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Local writers share the story behind the stories and answer audience questions.

This month's readers:

Randy Osborne

Randy Osborne's work is listed in the Notables section of Best American Essays for 2015 and 2016. His writing has been published in four print anthologies and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. His essays have won various small awards, with bylines in Salon, The Rumpus, Full Grown People, The Lascaux Review, Flyleaf Journal, Fiction Attic, and many other literary magazines and newspapers. He recently completed a book-length collection.

Christina Lee

Christina Lee is a music journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Pitchfork and Red Bull Music Academy. In 2014 she, Rodney Carmichael and Gavin Godfrey won an Atlanta Press Club award for their Creative Loafing cover story “Straight Outta Stankonia.”

James Silver

James grew up in Decatur, Alabama and went to high school in Raleigh, NC.

James is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, "the Great Books school", where he basically majored in philosophy. He worked in the original Borders Book Shop in Ann Arbor, MI, and moved to Atlanta in 1985 when they built their third store in Buckhead. That is where he met his future and current wife Barbara Swint, who is also a writer, mostly of screenplays.

He worked at CNN from 1997 to 2004, where he wrote his only (self)published novel NAKED PRESIDENT, AN ALTERNATE HISTORY, which is still available on Amazon. Barbara and James started their own book and video store in 2004 called MENTAL STIMULATION, but they had to shut it down at the end of 2006. Since then James has been working at a small law firm in Decatur, Georgia, and has written continuously for the-five-hundred since 2011.

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Decatur, Georgia 30030

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