Event Details

Location: Atlanta, GA

Monday, December 11, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

BB&T Building, Atlantic Station
271 17th Street NW
Atlanta, GA  30363

Pull up a chair to go behind the scenes of one of Atlanta’s most well-known literary curators and award winning writer. Learn how Daren Wang founded one of the largest book festivals in the country and discuss his new book with him.

This is the launch of a community of Cornellians who like to read and discuss books just as much as we did in the classroom. Except, this time, there’s no grade, just intellectual fulfillment.

Our guest, Daren Wang ’89 is the Founding Executive Director of the Decatur Book Festival. Before launching the festival, he had a twenty-year career in public radio, both national and local. Wang has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paste Magazine, and Five Points magazine, among others. The Hidden Light of Northern Fires is his first novel.

The book is about Mary Willis, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. As the countryside is riled by the civil war, intrigue and violence of the brutal war come to town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.

This meeting will also provide the opportunity to select our book for the first quarter and host location. Join us?

For event questions, please contact Julia Levy at levy.julia@gmail.com.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.