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March 25, 2014

Award-Winning Author Samuel G. Freedman to Visit Gwinnett County

Georgia Gwinnett College’s Department of Student Involvement and the GGC Student Center, in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Library system present Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, Columbia University professor, and New York Times columnist.  He will discuss his books: “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights”, National Book Award finalist “Small Victories”, Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Inheritance, How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond” and his other books at 2 p.m. March 25th on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus.

His is newest book “Breaking the Line” shares the story of the historic battle for the 1967 black college football championship. In the novel, Freedman writes about two African-American coaches, Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University and Jake Gaither of Florida A&M University, and two African-American quarterbacks, James Harris and Ken Riley. These four individuals helped integrate the South’s segregated colleges. They also redefined the roles of NFL quarterback, head coach and franchise general manager.

Freedman is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He writes the column, “On Religion,” for the New York Times and has contributed to several other publications, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and USA Today.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the LVIS Room in the Student Center. Ample free parking is available at dorm building 3000B on Lonnie Havel Boulevard in Lawrenceville.

For more information:
getinvlved@ggc.edu
770-978-5145
www.gwinnettpl.org

Start: March 25, 2014 2:00 pm
End: March 25, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Georgia Gwinnett College Campus
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1000 University Center Ln, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

February 25, 2014

Live via Facebook! Meet the Author Series with Author April Smith

Gwinnett County Public Library in Partnership with Random House Publishing and Chase Emerson Memorial Library of Deer Isle Maine presents:  A Meet the Author Series Event with author April Smith.

Live via Facebook!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00pm.
www.facebook.com/GwinnettLibrary

Join in the discussion about the book, the Gold Star Mothers and Deer Isle.

An emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel set in the 1930s about five American women — Gold Star Mothers — who travel to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways.

The women meet for the first time just before their journey begins: Katie, an Irish maid from Dorchester, Massachusetts; Minnie, wife of an immigrant Russian Jewish chicken farmer; Bobbie, a wealthy Boston socialite; Wilhelmina, a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and Cora Blake, a single mother and librarian from coastal Maine.

In Paris, Cora meets a journalist whose drug habit helps him hide from his own wartime fate — facial wounds so grievous he’s forced to wear a metal mask.  This man will change Cora’s life in wholly unexpected ways. And when the women finally travel to Verdun to visit the battlegrounds where their sons fought as well as the cemeteries where they are buried, shocking events — a death, a scandal, a secret revealed — will guarantee that Cora’s life and those of her traveling companions will become inextricably intertwined.  Only now will they be able to emerge from their grief and return home to their loved ones.  This is a timeless story set against a footnote of history: little known but unforgettable.

April Smith is the author of North of Montana; Be the One; Good Morning, Killer; Judas Horse; and White Shotgun. She is also a television screenwriter and producer, whose most recent work was a TNT original movie based on Good Morning, Killer. She lives in Santa Monica.

Start: February 25, 2014 7:00 pm
End: February 25, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Facebook - Gwinnett Library
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January 27, 2014

Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library – New Chapter Open House

To better serve the needs of library patrons in the communities that surround the fifteen branches, FOGL has announced the formation of our second regional chapter of the group. The South Central Gwinnett Chapter of The Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library will support all of FOGL’s countywide initiatives and programs but will also focus on the needs of the branches and patrons who live in the Five Forks, Lilburn and Mountain Park areas. They will host events, fundraisers and projects that benefit FOGL as a whole and the Five Forks, Lilburn and Mountain Park branches in particular.

Members promote library advocacy and raise funds to support the library system’s cultural, artistic and literary events such as the award winning annual Fall into the Arts series of free programs, Gwinnett Reads, the annual countywide adult reading program, and the enormously successful children’s Summer Reading Program.

The South Central Chapter will host an open-house and new member drive on Monday, January 27th from 6:30pm-8pm at the Five Forks branch.  Please join us to learn more about FOGL.  And, thank you for your support!

Start: January 27, 2014 6:30 pm
End: January 27, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Five Forks Branch
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2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30044-5865

December 13, 2013

CHEF & COOKBOOK AUTHOR CHRISTY JORDAN VISITS SUWANEE BRANCH OF GCPL

Come Home to Supper book cover

CHEF & COOKBOOK AUTHOR CHRISTY JORDAN VISITS SUWANEE BRANCH OF GCPL

(SUWANEE, Ga., Dec. 3, 2013) — Christy Jordan, cookbook author, blogger, and the South’s favorite home cook, will share complete menus to help readers plan family meals at the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Her book, Come Home to Supper, and website, www.southernplate.com, offer tips and real-life solutions for getting a delicious and affordable supper on the table every night. This book talk and signing will take place on Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Come Home to Supper reflects the reality of today’s family schedules, gathering more than 200 deeply satisfying dishes that are budget-conscious, kid-friendly, and quick to make. These are the everyday meals that Christy most loves to cook and her family most loves to eat, and she serves them up with generous helpings of her folksy wisdom, gratitude, and lively stories. Many of the recipes make ingenious use of the slow cooker or a single pot or skillet, and they all use easily found supermarket ingredients.

Christy Jordan is the publisher of SouthernPlate.com, a contributing editor to Taste of the South magazine, former editor-at-large at Southern Living, and a judge on the Game Show Network’s Beat the Chefs. She’s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, QVC, and a host of other media outlets. She lives with her family in Huntsville, Alabama.

