BOOK ’EM

Local and international authors converge for 16 days of literary thrills.

Co-chairs Deborah Jacobs (left) and Dee Kline oversee more than 200 volunteers working on this year’s festival.

Co-chairs Deborah Jacobs (left) and Dee Kline oversee more than 200 volunteers working on this year’s festival.

Dee Kline describes herself as an avowed book lover who has been enraptured by reading since she was 4 years […]

A FORAY IN FILM

UGA student and Buckhead native eyes career as a producer.

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As Rachel Beavers entered her sophomore year of college at the University of Georgia, she looked into her future and didn’t like what she saw. She’d been studying accounting but realized she’d be “absolutely miserable” in that field. She promptly changed her major to something that seemed more alluring.

Now a senior, Beavers, who grew up in […]

MBA? ME? TOTALLY.

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Comedian turned author offers semi-serious tips about going back to school.

From the outset, Paul Ollinger admits he’s “very pro-MBA because of what it did for me—despite the fact that I’m now a struggling comic.” What the degree did was convince the Brookhaven resident that he had a future in stand-up.

“I finished Dartmouth’s MBA program in 1997, seeking a better job so I could make more […]

BRANDING A NETWORK

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PR exec moves south to oversee Turner communications

James Anderson always knew he wanted to wind up in arts and entertainment. He wasn’t sure in what capacity, but he knew it was his calling. Now as an adult, he’s found his footing as an executive at Turner Broadcasting, overseeing the network’s communications.

His initial interest was the stage. After growing up in Baltimore, Anderson attended Dennison College […]

THE EYES HAVE IT

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Portrait painting is a niche art form for this local society.

For Denise Jennings, painting a portrait requires a concentrated attention to detail unlike other art forms. The Sandy Springs resident and former art curriculum coordinator for the Fulton County Schools puts it this way: “If you’re painting a vase, so what if you make it a little narrower than it really is? But if you’re […]

CHOOSING PERFECT PLAYERS

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Alliance Theatre casting director has an eye for talent!

Her face may not be familiar, but anyone who’s seen a play at the Alliance Theatre is familiar with the work of Jody Feldman.

As the theater’s longtime casting director and producer, the Sandy Springs resident brings precision to each show she works on, finding appropriate actors for all parts. And she loves her job.

Growing up in Brewton, […]

INTERIOR DESIGN DECODED

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Celeb designer Vern Yip crams his first book with insider tips for the DIY set.

Do you have more pictures leaning up against the baseboards instead of hanging from the walls because you never know how high they should be? Have you put off repainting because the thought of selecting a color scheme terrifies you? Are the wood floors still bare because rug sizing paralyzes you?

“Yes” […]

FRENCH ART INVADES PHIPPS

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Brenda Fannin trades a corporate career to bring a touch of France to Buckhead.

Growing up in New York in the 1970s, Brenda Fannin made fond memories on Sunday afternoons, meandering with her mother through the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Until she left for college, the routine was the same: church, brunch, art.

“I grew up fully immersed in fine arts and performing arts, but in those […]

A LIFE OF MUSIC

World Record holder Jane Little dedicated 71 years to orchestra.

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She would, perhaps, have had it no other way. While performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in May, something she’d done for more than seven decades, 87-year-old Jane Little collapsed on stage and later that day passed away. She was a beloved ASO member whose commitment to music earned her a Guinness […]

A PHOTO LEGACY

Co-authors uncover the man behind the National Park Service lens.

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The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and special events are happening across the country to mark the milestone. One Brookhaven couple will be closely involved in many of those activities as they travel around the country with their latest book, Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First […]