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Sweet Auburn Bread Co. chef to host book signing

Sweet Auburn Bread Co. chef to host book signing

ATLANTA -- Sweet Auburn Bread Company Chef Sonya Jones will host a book signing at Barnes & Noble @ Emory in December.

Jones will discuss and sign copies of Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's Little Bakery That Could at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Delicious treats from the popular bakery will be provided at the signing.

Jones studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., before returning to Atlanta to open Sweet Auburn Bread Company. Sweet Auburn Desserts teaches cooks to prepare such dishes as Sweet Potato Cheesecake (a favorite of President Bill Clinton), Blackberry Jam Jellyroll Cake and Peanut Butter Pound Cake.

Barnes & Noble @ Emory is located at 1390 Oxford Road.

Rushdie discusses books, life with Atlanta Press Club

Rushdie discusses books, life with Atlanta Press Club

ATLANTA -- Salman Rushdie says he's pleased that readers of his novel, The Satanic Verses, are beginning to consider it "in the world of books" and not just "the world of scandal and politics."

Rushdie spoke with the Atlanta Press Club on Monday about how young readers have the chance to consider it as a literary work. They weren't around when the 1988 book was declared blasphemous by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, who called for Rushdie's death.

His recent memoir, Joseph Anton, details the years after that he spent in hiding.

Rushdie also teaches at Emory University and talked about how he chose the pseudonym "Joseph Anton" during the fatwa.

He says it was a mash-up of authors Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov, who represented the underground world he was living in and the isolation.

Ice Cube talks Atlanta-based show

We caught up with Gangsta Rapper turned Actor/Producer and talked new music and sitcom filmed right here in Atlanta! Don't miss the inspiring advice he gives for you!

Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

ATLANTA -- Joseph Crespino, a historian at Emory University and author of Strom Thurmond's America, will give a lecture at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Crespino will discuss Thurmond's rise to power and how his actions in the 1950s and 1960s led to the current rise of the Southern Republican movement.

According to a release from A Capella Books, which will sponsor Crespino's appearance:

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

DECATUR, Ga. -- Tickets are currently on sale for the keynote address of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

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Natasha Tretheway will be this year's speaker. She is the current U.S. Poet Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor at Emory University.

Tretheway's address will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be picked up at Emory's box office, Little Shop of Stories, Eagle Eye Bookshop and Charis Books & More in Little Five Points.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Do You Have a Green Thumb?

Do You Have a Green Thumb?

Want to learn the core principles of landscape design? Check out the Emory University Certificate in Landscape Design program. Eric King, ASLA, and Holly Brooks, who are local landscape professionals, teach students over the course of a year how to design a functional, beautiful landscape that gets better as it ages.

"People learn the basics of hardscaping, how to conduct a site analysis, and how to develop a design that fits that site and makes the homeowner happy," said Eric King, King Landscaping. "They also learn the basics of what would be needed to actually install the plan. That way they have a sense of cost and understand the complications that might come up during the installation."

King said 60-80 percent of the students are considering a career in landscape design. The remainder are there for personal enrichment. The male to female ratio is evenly split, and all ages are represented.