Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stare all you like: Friday, Aug. 17th's Stellar Lineup

Dear citizen,
Did you miss the rare solar eclipse that took place this May? Are you crestfallen because you wonder if you'll ever catch a glimpse of such a rare and wonderful convocation of celestial forces again in this lifetime?*  

We're humbled.
We're gratified.
Because the intersection of literary prowess taking the stage on Friday, August 17th for True Story #16 is rare, rare, rare indeed.  An unprecedented four rogue readers will tell their true tales and share their artifacts from the past.  If you come too, this rare and shining night will be all the more astounding!

More on our readers. Yeah, it's impressive.

Melissa Fay GREENE
Melissa Fay Greene is the author of five books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), Last Man Out (2003), There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue her Country’s Children (2006), and No Biking in the House Without A Helmet (2011).
      Her honors include two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, and the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, among others.
      Melissa has contributed to The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Washington PostGood Housekeeping,Readers DigestLifeMSNewsweekThe Wilson QuarterlyParadeRedbookParentingHuffingtonPostSalonTheDailyBeast, and and her books have been translated into 15 languages. She is a 2010 recipient of a doctorate of letters from Emory University and a 2011 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, inspiring her children to ask whether this made her rookie card more valuable.
      A recent New York Times Magazine article, “Wonder Dog,” went viral, becoming the number one most searched and most emailed storyfor the month of February 2012. It has been acquired by Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, and will become a book.

Thomas LAKE
Thomas Lake is the third of Robert and Elizabeth Lake’s six home-schooled children and a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. He spent seven years working for newspapers in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Florida before he caught his big break, in 2008, when Gary Smith helped him get a freelance assignment for Sports Illustrated. That story, “2 on 5,” won the Henry Luce Award for story of the year among all the magazines of Time Incorporated, the nation’s largest magazine publisher. Lake believes in using the techniques of investigative reporting to uncover good deeds and prove people right. He has written about a softball player who carried her injured opponent around the bases, a buzzer-beating three-pointer that actually saved people from a tornado, and the man falsely accused of cutting Michael Jordan from his high school basketball team. Lake graduated from Herkimer County Community College in upstate New York and Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. His work has been anthologized in three editions of the annual Best American Sports Writing collection. As of 2012, he was the youngest senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He lives in Oakhurst, an easy walk from Kavarna. You can follow him on Twitter @thomaslake. In 2011 he told the story of his life in a speech at the chapel of Gordon College. That speech can easily be found on YouTube.
Johnny DRAGO
Johnny Drago is an Atlanta-based writer and performer. In 2011, he won first place in Creative Loafing’s annual Fiction Contest, and his play Kiss of the Vampire at the Process Theatre won the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award for Best Original Work. Other plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Bloomington
Playwrights Project, and the Barter Theatre, among others, and have been finalists for Clubbed Thumb's Biennial Commission and The National Ten-Minute Play Contest/Heideman Award. As New American Junk, he has written, directed, and performed in local productions of Medea: A TragedyBilly Budd: A Portrait in SeamenLittle
Fruitcake's [Non-Specific Winter Holiday] Miracle
Attack of the 6-Foot Vagina, and Buckhead is Burning: A Psycho Serial Soap Opera Freakout Dinner Theater Experiment. Under his pseudonym, Dale Vigor, he is currently completing a collection of queer short stories entitled Masculine Adventures for Men, and looks forward to the upcoming publication of his first co-authored novel, the erotic satire Executive Privilege. Both Johnny and Dale have had the privilege of presenting their work for such local groups as Write Club Atlanta, Syllabus, MondoHomo, The Collective Project, The Drive-By Theatre Project, and HydeATL.

Brian Bannon grew up in Wisconsin, studied music history and theory at the University of Georgia and began writing and performing comedy in Atlanta in the '90s. He was twice a finalist in Creative Loafing's fiction contest and has a self-released comedy album titled Rolling Stephen Hawking Up A Hill. With Bill Taft, he co-hosts monthly shows of music, stories and silent film in the Krog Street Tunnel in celebration of the tunnel's centennial.

See you Friday, 8/17 at 8:00!

*(You might, actually, next November. But remember not to stare straight at it, or risk blindness. True Story readings can be similarly dazzling, but they pose no health threat. Stare all you like.)
(Annular solar eclipse of May 20th, 2012)

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