Best Local Authors In Atlanta

July 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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These New York Times, international or just downright popular best-selling authors are residents of Atlanta but could be seen as the quiet, demure celebrities of the town. A hot spot for Southern authors is the annual Decatur Book Festival which will be held Labor Day Weekend, August 30 to September 1, 2013. It is a great opportunity to meet and learn about local authors. Support local Atlanta actors and get whisked away into their popular stories often set right here in the South.


Mary Kay Andrews

A Georgia Bulldog graduate from the Jounalism school is New York Times bestseller Mary Kay Andrews – or shall we call her Kathy Hogan Trocheck (her real name). She is famous for her Callahan Garrity mystery series published under her real name, but ever so popular for her newer novels such as “Ladies Night,” “Spring Fever,” “Summer Rental,” “The Fixer Upper” and more. Be sure to check out her website as you’ll even get recipes and decorating tips from her Tybee Island beach house. This is a true gem for a Southern reader and a perfect author to pick up and read poolside or beachside. 

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Amber Dermont

Making the New York Times cut in 2012 for one of the top 100 books of the year is Amber Demont’s “The Starboard Sea.” What may be more impressive is that this was a debut book for this English and creative writing Agnes Scott professor in Decatur, GA. She’d previously published a number of short stories in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She is a blossoming Atlanta novelist to follow. 

Kevin Young

In the same impressive list of top 100 books of 2012 is Atlanta-based author Kevin Young for “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness.” The nonfiction book is really a story about stories told in the fiction, lying sort of way in the African-American culture. It gives a uniting glimmer to all Americans and art today. Young is also a master of poetry with published works such as “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels,” “For the Confederate Dead,” “Jelly Roll” and more. Young is currently a creative writing and English professor and Curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta.

Karin Slaughter

This international bestselling author is also a long time Atlanta resident. Her newest novel, “Unseen,” comes out in the summer of 2013, but she’s already got an impressive list of books and short stories under her belt. Plus, she’s received great notoriety such as the recipient of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Short Stories for “The Unremarkable Heart,” Mary Higgin Clarke’s list of “Best in the Genre” and a film deal for her Will Trent series by the same producers who did “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series of films.

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Karen White

Karen White is a self-proclaimed Southern woman who writes for Southern women. Her website emulates this as she says she enjoys writing “‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction.” However, she is also a bestselling author for her mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Plus her name has also docked the New York Times bestseller list with the novels “Sea Change” and “After the Rain.” Her newest novel to grab from bookstore stands is “The Time Between” set on Edisto Island and Charleston, South Carolina.



Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at

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