magazine.
Undergraduate student Hannah Neff earned a summer internship at Random House Special Markets.
Alumna Kim Wade (M.F.A., 2012) was hired as editor of the Do and Accent sections of the Savannah Morning News.
Undergraduate student Mariel Zayas-Bazan was mentioned in an article in Connect Savannah in regard to her participation in a group exhibition, “In the Pines” at Gallery Espresso.
Ivy Hall Writers Series presents Pearl Cleage
Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Gallery See, SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta-based writer Pearl Cleage will deliver a public lecture as part of her April residency at SCAD. Her lecture, “Audiences and Assumptions: What I Learned in Paris,” will examine the role theater can play in creating and strengthening community, forging common cultural bonds, and shaping our shared language to reflect contemporary American realities. Cleage, who begins a three-year residency at Alliance Theatre in June as part of a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a nationally known playwright. She also is author of eight novels, including “What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day,” which was an Oprah Book Club selection and spent nine weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.
Writer’s Roundtable presents Stephanie Cash
Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta, Ga.
Stephanie Cash is a freelance visual art writer and regular contributor to Arts ArtsATL. She was an editor at Art in America magazine in New York for 19 years, most recently serving as news editor. She wrote and edited features, exhibition reviews and news stories. Among the numerous figures she has covered in depth are artists Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, Andrea Zittel and Spencer Finch, and museum director Maxwell Anderson. She has reported on a wide range of art-related news and issues in the art world, from gallery scandals and auctions to copyright violations and the fair market tax deduction for artists. Cash has also written various catalogue essays and edited for Rizzoli and Prestel Publishing.
Ivy Hall spring Potlatch Reading
Friday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta, Ga.
Ivy Hall, SCAD Atlanta’s writing and cultural arts center, presents the latest work from two of Atlanta’s most exciting poets: Molly Brodak and Gina Myers. Brodak is the winner of the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize for her collection “A Little Middle of the Night.” Her poems have appeared recently in FIELD, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, The Collagist, Ninth Letter and elsewhere. Myers is the author of “A Model Year” (Coconut Books, 2009), and several chapbooks, including “False Spring” (Spooky Girlfriend, 2012). Her second full-length book, “Hold It Down,” will be published by Coconut Books in May. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she runs Lame House Press and helps edit Coconut Magazine. The event is free and open to the public.
Ivy Hall Writers Series presents Daniel Wallace
Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta, Ga.
Celebrated author Daniel Wallace will discuss his new book, “The Kings and Queens of Roam,” which will be published in May. The novel is described by the publisher Touchstones as “a wildly imaginative, beautifully written novel about two sisters and the dark, yet magical town that binds them.” Wallace is the author of five novels, including “Big Fish,” which was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003, with a musical adaptation coming to Broadway in 2013. Wallace is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun magazine and is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the creative writing program.
Ivy Hall Writers Series presents David Gillham
Friday, 6:30-8 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta, Ga.
David R. Gillham was trained as a writer at the University of Southern California, where he moved from screenwriting to fiction. After relocating to New York City, he spent more than a decade in the book business. In his new novel “City of Women,” Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times and how the choices they make can destroy them, save them, or both. Margaret Leroy, The New York Times best-selling author, calls the novel “a big, brilliant, passionate book, a masterful evocation of Hitler’s Berlin in all its claustrophobia, duplicity, and fear. This is a thriller of searing intensity. . . . I found it utterly compelling.”
Ivy Hall Writers Series presents Jeanette Walls
Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Gallery See, SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga.
Jeannette Walls will discuss her new book, “The Silver Star,” a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices. Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in the Southwest and Welch, West Virginia. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York for 20 years. Her memoir, “The Glass Castle,” has been a New York Times best seller for more than five years.
Savannah undergraduate student Danielle Austin wrote a column for the Savannah Morning News. The piece, titled “Unfashionable: Racism on runways,” was featured in the April 15 print edition and online.
Savannah graduate student Grace Barkley wrote “5 Ways to Boost Your Small Business Twitter Account” for the blog Brazen Life. The article also was syndicated on the Huffington Post.
Salted and Styled, a food-inspired lifestyle blog to which Savannah writing professor Andrea Goto regularly contributes, was awarded “Best Culinary Blog” of 2013 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Since the blog’s launch in September 2012, Goto has contributed more than 25 posts.
Savannah writing professor James Lough will present at lecture at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St., in Savannah on Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m. During the lecture, titled “New York’s Notorious Chelsea Hotel: An Oral History,” Lough will share excerpts from his forthcoming book on the Chelsea Hotel and discuss the process of interviewing former residents and compiling and organizing the interviews into a single narrative. This lecture is part of the 2013 Gulfstream Spring Lecture Series.
Writing department chair Beth Concepción wrote “It Takes Two” for Savannah Homes magazine (Spring/Summer 2013) and “Beneath the Surface” for Savannah Magazine (March/April 2013).
SCAD WRITers are invited to attend four panel discussions this week. As part of SCADstyle, several magazine editors, writers, and executives will lead panel discussions where students can learn to better research, write, and pitch articles to magazines. WRITers can expect to gain knowledge, learn freelance strategies, make industry connections, to inquire about internships, and develop assignments.
Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco, California-based editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors and design.
After a successful career in publishing, Rebecca Wesson Darwin launched Garden & Gun magazine in 2007 and is currently the president and CEO of the lifestyle magazine.
David DiBenedetto oversees all print and digital platforms as vice president and editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun.
As senior style editor for Garden & Gun, M.K. Quinlan oversees lifestyle coverage for print and digital editions of the magazine as well as the style blog, Belle Decor.
Gina Sanders is president and chief executive officer of Fairchild Fashion Media, the organization that oversees Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com, Footwear News, NowManifest, Beauty Inc, M and Fairchild Summits.
Charlotte Moss has been published in shelter magazines worldwide, and she has received numerous awards including the Timeless Design Award from the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor’s Vision Award, and she has been included on Traditional Home magazine’s list of the world’s top 20 interior designers.
Please join us at Ivy Hall on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. for Rick Lovell’s lecture “Books and Other Nonsense.” Lovell is the program coordinator for SCAD Atlanta’s illustration department and has illustrated hundreds of book covers, along with advertising, packaging and editorial illustrations and posters, including four for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Graduate student Grace Barkley wrote “5 Ways to Boost Your Small Business Twitter Account” for the blog Brazen Life.
Undergraduate student Taylor Kigar won first place in the first Writers’ Studio Writing Contest for her piece “Wives’ Tale.”
Undergraduate student John Young wrote numerous articles for Georgia Public Broadcasting as part of his Winter 2013 internship.
Susan Kemp (B.F.A., 2012) has been hired as a temporary copy editor at Oxmoor House — a role that will begin when she completes her fellowship. She also wrote “To Fellow Artists (In Memory of Roger Ebert)” for the Huffington Post.
Rachael Schultz (B.F.A., 2011) is now an editorial intern at Men’s Health magazine.
Kristina Wagner Stilb (B.F.A., 2010) owns her own marketing and public relations company, Blits Creative Services, and also serves as marketing and public relations director for Sugar Hill Animal Hospital in Sugar Hill, Ga.
Savannah M.F.A. candidate Alexa Boehringer presents her paper in the parlor of Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home as part of their Gulfstream Spring Lecture Series. (That’s O’Connor in the upper right-hand corner.)