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Two inspirational authors holding events this week

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Two inspirational authors holding events this week


Two authors known for their stirring prose will be speaking this week at events hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book.

Authors Patti Digh and Ishmael Beah will be showcasing their latest work.

Author Patti Digh

Author Patti Digh

Digh, the author behind the popular blog 37days.com, will be reading from her new book, “Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be.”

“Using map imagery, Patti offers exercises in journaling and mediation: punctuated with poems and essays as well as stunning illustrations submitted by Patti’s fans and followers from around the globe, all to help us traverse the difficult landscape of grief,” the Center for the Book says.

The event will be held Jan. 21 at 7:15 pm in the Decatur Library Auditorium.

Beah is best known for his memoirs reflecting on his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, “A Long Way Gone.”

In its review of that book, the Washington Post said, “Everyone in the world should read this book. Not just because it contains an amazing story, or because it’s our moral, bleeding-heart duty, or because it’s clearly written. We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human.”

Author Ishmael Beah

Author Ishmael Beah

Beah’s new book is called “Radiance of Tomorrow.”

According to the Georgia Center for the Book, “Radiance” is a parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.

“With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, ‘Radiance of Tomorrow’ is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times,” the Georgia Center for the Book says.

Beah’s book reading will be Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

The Georgia Center for the Book is a Decatur-based nonprofit promoting literacy throughout the state.