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Georgia Author of the Year Awards | Essay nominees

Georgia Author of the Year Awards | Essay nominees

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The nominees for the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Awards have been announced.

More than 100 authors have been nominated in 12 categories, including Short Stories, which is a new addition in 2012.

Two local writers will face off to take home the top prize in the Essay category:

Sandy Weaver Carman
The Original MBA -- Succeed in Business Using Mom's Best Advice
An East Cobb-based speaker and writer, Carman has done theater and voice-over work throughout her career. She based her essay on the moments where some of life's most important lessons "sank in" for her.

Megan Volpert
Sonics in Warholia
Volpert channels her love of poetry, rhetoric and rock 'n' roll into everything she does. This Chicago native is also an English teacher at Roswell High School.

Holocaust survivor to share memories, message of hope

Holocaust survivor to share memories, message of hope

ROSWELL, Ga. -- In 1942, Bert Lewyn witnessed the arrest and deportation of his Jewish parents by the Gestapo. The then-18-year-old was forced to work in a weapons factory in Nazi Germany.

Now, Lewyn is coming to Roswell to share his memories of fear, escape and a courageous struggle to survive underground.

On the Run in Nazi Berlin is a memoir co-written by Lewyn and his daughter-in-law, Bev Saltzman. They will discuss the book at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Temple Kehillat Chaim in Roswell.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, contact Nancy Rose at nnrose@comcast.net.

Temple Kehillat Chaim is located at 1145 Green Street. For more information, visit kehillatchaim.org.

LOCAL PROFILE: Steve Stoute, founder of Transition

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Recently, Steve Stoute stopped by Spelman College to chat about his revolutionary take on the marketing world and a concept he calls “tanning”. Stoute started off as a road manager for hip-hop group Kid 'n Play and has since founded his own marketing firm, helped coin the McDonald's theme song and created his own firm, Translation LLC.

He has consulted for many of the top names in the music business and, a number of Fortune 500 companies, and he stopped by Spelman College to spread the word about his new book, “The Tanning of America”, which explains his theory on the redefinition of marketing. 

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.


October is Arts & Humanities Month

October is Arts & Humanities Month

ROSWELL, Ga. -- With Roswell's rich cultural and arts programs, it's only fitting that the city dedicate an entire month to highlighting all its offerings.

On Monday, Oct. 10, Mayor Jere Wood will declare October as National Arts & Humanities Month during the city council meeting.

Highlights of Roswell's activities and programs in October include:

* Munch N Learn at Barrington Hall
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31
535 Barrington Drive

* Smith Plantation's 20th Anniversary Celebration
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15
935 Alpharetta Street

* Mummy Wrap at the Roswell Library
Thursday, Oct.

'Atlanta Art Lives Here' campaign to give face to local arts

'Atlanta Art Lives Here' campaign to give face to local arts

ATLANTA -- More than 20 Metro Atlanta arts organizations have launched a unique collaboration to increase interest in the area's robust arts and culture offerings.

Dubbed "Atlanta Art Lives Here," the campaign uses local arts trivia and branding images to educate North Georgians about their many opportunities to enjoy the arts. It is funded competely by the participating organizations and spearheaded by Atlanta PlanIt, a service of Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

"Arts organizations are experiencing new and unique funding challenges," Nicole Jones, editor of Atlanta PlanIt, said in a statement.