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Popular Authors Coming to Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, GA -- Throughout the month of November, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 30338) will host a number of popular and award-winning authors.

It's all part of the 19th annual Book Festival of the MJCCA, which runs from Saturday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 21. The Book Festival has engaging speakers and events for readers of all ages, according to its Web site.

This year, the MJCCA will host Nicole Krauss, best known for her novel The History of Love. Krauss will speak about her new book, Great House, on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Great House consists of four stories that explore the themes of loss, sorrow and recovery. An antiques dealer who is tracking down furniture confiscated by the Nazis is unable to find her father's desk. The stories revolve around the location of this large desk, which resurfaces in many households around the world and tells the stories of its owners, including an American novelist who clings to the memory of a poet who mysteriously disappeared in South America, and an old man in Israel who is dealing with the impending death of his wife of 51 years.

Krauss manages to weave all four of these seemingly unconnected stories together. Great House has been nominated for the National Book Award.

On Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 p.m., bestselling author and Georgia native Pat Conroy will revisit his life of passionate reading in his latest book. With anecdotes from his school days and accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, Conroy acknowledges that books have shaped him, and even kept his sanity at times.

Conroy is the author of Beach Music, The Prince of Tides, South of Broad and My Losing Season. Always a voracious reader, he will share lists of books that particularly influenced him at various stages of his life. He includes his ruminations about reading and books, and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.

Conroy is the keynote speaker for this year's Book Festival. Tickets to the festival can be purchased through the MJCCA.