You probably wouldn’t imagine a rock star wearing a tidy red polo shirt. You also probably wouldn’t imagine one quietly sitting over a cup of tea in Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Room, his pale blue eyes catching the light. Spotting him at the warm wooden table, you might guess he is a college professor, or a devoted dad, or a novelist. And he, Peter McDade, is all three.
Writing is a winding journey with twists and turns, ups and downs, periods of creativity and blockage. But most of all, it is personal; it’s an individual act that is different for all writers. Chris Martin, a newly published author and English teacher from Lawrenceville, knows this all too well.
Denene Millner, the doting mother of two daughters, was weary of the selection of books marketed to parents of African-American children.
We meet at the man’s home, Man’s home, as it is Man Martin’s home where we meet. This is a modest-looking ranch-style house, three bedrooms, with an ample yard that includes a chicken coop and a sprouting garden in the north Atlanta neighborhood of Dunwoody. I arrive with dual purpose: to fulfill the interview portion for this profile, and to help Man Martin achieve a new clothing look for his latest novel’s release, said novel being The Lemon Jello-O Syndrome, out now from Unbridled Books.
When Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper, 264 pp), was published last summer, no one anticipated its future as a literary juggernaut, nevermind the basis for Ron Howard’s next feature film.
Jorie Graham has always been invested in humanity’s conflict with the natural. From her first work in 1980, Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts, up through her Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for Dream of the Unified Field, through the new century in Overlord and Sea Change, Graham has consistently kept score of the goings on in the push and pull of humanity’s work on planet Earth.
Eleanor Davis is an award-winning cartoonist who lives in Athens, Georgia. Her fourth book is You & a Bike & a Road (Koyoma Press), a journal of her recent attempt to bicycle across most of the South, from Arizona back to her home. ArtsATL talked to Davis about lessons of the trip, how they’re conveyed through ink drawings, and what to read while traveling across the country.