This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. The Suwanee branch is located at 361 Main Street Suwanee, Ga. Please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or www.friendsgcpl.org to learn more about this and other library events, or find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Start: December 13, 2013
End: December 13, 2013

December 2, 2013

Elf on the Shelf Author Chanda Bell To Appear At Barnes and Noble Fundraiser To Benefit The Friends of the Gwinnett County Library System

Elf on the Shelf poster

Elf on the Shelf Author Chanda Bell To Appear At Barnes and Noble Fundraiser To Benefit The Friends of the Gwinnett County Library System

Bestselling children’s author and co-creator of the wildly popular Elf on a Shelf books and movie will partner with the Friends of the Gwinnett County Library to host a very special story time and book signing at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Peachtree Corners.  Listen to Chanda read her newest Elf book, have your picture taken with Chanda and the Elf, enjoy special elf coloring sheets and games, and have your book signed!

When customers specifically mention the library while checking out at the Barnes and Noble store and café any time that day, the store will donate a percentage of that sale to the Friends of the Library to support their literacy projects and initiatives.

Chanda Bell, a former reading and English teacher, is the co-author (with her mom, Carol) of The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition and the new sequel, The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition. In 2011, The Elf on the Shelf® came to life as an animated special. An Elf’s Story™ debuted on CBS, boasting a combined viewing audience of almost 10 million people. Bell co-founded Big Canoe Entertainment-the production company that produced the special-and served as one of the executive producers on the project.  She co-wrote the script and penned the lyrics to one of the musical numbers.

The book talk and signing will take place on December 8, 2013 at 2pm at the Barnes and Noble bookstore located at 5141 Peachtree Pkwy in Peachtree Corners, Ga. For more information about ways to support the library and other library events, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org, call 770-978-5154, text (770) 450- 5305, or visit the Friends website at www.friendsgcpl.org/join to join the Friends.

Start: December 2, 2013
End: December 10, 2013

November 4, 2013

Fall Into The Arts – Gwinnett Reads Keynote Speaker Lisa Scottoline

Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to announce Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline as this year’s Gwinnett Reads author and keynote speaker for Fall Into The Arts 2013. Scottoline has over 30 million books in print and is published in more than 35 countries.  Her next novel, Accused, will be released on October 29, 2013.  This event will take place on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center at 7:00 PM.  Book sales begin at 6:30 PM.  Light refreshments will be served and music will be provided by Joyce Parks, director of the B.J. Chorale.

Seats at events are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Through generous community support and partnerships, all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  Updates about the Gwinnett Reads and Fall Into The Arts programs can be found at www.gwinnettfallintothearts.org.  For more information about the library find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, or call 770.978.5154.

Start: November 4, 2013 7:00 pm
End: November 4, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center
Address:
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10 College Street, Norcross, GA, United States, 30071

October 16, 2013

GCPL Invites you to meet author Stuart Woods

New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods will return to Gwinnett as part of his national tour to promote his newest novel Doing Hard Time.

Fans are invited to attend a book discussion and signing at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

An amazingly prolific author, Stuart Woods has written dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with four successful series. His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991’s New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998’s Orchid Beach.

Meet the Author events are special opportunities hosted by the library for fans and avid readers to share in the experience of meeting prolific, bestselling, and/or award winning authors and to enjoy meaningful discussions about their works and the publishing process.

This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. The Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center is located at 10 College Street in Norcross, GA 30071. Please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or www.friendsgcpl.org to learn more about this and other library events, or find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Start: October 16, 2013
End: October 16, 2013
Venue: Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center
Address:
10 College street, NW, Norcross, GA, United States, 30071
Cost: FREE

October 13, 2013

Teen Read Week Writing Contest at GCPL

Start: October 13, 2013
End: October 19, 2013

October 8, 2013

Meet the Author – Sonia Nazario

Meet the Author - Sonia Nazario

Pulitzer Prize Winner Sonia Nazario to visit Gwinnett as Part of Library’s Meet the Author Series

Norcross, GA – November 6, 2013

Pulitzer Prize Winner Sonia Nazario will be discussing her distinguished bestselling book, Enrique’s Journey, recently adapted for young adult readers, as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author series. The book discussion and signing will take place at Norcross High School on November 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

About the Author

Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She has won numerous national journalism and book awards, tackling some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, and immigration.  The 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing was awarded to Nazario for Enrique’s Journey, her ‘touching, exhaustively reported story of a Honduran boy’s perilous search for his mother who had migrated to the United States.’

Meet the Author events are special opportunities hosted by the library for fans and avid readers to share in the experience of meeting prolific, bestselling, and/or award winning authors to enjoy meaningful discussions about their works and the publishing process.

This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. Norcross High School is located at 5300 Spalding Dr, Norcross, GA 30092. Please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or  Friends of the GCPL to learn more about this and other library events, or find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Start: October 8, 2013
End: November 16, 2013
Venue: Norcross High School
Phone: 770-978-5154
Address:
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5300 Spalding Dr, Norcross, GA, United States, 30092

October 5, 2013

Fall into the Arts – Marshall Chapman Performance & Book Signing

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and author Marshall Chapman will perform in concert on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Eddie Owen Presents @ Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.  Chapman has released thirteen albums, the latest being Blaze of Glory (May 2013).  Her songs have been recorded by many well-known artists, including Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett.  Chapman is also the author of the Southern Books Critics Circle Award finalist Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller.  Books will be for sale and signing following the concert.  Doors open at 1:00 PM; the concert begins at 2:00 PM.  The first 100 guests are free.  Additional tickets will be on sale at the door for $18.

Seats at events are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Through generous community support and partnerships, all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  Updates about the Gwinnett Reads and Fall Into The Arts programs can be found at www.gwinnettfallintothearts.org.  For more information about the library find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, or call 770.978.5154.

Start: October 5, 2013 1:00 pm
End: October 5, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: Eddie Owen Presents @ Red Clay Theatre
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3116 Main St, Duluth, GA, United States, 30096