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With an eye on posterity, not to mention just plain fun, Susan Swann had a proposition  two years ago for her granddaughter Amelia Lynne Swann, who was then 4 years old.

Gift giving is an age-old challenge with fabulously fresh options, thanks to a host of new releases from area authors. With subjects sure to please men, women and children on any list, holiday shopping can be local and literary, online or in person.

For the fourth consecutive year, local book lovers will be treated to a full day of writers, workshops and well-read revelers at the Milton Literary Festival Nov. 10.

After 27 years at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she is currently a physician outreach liaison, many of Smith’s musings naturally have a medical theme. Sometimes the topic is nursing in early 1900s Atlanta, which she discussed as a historical fiction panelist at September’s AJC Deca…

In spring 2016, author Marsha Cornelius attended a one-night affair in Lawrenceville called Noir at the Bar. Held in cities nationwide, the evening featured crime writers reading from their work as fans gathered to sip, snack and soak in the suspense.

When the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year awards were announced June 16 at Kennesaw State University, nearly a fourth of the writers honored had something in common other than penning revered work: Careers in education.

For author Diana Savastano, truth is no stranger to fiction. In 1991, she bought a Civil War relic purportedly pilfered from Mississippi’s Natchez National Cemetery by a young boy decades earlier. She was so inspired by the piece, a memorial star grave marker, that she eventually wrapped a f…

It’s summertime and the reading is easy, as the song might go in literary circles. What isn’t always easy, however, is choosing which books to read. For ideas, we asked several authors for summer reading suggestions. Here are their 12 fun recommendations – and the promise of many more.

Rosalind and Maggie Bunn could write a book about mothers and daughters working together. That’s because they have worked together — writing a book.

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the book chosen for one local community-wide reading event is timely indeed. “Burial for a King: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Funeral and the Week that Transformed Atlanta and Rocked the Nation” by Rebecca …

An inveterate romantic, Linda Joyce writes about love. A lot. Of her 10 books and various other published works, romance is the prevailing tempestuous theme.

Linda Sands, award-winning author and self-proclaimed “kitchen-dancing, bourbon-swilling broad,” has shared late-night drinks with fellow mystery writer Janet Evanovich and has done shots with Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham. But some of her best work – and partying – happens in For…

Six area authors are offering up six sweet or, depending on the ingredients, savory gifts just in time for Thanksgiving: An anthology of short stories shaped by – and ending with – treasured family recipes.

Marietta native Amy Lyles’ humorous memoir, “The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures,” tackles a variety of subjects from divorce to losing your job, to being a step-mom. Her “Tina Fey” humorous style keeps you laughing throughout the entire book.

Nothing is more relaxing than a book with the power to transform beach chairs or even the same old couch into anywhere in – or out of – this world.

When North Carolina author Kristy Woodson Harvey was in the area to launch her third novel, one of her stops was a Mother’s Day tea at Roswell’s Urban Relics.

Before We Were Yours portrays the story of the Foss children, stolen from their parents’ shanty boat, The Arcadia, on the Mississippi River in 1936. Years later some of the children, now adults, are brought back together. The story begins when a young attorney has a connection with one of th…

As Mother’s Day approaches, readers searching for books with plots that plumb the bond between mothers and daughters won’t be at a loss. In fact, the only challenge might be deciding what to read first.

Autumn is a delightful season for book lovers. Not only do author-based events abound, including the upcoming Milton Literary Festival (see related story on page 15), fall is also when winners of some of the literary world’s most prestigious prizes are announced.

When Julia McDermott was growing up in Tucker, she fancied becoming a writer. It would prove a patient, and prophetic childhood dream.

It’s been 47 years since Woodstock, and no better statistic sums up how far we’ve come from the hippie dippie days of yore than this: About 10,000 baby boomers are retiring. Daily. In other words, if you and Sha Na Na’s Henry Gross are about the same age (65), or if Jefferson Airplane’s Grac…

Roswell writer Marilyn Baron, whose 11th title with The Wild Rose Press, “Stumble Stones,” will be released Aug. 19, considers it her most serious work yet. And, since she has 19 published works, that’s saying something.

Book lovers rejoice – Little Free Libraries have been catching on in North Fulton neighborhoods.

Want to know the best books to tuck in with this fall? Grab a cup of hot tea, pull on your fuzzy socks and get lost in some of these favorites from Foxtale Book Shoppe.

Johns Creek resident Nanette Littlestone wears many hats. In addition to being an author, editor and publisher, she is CEO of Words of Passion, a website designed to help professional women get published. She is also the creator of a collaborative two-volume effort called F.A.I.T.H. Her insp…

Johns Creek debut author Susan Sands grew up in a small Louisiana town where the food was rich and the stories were large.

Author Susan Jimison’s journey began with a letter. She was just 14 years old when news of her brother’s death reached home through a telegram.

It’s no surprise to the many devoted fans of Mary Alice Monroe’s novels that her latest trilogy brings to light the plight of a beloved species. She’s known for her ability to expertly intertwine the human stories in her work, revealing connections and familiarities between the characters an…

As the Alpharetta Library prepares to move out of its quirky little building at the corner of Mayfield and Canton, and into its glamorous new digs downtown, longtime volunteer Linda Statham has mixed feelings.

In 1945, Theodore Dinsmore and his wife, Imogene, purchased a homestead near the Crabapple junction in what is now the city of Milton. The property included a home, a barn and other outbuildings, and was a convenient walk to Dinsmore’s general store, housed in a two-story brick building that…

Sometimes, I like to have a glass of wine while I peruse the next Sunday school lesson I’m going to teach,” said Marietta author Sally Kilpatrick. She might have also given a mischievous wink. That sort of duality is part of what inspired her novel, “The Happy Hour Choir.”

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