April 24
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.

May 1
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.

May 3
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.

May 16
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.

May 24
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.”

June 11
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.

 

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