A MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Colson Whitehead recently released the book “Sag Harbor,” which explores a 15-year-old boy’s summer in a predominantly black Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood. In this high-spirited novel, Whitehead focuses on the character’s desperate quest for reinvention. The author of several novels, including “The Intuitionist” and “John Henry Days,” Whitehead also has written a collection of essays about New York City. His fiction, criticism and reviews have appeared in several publications such as The New York Times, Harper’s and Granta. Whitehead will speak Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
Noted by Time and Elle magazines as a hero of the environment, Ray C. Anderson presents his upcoming book, “Confessions of a Radical Industrialist,” which focuses on practical ideas and measurable outcomes that businesses can use to improve their bottom lines while being eco-friendly. A sought-after guest lecturer and adviser on environmental issues, Anderson served as a co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development during the Clinton administration. He recently co-chaired the Presidential Climate Action Project, which presented the Obama administration with an action plan that addressed key issues related to climate control. As the founder and former chairman of Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, Anderson now serves on the boards of several private and nonprofit organizations. His lecture is Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Augusten Burroughs, The New York Times bestselling author of “Running with Scissors” and “A Wolf at the Table,” presents his forthcoming book, “You Better Not Cry.” The book is a series of seven stories that focus on his Christmas experiences from childhood through today. Twice honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 25 funniest people in America, Burroughs chronicles everything that makes the holidays troublesome and magical through his witty prose. Burroughs will speak Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin,” follows up her award-winning narrative, “Oryx and Crake,” with the highly anticipated book “The Year of the Flood.” Her latest novel focuses on a group called God’s Gardeners, a small community of survivors of the same environmental catastrophe depicted in “Oryx and Crake.” In her 30 years as a writer, Atwood has authored more than 25 volumes of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. Atwood’s lecture is Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Joel Cohen, the Emmy award-winning writer for the longest-running American sitcom and animated program, “The Simpsons,” first found success in the corporate world before making a career move into comedy writing. With the “greatest TV show of the 20th century” under his belt, according to Time magazine, Cohen provides a unique perspective to discuss innovation and creativity in business. He will speak Thursday, March 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
A book signing follows each reading. Book sales are available by personal check or cash sales only. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.scad.edu/ivyhall or call (404) 253-2759.