Storytellers

City Lights
2:05 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Atlanta Author Recalls Italian Baseball-Playing Honeymoon

Atlanta author and novelist Charles McNair is the books editor for Paste magazine.
Credit Courtesy of charlesmcnairauthor.com

 

Charles McNair is an Atlanta-based author whose 1994 novel, “Land O’Goshen,” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

His penchant for storytelling took a most creative turn when he recounted an incident on his 1979 honeymoon that had him playing for an Italian baseball team.

In this installment of "Storytellers" for “City Lights,” McNair unfolds the tale of his time with the Verona Arsenal club – his “baseball band of brothers” who played the game with “amore.”

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Storytellers
11:06 am
Wed April 8, 2015

A Gentleman of Verona

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Charles McNair is a fiction and Atlanta business writer as well as a contributor for Paste Magazine.

His second novel, "Pickett's Charge," launched at the 2013 Decatur Book Festival. 

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Storytellers
10:23 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Hell is a City Much Like Newark

Credit Photo courtesy Rachel Trignano

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Rachel Trignano is an Atlanta-based writer. Her work has appeared in Loose Change Magazine and in Chorus—a poetry anthology edited by Saul Williams.

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Storytellers
11:28 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hit Those Chickens

Shannon Turner

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” – short stories, essays, and poems from metro Atlantans.

In this installment, we have a story of love. Sometimes, romantic dreams serve us well. But sometimes, we need to leave them behind in order to move on with life. Storyteller Shannon Turner picks it up from there.

In 2013, Buffalo Mountain United Methodist Camp -- the camp that Shannon Turner describes in her story -- was nearly devastated by a flash flood.

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Storytellers
12:30 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Are You A Reindeer? Living Out My Sci-Fi Mall Fantasy In Woolworth’s

A 12-year-old Jack Walsh at Christmas time.
Credit Courtesy of Jack Walsh.

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Picture a shopping mall around the holidays. Christmas music plays from every speaker, decorations fill the window displays and crowds of holiday shoppers rush in and out of stores.

When Jack Walsh looked at this scene as a young teenager, he saw something more than holiday consumerism. For him, the suburban mallscape was a setting for a sci-fi adventure. 

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Storytellers
12:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Washing Your Hair in a Truck Stop Sink

Laura Relyea

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Laura Relyea is Editor and Vicereine at Vouched Books, which reviews and distributes small press publications.

Before doing that, though, Relyea toured the country as a member of a folk band. As with many independent musicians, they relied on audience members for a guest room, a couch, or a floor to sleep on.

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Storytellers
12:45 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

"On the Outside of an Inside Joke"

Chris Alonzo
Credit Chris Alonzo

This is an installment of our “Storytellers” series–personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Chris Alonzo is a storyteller, playwright and musician. When Chris’s family spoke about his late Grandfather Patricio, the stories were always bad. To his horror, as he got older, Chris’s relatives revealed that he was just like Patricio. In this story he talks about dealing with what he’s inherited

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Storytellers
12:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Golden Ride

Jonah McDonald

When Jonah McDonald announced that he was going to walk from Maine to Atlanta, his parents scratched their heads. “But think of the stories I’ll have to tell!” Jonah said. 

He proceeded to hike all 2,100-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail, and hasn’t stopped moving since.

For this installment of our Storytellers series, we invited Jonah McDonald in to tell a story about his hike that he calls "The Golden Ride."

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Storytellers
12:14 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How Buckhead Got Its Name

Sam Massell. Note the buck's head lapel pin.
Credit Sam Massell

Sam Massell was born on August 26, 1927 in Atlanta, but he likes to point out that he has only lived in Buckhead for 61 years.

One thing most people notice about him right away is that he wears a prominently displayed lapel pin, in the shape of a buck’s head.

For this installment of our Storytellers series, we invited Sam Massell in to tell a story that he knows well, in relation to that lapel pin.

How did the town of Buckhead get its name?

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Storytellers
12:53 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

"Someone Did Once Sell Eggs When They Were Dead"

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

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Storytellers
12:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Morels

Randy Osborne

Here's the first installment of a new occasional series, “Storytellers," This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” – short stories, essays, and poems from metro Atlantans. 

Randy Osborne co-runs Carapace, a monthly gathering live storytelling without notes in Midtown Atlanta. We asked him to share a story about springtime, and he told us this quiet, thoughtfully-paced tale of surprising connections with family and strangers—and the bonds that exist beneath the surface.  

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