National Book Award Winner & New Yorker Staffer Bring New Books to Atlanta
Colum McCann

Fresh off the rowsing success of Rachel Maddow's sold-out appearance at Atlanta Symphony Hall last month, Atlanta's A Cappella Books and the AJC-Decatur Book Festival are teaming up again this summer to present two more major author events.

On Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Colum McCann appears at the Carter Center to read from, discuss and sign copies of his first novel since winning the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin. McCann's new novel is TransAtlantic.

On Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m., also at the Carter Center, George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker, presents his latest book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.   


Tickets are required for both events. Tickets are free with the purchase of the book ($29 for each) or $10 without. Advanced tickets are available online at or at A Cappella Books,
in Inman Park, 208 Haralson Ave NE (at the corner of Dekalb Avenue). If still available, tickets will also be on sale at the door on the night of each event. For more information about tickets, please call A Cappella Books, (404) 681-5128.

The judges who awarded McCann the National Book Award called his previous nov
George Packer
el  a "remarkable literary work [...] a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it." At the book's beginning "the people of New York city stand breathless and overwhelmed as a great artist dazzles them in a realm that seemed impossible until that moment; Colum McCann does the same thing in this novel, leaving the reader just as stunned as the New Yorkers, just as moved and just as grateful". His new novel ties together a series of narratives that span 150 years and two continents
in an outstanding act of literary bravura.

Packer has been called "a modern-day George Orwell," and in its starred review Publishers Weekly wrote about his new book, "Packer has a keen eye for the big story in the small moment, writing about our fraying social fabric with talent that matches his dismay."

About the upcoming events, Daren Wang, Executive Director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, said "A Cappella Books continues to bring some of the most important writers in the country to Atlanta, and we're thrilled to work with them on both of the fantastic events."

The seven year old AJC Decatur Book Festival, held Labor Day Weekend on the square in downtown Decatur, GA,  is the fourth largest book festival and the largest independent book festival in America.