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Winter Annual Book Signing Event 02/23/2019

Join Authors Chris Rutledge and Dr. Karcheik Sims Alvarado for discussions on both of their books and their creative interpretations of African American History through their literary works.

This event is free and open to the public –  Registration Required – Tickets Here 

About the Authors

Chris Rutledge, Author of Asclepius 

Chris M. Rutledge is originally from Chicago, IL and currently resides in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he also pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He began his creative writing by penning short stories in 1997, later started a novel, then subsequently transitioned into screenwriting in 2009 after taking a screenwriting course at Emory University. The transition to screenwriting was appropriate since Chris has a strong interest in writing, fused with a passion for film. He has written several feature-length screenplays and a five-episode short film series. Chris decided to “reverse engineer” one of his screenplays into a novel, which would eventually become his first published novel, “Murder at Venegoni’s”. Chris currently juggles both screenwriting and novel writing and plans to write future novels based on his screenplays and vice versa. He is a huge fan of Boxing, so there’s usually one Boxing reference in each of his stories.

Dr. Karcheik Sims – Alvarado, Author of Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968

For nearly twenty years, Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado has studied the history and culture of African Americans throughout the Black Atlantic World. Whether in the classroom, museum, or in the field, she has sought to document and teach the African-American odyssey through various mediums.
As the CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, a non profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to identifying, recording, and preserving African-American history and culture, Dr. Sims-Alvarado has developed a model for utilizing historical and cultural assets as catalysts for economic and community development.
She has worked on several historical assignments researching and documenting historic business districts, including Auburn Avenue and Downtown Atlanta. Dr. Sims-Alvarado has worked with some of Atlanta’s leading historical institutions and museums: the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta History Center, and The Herndon Home Museum.
Dr. Sims-Alvarado received a Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University. She is also a multi-recipient of the prestigious National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship with the Georgia Historical Society and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Dr. Sims-Alvarado is the author of the newly published book, the Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968, with Arcadia Press – a pictorial history of the Modern Civil Rights Movement.



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