Georgia authors gathering at Mitchell House

'Book Bash' celebrates home-grown talent

Think Margaret Mitchell House and "Gone with the Wind" likely comes to mind.

But literary director Julie Bookman would like Atlantans to know the landmark is more than a historic home to the late author.

"We are a literary center and the tours have become secondary, in a way," Bookman says.

On Sunday, 60 authors will sign books and mingle with guests at the "Georgia Author Book Bash."

Bookman says she wants to feature veteran authors, whose past book events helped raise awareness of the Margaret Mitchell House and recruit lesser-known names.

"It's a chance to spotlight some of the incredible talent of Georgia authors," says George Scott with Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur.

Eagle Eye will facilitate book sales at the three-hour event.

"Sometimes we don't know that there are quality Southern authors here. [Best-selling novelist] Ferrol Sams will be there. Avid readers are gonna think, 'Wow this is cool,' " Scott adds.

In addition to Sams, the list of notable authors includes three Pulitzer Prize winners: poet Natasha Trethewey, Hank Klibanoff, the AJC's managing editor for enterprise and Mike Luckovich, the newspaper's editorial cartoonist.

A SAMPLING OF AUTHORS

• Douglas A. Blackmon, author of "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II." Blackmon is the Atlanta bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal.

• Emily Giffin, her novel "Love the One You're With" is ranked No. 5 on the New York Times best-sellers list.

• Mitchell Graham recently released his fourth novel, mystery thriller "Majestic Descending."

• Wesley Chenault and Stacy Braukman documented the history of "Gay and Lesbian Atlanta."

THE SET UP

• Authors take turns signing books in half-hour intervals from 4:30 to 6 p.m. When they are not signing, they will be mingling. No worries if you're busy with one author and miss time with another. All the authors will gather for a final signing at 6:15 p.m.

• All books will be sold at a mini-bookshop operated by Eagle Eye in the Visitors Center. Peruse and purchase books at the shop and take them to the author to sign.

• Fiction authors and food book writers will be located in the Visitors Center. Poets will be in the front parlor of the historic house. And non-fiction writers will be on the lower level of the house at the civil rights photography exhibit.

BITES

• Hors d'oeuvres prepared by The Flying Biscuit Cafe include the eatery's signature biscuits, oven fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, chilled green bean salad, field greens with balsamic vinaigrette; chicken link sausage wrapped in biscuit dough and served with roasted red pepper and mustard and chocolate bread pudding with honey créme anglaise.

• Wine, beer, soft drinks a specialty "author-tini" cocktail made with lemonade and vodka will be served.

GEORGIA AUTHOR BOOK BASH

• Sixty local authors will sign books and mingle with guests at the Margaret Mitchell House. 4-7 p.m. Sunday. $10 members, $15 non-members (Bookclub groups admitted for member fee). 990 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta. 404-249-7015; to pre-pay call 770-578-3502. www.gwtw.org.

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