Before writing her debut novel, Susan Beckham Zurenda spent 33 years teaching high school and college literature, composition and creative writing. When the Spartanburg, S.C., teacher retired, she began her second career as a publicist and media outreach coordinator with Magic Time Literary …

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Spring is coming, and love is in the air — and on the page. From this magazine’s front cover to the new releases listed below, our March issue is rife with romance.  

For its 15th anniversary title, Roswell Reads, the annual community literary initiative sponsored in part by local libraries, made a topical selection. “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,” by Kim Michele Richardson, is a novel concerning a real library program begun in rural Appalachian Ke…

The mystery of what it takes to make Disney magic unfolds in the pages of “One Day at Disney,” a new book that’s bringing Walt Disney’s wonderful world to coffee tables everywhere.

Gift-givers in the market for literature and hoping to keep it local this holiday season are in luck. With recently published titles in a range of genres — some naughty, some nice — these seven Atlanta-area authors help make shopping a breeze for nearby book lovers.

Fans of Karen White’s Tradd Street books have something else to celebrate this holiday season. “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street,” the sixth title in White’s series and her first Noel-themed novel, has just been published. 

Sherry B. Williams has a big message in a small package. The four-time breast cancer survivor wrote and self-published “When Cancer Calls,” a 38-page booklet she calls light-hearted, faith-based and easy to read for anyone diagnosed with cancer.

A month after its August 2018 release, “Where the Crawdads Sing” hit the New York Times bestseller list. By January, the debut novel by Delia Owens was at No. 1. Seven months and more than three million total sales later, it was still there and is the top-selling book of 2019, so far. Reese …

There’s nothing George Weinstein enjoys more than helping authors realize their dreams of getting published. 

During 30-plus years on the city of Atlanta’s police force, Trudy Nan Boyce was determined to serve and protect citizens. From beat cop to homicide detective to lieutenant and, finally, second in command of Atlanta’s East Precinct, Boyce’s dedication translated into steady promotions till he…

What’s better than soaking in the sun with a stack of exhilarating new books? How about meeting the bestselling authors and filling beach bags with signed copies?

Readers fond of debating what’s better — the book or the movie — will have much to discuss at theaters this year.

This has been a year of firsts for Roswell Reads. Instead of selecting a single title, the committee for the community-wide reading event chose one writer’s entire collection of books – a total of eight nonfiction works. 

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.

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