Week of 29 August 2011
Friday, September 2nd
Have Your Say - Summer Camp Memories
This week we asked about your best summer camp stories.
Here are some of your responses.
Thanks to everyone who phoned in this week to Have Your Say.
Thursday, September 1st
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison talks about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Opera’s Rabbit Tales
The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a children’s opera based on the famed tales of Brer Rabbit—popularized by Joel Chandler Harris—for its 2011-2012 season. And this weekend’s AJC Decatur Book Festival will feature a special presentation about the opera, as well as a sneak peek of some of the songs. We invited Nicole Chamberlain, Madeleine St. Romain and Park Cofield—the composer, librettist and director respectively—into our studios to talk about the project. Nicole started by talking about the genesis of Rabbit Tales.
Wednesday, August 31st
Storytelling at Carapace
Among the many readings taking place at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend, there will be one focused on extemporaneous storytelling. It’s called Carapace and the idea is storytellers take the stage and have five minutes—with no notes—to tell a story. the monthly series’ regular home is Manuel’s Tavern, where WABE’s Myke Johns went to bring back this story. This weekend’s event goes on at Eddie’s Attic.
Four Days At Dragon*Con
Since 1987, Atlanta’s Labor Day weekend has meant one very special thing to fantasy and science fiction fans everywhere: Dragon Con. If you’ve never attended Dragon Con or perhaps never heard of it, WABE’s companion TV station PBA 30 has the perfect introduction for you. It’s a full-length documentary, Four Days at Dragon Con, the creation of two PBA 30 producers, Gordon Ray and Jack Walsh.
The documentary is showing on PBA 30 several times this weekend. Saturday at 11:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am & 8pm. It is also streaming in its entirety online.
Tuesday, August 30th
StoryCorps Atlanta: Donna Roberts & Déja Moss
19-year-old college student Déja Moss has childhood memories that involve tagging along with her mother to the older woman’s college classes. But then it became too hard for Donna Roberts to work full-time and be a single mom. So, she quit school. As Déja and her sister grew older, Donna made a new commitment to start college again, and brought her daughter to StoryCorps to talk about that commitment. Déja started the conversation.
This story was recorded in partnership with C5 Georgia.
Clued in to the DBF Scavenger Hunt
Yesterday, we got an overview of the hundreds of events taking place during this weekend’s AJC Decatur Book Festival. Today, we learn about one way to make this sprawling event a little more manageable. Every year, the organizers plan a scavenger hunt that sends participants on various quests in pursuit of specific Festival activities and sights. This year, they’ve enlisted smart-phone company Sparkfly to create a mobile app that acts as a treasure hunt complete with prizes. Producer Kate Sweeney decided to go on a little hunt of her own in pursuit of Ed Peterson, who works with Sparkfly.
Their conversation began over the phone, as Ed gave Kate a trivia question like the ones used in the actual scavenger hunt—to find him, somewhere in Decatur.
Monday, August 29th
All About the AJC Decatur Book Festival
This Saturday and Sunday, over three hundred authors will descend on the city of Decatur to give readings, speak in panels, host events and otherwise give praise to the art of writing in all its forms. It would be nearly impossible to describe all of it in our allotted time, but that’s never stopped us from trying! WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with the Festival’s Program Director Terra Elan McVoy for an overview.
Local Book Events
Robert Olen Butler at the Jimmy Carter Library: A Small Hotel