Suzanne Van Atten

Suzanne Van Atten joined the AJC in 2006 as an entertainment editor. Currently she edits Personal Journeys and manages the arts and books coverage for the Sunday Living & Arts section. Previously she was associate editor of Creative Loafing Atlanta. She's also a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist and author of the travel guide "Moon Puerto Rico."

Latest from Suzanne Van Atten

What a long, strange trip it’s been
 Daniel first met Townes Van Zandt at a coffee shop in Athens. The two bonded over their shared love of music. Although he would never achieve commercial success, the Texas troubadour was developing a cult following with his sad, soulful songs. One day Townes asked Daniel to drive him to Nashville in his van. Daniel was game. There they visited...

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Daniel first met Townes Van Zandt at a coffee shop in Athens. The two bonded over their shared love of music. Although he would never achieve commercial success, the Texas troubadour was developing a cult following with his sad, soulful songs. One day Townes asked Daniel to drive him to Nashville in his van. Daniel was game. There they visited...
Expedition Bigfoot explores historic quests for Sasquatch
 David Bakara can pinpoint the precise moment in his childhood that his life’s course was set.  It was the day in 1974 when the 12-year-old north Michigan native watched “The Legend of Boggy Creek.” Claiming to be based on a true story, the movie intercut documentary-style interviews with fictitious re-enactments to...

7:06 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

David Bakara can pinpoint the precise moment in his childhood that his life’s course was set.  It was the day in 1974 when the 12-year-old north Michigan native watched “The Legend of Boggy Creek.” Claiming to be based on a true story, the movie intercut documentary-style interviews with fictitious re-enactments to...
Memory of Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece lives on in Blairsville
 Georgia has a proud heritage of producing literary luminaries. The legacies of authors like Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor and Joel Chandler Harris continue to live on.  Not so for Byron Herbert Reece, the once-celebrated poet of Appalachia, whom most people called “Hub.”  Reece was nominated for a Pulitzer...

9:32 PM Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Georgia has a proud heritage of producing literary luminaries. The legacies of authors like Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor and Joel Chandler Harris continue to live on.  Not so for Byron Herbert Reece, the once-celebrated poet of Appalachia, whom most people called “Hub.”  Reece was nominated for a Pulitzer...
Winery tours, tastings beckon tourists to North Georgia
 Once upon a time, if you were sipping a wine made in Georgia, your beverage most likely was made from fermented peaches, apples or blackberries. If it were made from grapes at all, scuppernongs or muscadines would have been the fruit of choice. My, how times have changed.  The North Georgia mountains are now home to more than 20 wineries...

9:04 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

Once upon a time, if you were sipping a wine made in Georgia, your beverage most likely was made from fermented peaches, apples or blackberries. If it were made from grapes at all, scuppernongs or muscadines would have been the fruit of choice. My, how times have changed.  The North Georgia mountains are now home to more than 20 wineries...
‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design
 Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind. In the symbiotic world of flora and fauna, where most every plant and critter seem to have a purpose...

4:00 AM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind. In the symbiotic world of flora and fauna, where most every plant and critter seem to have a purpose...
12 hot events to keep you warm this fall
 The fall arts season will soon be upon us. Here are a dozen events we’re eagerly anticipating as the season gets underway. ‘Shakespeare in Love.’Richard Garner, who shuttered Georgia Shakespeare in 2014 after 29 years. returns to his old Georgia Shakespeare haunt, Oglethorpe University, to direct “Shakespeare in Love&rdquo...

7:57 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

The fall arts season will soon be upon us. Here are a dozen events we’re eagerly anticipating as the season gets underway. ‘Shakespeare in Love.’Richard Garner, who shuttered Georgia Shakespeare in 2014 after 29 years. returns to his old Georgia Shakespeare haunt, Oglethorpe University, to direct “Shakespeare in Love&rdquo...
Decatur Book Festival founder Daren Wang resigns
 This year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival will be the last one with founding executive director Daren Wang at the helm. Wang, whose debut novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” launches at this year’s festival, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of year. “With the book coming...

6:19 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

This year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival will be the last one with founding executive director Daren Wang at the helm. Wang, whose debut novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” launches at this year’s festival, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of year. “With the book coming...
Discover Georgia’s Barrier Islands
 Compared to its neighbors to the north and south, Georgia has a short coastline, measuring just 100 miles from Savannah to St. Marys. And unlike the green and blue ocean waters of its neighbors, Georgia’s water is brown, a result of the nutrient-rich silt and sediment washed down by the mighty Altamaha and other rivers that empty into...

2:36 PM Thursday, May. 11, 2017

Compared to its neighbors to the north and south, Georgia has a short coastline, measuring just 100 miles from Savannah to St. Marys. And unlike the green and blue ocean waters of its neighbors, Georgia’s water is brown, a result of the nutrient-rich silt and sediment washed down by the mighty Altamaha and other rivers that empty into...
Lucinda Williams headlines Amplify Decatur Music Festival
 It’s fitting that the same week Atlanta witnessed the great buckling of I-20, Lucinda Williams comes to town in support of her new record, “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” The title track of her raw, haunting new album was inspired by that long stretch of road that bisects Atlanta and runs from Florence, S.C., to Nowheresville...

8:10 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

It’s fitting that the same week Atlanta witnessed the great buckling of I-20, Lucinda Williams comes to town in support of her new record, “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” The title track of her raw, haunting new album was inspired by that long stretch of road that bisects Atlanta and runs from Florence, S.C., to Nowheresville...