Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Art and Author Programs and Events September 2012

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    Eyes Full of Wonder: AAC Exhibition
    July 29 – September 21. Library hours.
    First Thursday Art Walk Reception, Thursday September 6. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    A multimedia group art exhibition presented annually by members of the Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta’s oldest and largest organization for artists.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Author Talk and Book Signing: Shirley Sherrod, The Courage to Hope
    Wednesday, September 5. 6:30 p.m.
    Join us as Shirley Sherrod discusses her new book, The Courage to Hope. In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she’d done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia’s first black director of rural development. Adults.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Author Talk and Book Signing: Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks, Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement
    Thursday, September 6. 6:00 p.m.
    Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks, an associate professor of American and African American Studies at the University of Kansas will discuss his latest publication, Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement, the first full-length biography of Benjamin Mays (1894-1984). This work chronicles the life of the man Martin Luther King Jr. called his “spiritual and intellectual father,” and serves as a powerful portrayal of one man’s faith, thought and mentorship in bringing American apartheid to an end.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Authors’ Talk and Book Signing: Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen, Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop
    Friday, September 7. 6:00 p.m.
    Authors Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen will discuss their latest publication which explores the complex history of black minstrelsy from its origins to present-day manifestations in contemporary American popular culture.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Author Talk: Dr. Janet Blair Page, Get Married This Year: 365 Days to “I Do”
    Monday, September 10. 12:30 p.m.
    Forget waiting for Mr. Right! You can go out and find “The One” yourself. Atlanta relationship expert Dr. Janet Blair Page has distilled the very best of her acclaimed dating class, which was held for 22 years at Emory University and was covered by CNN, FOX, Good Morning America and The Early Show. Dr. Page’s book begins with knowing yourself, covers how to stop being your own worst enemy, stress-proof your dating life, get the right attitude, be a smart shopper and ends with keeping love alive. Adults. Reservations required.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Author Talk and Book Signing: Dwyane Wade, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball
    Monday, September 10. 6:30 p.m.
    Dwyane Wade, a current co-captain for the Miami HEAT and eight-time NBA All-Star, will be signing A Father First. The book shares insights on his life both on and off the court with a large focus on fatherhood, a topic of deep personal significance. Wade reveals his thoughts on fatherhood, detailing his personal experiences as a parent, and tracing his transformation from being the child of a single parent to now serving as one himself. Books will be sold at the Central Library.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Children’s Author Vincent Wolf: Do Your Best and Forget the Rest
    Tuesday, September 11.10:30 a.m.
    A fun rhyming bedtime story book. That inspires children to learn the value of keeping a positive attitude through all of life’s ups and downs. Ages 4-6.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Children’s Author: Lisa McNeil, When Noah Grows Up
    Tuesday, September 11. 11:00 a.m.
    Children will listen to a reading of When Noah Grows Up by children’s author, Lisa McNeil.
    Ages 3-7. Reservation required for groups.
    College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
    For information call 404.762.4060

    Film Festival: 2012 Black Lenses, Black Voices
    Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16. 12:00 p.m.
    Presented by the Friends of the AARL, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host the Black Lenses, Black Voices film festival, which offers an eclectic mix of independent, national and local films that focus on the global black experience and celebrates the artistic vision and talents of filmmakers of color.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Author Talk and Book Signing: Aundrea Dumas, The House That Cooks Love Too
    Saturday, September 15. 2:00 p.m.
    Author and cooking show judge Aundrea Dumas will discuss and sign her book of recipes and stories. There will also be a cooking demonstration.
    Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331
    For information call 404.699.6363

    Dreams Still Deferred: Contemporary Lynchings in Post-Racial America
    Monday, September 17– Sunday, October 29. Library hours.
    This exhibit, renowned Atlanta artist Janine Monroe, is a provocative examination of historical racial violence and its contemporary manifestations in the current American socio-political landscape.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Hispanic Heritage Film Fest
    Wednesday, September 19. 5:30 p.m.
    The Bronze Screen (2002, 90 min.) Documentary about the presence of Latin American culture and actors in American movies.
    Wednesday, September 26. 5:30 p.m.
    My Family (1995, 128 min.) Traces over three generations an immigrant family’s trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Author Talk and Book Signing: Dr. Lakesia D Johnson, ICONIC: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman
    Thursday, September 20. 7:00 p.m.
    Dr. Lakesia D. Johnson will discuss her latest publication, ICONIC: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman. The book chronicles how revolutionary black women have taken control of their own imaging, despite consistent negative characterizations throughout the media. With ingenuity, fortitude and focus on the greater good, these revolutionary women transformed the cultural images of themselves, and simultaneously, the images of American black women as a whole. *Dr. Johnson will appear via Skype from the Grinnell College campus in Grinnell, Iowa.*
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Community Conversation: An African American Man of Letters: The Intellectual Legacy of Scholar and Poet Dr. Keith E. Baird
    Saturday, September 22. 4:00 p.m.
    This event will be a community conversation with renowned poet and scholar Dr. Keith E. Baird and focus on his artistic and scholarly legacy that spans over 40 years. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Keith E. Baird’s daughter Dr. Diana Baird N’Diaye, the Folklife Curator and Cultural Heritage Specialist at The Smithsonian Institution.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Convergence: Sistagraphy ACP Exhibition
    Exhibition Dates: September 24–October 26. Library hours.
    First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception, Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Sistagraphy Sunday Opening Reception, Sunday, October 7, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    A photography exhibition presented by members of the African-American women’s photography group Sistagraphy, as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012.
    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
    For information call 404.730.1941

    Children’s Author: Juliette Goldston
    Tuesday, September 25. 11:00 a.m.
    Children’s will listen to author Juliette Goldston read her book Bowtie Brownlee Goes to School. Ages 3-6. Reservations required for groups.
    College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
    For information call 404.762.4060

    8th Annual AAC Photography Exhibition
    Friday, September 28 – Thursday, November 1. Library hours.
    Reception: Saturday, October 6. 2:00-6:00 p.m.
    The Atlanta Art Center presents an exhibition of photography. Adults.
    Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
    For information call 404.814.3500

    Slavery by Another Name: Painting and Assemblages by Robert Claiborne Morris
    Art Exhibit
    Sunday, September 30, 2012 – Sunday, October 28. Library hours.
    NBAF (presenters of the National Black Arts Festival) presents, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, the fine art exhibition Slavery by Another Name. This work is inspired by Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to the World War II. Robert Claiborne Morris showcases a collection of mixed media artwork created to awaken complex emotions and promote reconciliation. Incorporated in Morris’ works are portraits of the re-enslaved, maps of the slave mines, courageous articles and images published by the Atlanta Constitution, blood money, letters to the Department of Justice pleading for mercy and implements of bondage and torture ranging from words to ropes, locks and chains.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance, Community Lecture Facilitated by Dr. Ayanna Thompson
    Sunday, September 30. 3:00 p.m.
    NBAF (presenters of the National Black Arts Festival), in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Dr. Ayanna Thompson, the Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Arizona State University, who will facilitate the community lecture “Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance.” This lecture will examine the history of adaptations and reconsiderations of Macbeth and how contemporary performances of one of the most ubiquitous Shakespearean tragedies have engaged issues of race.
    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503
    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

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