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Have you ever picked up a book, started reading and found that you simply couldn’t keep reading? Whether it is boring, full of jargon or just not your taste, sometimes a book cannot manage to keep your interest.

For best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson, it tends to be Russian novels.

“I can’t take even one more gentile female suicide caused by all those sad 'lady feelings' none of us weak-willed double-X’s can seem to manage in nineteenth-century Russia,” she says.

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Every time a child goes to their parents for help, it has something to do with money. Kids tend to get their allowances from their parents when they are doing chores for them or when they are on their best behavior, but what happens when the allowance runs out and the child doesn't have any money to put into their savings? 

That's the time when you bring in a young financial expert to the forefront to talk about ways to maintain economic responsibility.

Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer pose with Aisha Saeed, author of "Written In The Stars" and co-founder of
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When school lets out for the summer, many students still have homework in the form of summer reading lists.

If an Atlanta author has her way, young people will have a much broader choice of reading material, including stories about children of color, children with special needs, and young people who speak different languages.

Writer Aisha Saeed is also cofounder of the group We Need Diverse Books. The organization was formed by a group of authors to address what they saw as a lack of diversity in reading material for children.

Jim Stacy with Lois Reitzes.
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  Corn dogs, milkshakes, and, of course, books.

Many Atlantans know Jim Stacy for his vociferous passion for the first two of the above, but it turns out that the owner of the corn-dog restaurant and food truck Palookaville, is also a ravenous reader.

Here, the red-bearded, tattooed host of PBA-30’s Get Delicious! talks monsters, chocolate and vinegar-soaked Southern Gothicism with WABE’s Lois Reitzes, starting with the tale of a boy who goes on a very strange adventure—or actually, two such tales.

Lit'cast, Episode 5

Jul 3, 2014

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: A look ahead at a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like. Also, a story recorded at the True Story! reading series from Rachael Maddux about finding your first love at the circus. Maddux is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Oxford American, Slate, The Believer and elsewhere.

Lit'cast, Episode 4

Jun 27, 2014

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: It remains, as ever, a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops, open mics and more. Plus, a story from Johnny Drago, playwright of “Trash” and “Kiss of the Vampire,” a MINT Leap Year artist, and first place winner of Creative Loafing’s 2012 Fiction Contest.

Lit'cast, Episode 3

Jun 20, 2014

This week in WABE’s Lit’cast: A story from Carleigh Knight and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, and all that good stuff which is making Atlanta a bustling hub of creativity.

Atlanta Literary Events, June 22-30

Sunday, June 22

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Soon, Georgia students will leave school for the summer. Thursday, State Superintendent John Barge unveiled a new initiative to keep kids reading throughout the break.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a web-based program that matches students and books. Parents can enter information about their children and get a list of suggested books. Dr. Barge said that’s especially important for students who come from low-income homes.

Books Again in Decatur

  Metro Atlanta is losing another independent bookseller. Books Again will close its doors in downtown Decatur by the end of the year.

Jim Adams already had one career under his belt -- 30 years as a traveling salesman -- when he opened Books Again in 2001.

“I think I enjoyed this more. But this was harder," says Adams, who laughs when he adds, "If you’ve not been up into somebody’s attic in the middle of the summer taking books out, you haven’t lived.”

Lewis Named Keynote Speaker for Book Festival

Jun 19, 2013

John Lewis is named the keynote speaker at the Eighth Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival.

His new book is called "March."

"It's the first in a series of three.  And it is a graphical description of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights," says Philip Rafshoon, the festival's program director.

The festival is set for August 30 through September 1.   

Mayor's Summer Reading Club

Jun 3, 2013

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed kicked off his summer reading initiative over the weekend at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The program is meant to tie in with First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's read, Let's move" initiative. 

Combating Africa's Book Famine

Mar 22, 2013

Books for Africa began collecting and shipping school books to nations in Africa from a warehouse in St. Paul, Minnesota 25 years ago.  

Now with a warehouse in Smyrna, Georgia, BFA is the world's largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent.

Here, Brad Mattson, Development and Operations officer with the non-profit, talks with WABE's Steve Goss.

Library Girl

Jun 14, 2012

Ten-year old Ariah Bashir's favorite sounds in Atlanta are the very quiet sounds at the Atlanta-Fulton Library's West End Branch. While a number of her favorite reads have been turned into movies, Ariah says she enjoys the books much better. Aside from reading, she plays violin and is a competition swimmer.