In partnership with The Wren’s Nest, Literary Atlanta launched the “Beyond Books” series on Jan. 10, 2018. Our first guest for this live podcast event was Mark Pendergrast.
Episode 24 includes a recording of the Jan. 10th event. This was our first time recording on location at The Wren’s Nest, the historic home of Joel Chandler Harris in Atlanta’s West End. The sitting room was packed! The audience included Mark’s mother, Nan, and two of his brothers (he’s one of seven children). Mark was born and raised in Atlanta, but now lives in Vermont.
Mark spent more than four years researching and writing his book City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future. In the book, Mark shares the history of Atlanta and its rise as a major metropolitan city poised for “either tremendous rebirth or inexorable decline.” He organizes the story around one of the most promising catalysts for the city’s rebirth: the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile loop of mostly defunct rail lines that are being transformed into a series of stunning parks connected by trails and streetcars.
City on the Verge is Mark’s third book about Atlanta. The other books about his native city are For God, Country & Coca-Cola, which was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, and Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. The EIS is part of the Centers for Disease Control, located in Atlanta.
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