April is not only National Poetry Month, but also a big season for the release of new books. Intown authors have been busy writing fiction, non-fiction, self-help and poetry. Here’s a look at some of the notable books out now and coming soon.

Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God by Amena Brown ($15, IVP Books). Poet, performance artist and motivational speaker Brown shares her journey to finding a balance between being an artist and her spirituality. The book is laced with Brown’s poetry, inspirational messages and stories of how she overcame adversity to find joy and redemption in her art.

Render: Poems by Collin Kelley ($14.95, Sibling Rivalry Press) Atlanta INtown editor Kelley returns with his first full-length collection of poetry in a decade with Render, a cycle of poems about a family in crisis, adultery, sexual discovery and 40 years of pop culture. Kelley will be reading with fellow Sibling Rivalry poet Theresa Davis at Georgia Center for the Book on May 7, 7:15 p.m.at the Decatur Library.

After This We Go Dark: Poems by Theresa Davis ($14.95, Sibling Rivalry Press) Passion, pain and politics collided in this debut full-length collection from Davis, who is well known on the spoken word and poetry slam scene around the country. A former McEver Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech and Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, Davis is proving her words are just as effective on the page as on the stage. Coming in May.

Southern Poetry Anthology V: Georgia edited by William Wright and Paul Ruffin ($26.95, Texas Review Press). This anthology represents some of Georgia’s finest contemporary poets with contributions by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, David Bottoms, Thomas Lux, Judson Mitcham, Karen Head, Collin Kelley, Kevin Young, Chelsea Rathburn, Alice Friman and many, many more. There will be two readings from the anthology this month including April 10, 8 p.m., at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and on April 30, 7:15 p.m., at the Decatur Library. Many of the featured poets will be on hand reading their work from the anthology.

Where You Can Find Me: A Novel by Sheri Joseph ($24.94, Thomas Dunne Books). A young boy is rescued from a kidnapper after a three-year search, but Caleb’s return to his family is complicated by relentless media attention. His mother decides to flee the country with her son to Costa Rica where more danger lurks and the mystery of Caleb’s disappearance unfolds.

Atlanta’s Stone Mountain: A Multicultural History by Paul Hudson and Lora Mirza ($19.99, The History Press) The granite outcrop and it’s history are contextualized in this history of the landmark, from its discovery by Native Americans to its status today as a historic site and tourist attraction.

And Then I Found You: A Novel by Patti Callahan Henry ($24.99, St. Martin’s Press) Kate Vaughn is a successful businesswoman with a caring family and devoted boyfriend, but when she discovers he’s about to pop the question, secretes and insecurities from the past threaten to derail her happiness.

The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age by Robert Weintraub ($27.99, Little, Brown & Company) The end of WWII saw hundreds of baseball’s stars were coming home. Players like Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe Dimaggio returned to the Majors with bats blazing, making the season one of the most memorable in history, capped with a thrilling seven-game World Series. And a new era began, with Jackie Robinson making his professional debut. Decatur resident Weintraub explores the year in great detail with obvious affection for the game.

The Jericho Deception: A Novel by Jeffrey Small ($15.95, West Hills Press) Blending religion, politics and science, this thriller follows a scientist who has created a machine that allows its users to see God, but finds out his invention has been stolen by the CIA to start a new Holy War in the Middle East.

A Place at the Table: A Novel by Susan Rebecca White ($25, Touchstone) As it sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to the Manhattan of the deadly AIDs epidemic of the 1980s to today’s wealthy suburbs, A Place at the Table celebrates the healing power of food and the magic of New York as three seekers come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole. Coming in June.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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