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

Picking and grinning during North Georgia apple season
 Story by Suzanne Van Atten Georgia may call itself the peach state, but come fall it’s all about apples. Ozark Gold, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty and Granny Smith are just a few of the crisp, juicy varieties that flourish in the North Georgia Mountains. Ellijay is the heart of Georgia’s apple country, thanks to its loamy, acidic...

Posted: 12 days ago

Story by Suzanne Van Atten Georgia may call itself the peach state, but come fall it’s all about apples. Ozark Gold, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty and Granny Smith are just a few of the crisp, juicy varieties that flourish in the North Georgia Mountains. Ellijay is the heart of Georgia’s apple country, thanks to its loamy, acidic...
‘We Fed an Island’ portrays radical approach to disaster relief
 The latest tally of lives lost in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria is nearing 3,000 and rising. In reading “We Fed an Island” by chef José Andrés, one wonders what that number might have been had the author not arrived five days after the storm and — with the help of 25,000 volunteers &mdash...

Posted: 12 days ago

The latest tally of lives lost in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria is nearing 3,000 and rising. In reading “We Fed an Island” by chef José Andrés, one wonders what that number might have been had the author not arrived five days after the storm and — with the help of 25,000 volunteers &mdash...
9 Southern books we recommend this fall
 While summer book releases often tend toward frothy, entertaining fare, fall is the time for heavy hitters, and this year’s slate of titles do not disappoint. Here are nine substantive Southern books we look forward to curling up with when temperatures cool. “Meat in the freezer was meat that didn’t have to be bought and...

Posted: 26 days ago

While summer book releases often tend toward frothy, entertaining fare, fall is the time for heavy hitters, and this year’s slate of titles do not disappoint. Here are nine substantive Southern books we look forward to curling up with when temperatures cool. “Meat in the freezer was meat that didn’t have to be bought and...
‘A High Low Tide’ predicts a happy future for the Georgia oyster
 André Joseph Gallant grew up in a family of fishermen in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, home of the Malpeque Bay oyster, relished by aficionados for its plump size and brine. But, like the cobbler’s son who had no shoes, Gallant never enjoyed the pleasure of a fresh oyster until he moved away. “I was 15...

Posted: 29 days ago

André Joseph Gallant grew up in a family of fishermen in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, home of the Malpeque Bay oyster, relished by aficionados for its plump size and brine. But, like the cobbler’s son who had no shoes, Gallant never enjoyed the pleasure of a fresh oyster until he moved away. “I was 15...
430 authors to descend on Decatur for annual book fest
 It has been a watershed year for the AJC Decatur Book Festival as it approaches its 13th annual outing this Labor Day weekend. With founding executive director Daren Wang no longer at the helm, programming director Julie Wilson took charge, juggling both jobs and a budget that wasn’t as robust as she would have liked. “It...

4:27 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

It has been a watershed year for the AJC Decatur Book Festival as it approaches its 13th annual outing this Labor Day weekend. With founding executive director Daren Wang no longer at the helm, programming director Julie Wilson took charge, juggling both jobs and a budget that wasn’t as robust as she would have liked. “It...
10 AJC Decatur Book Festival authors you don’t want to miss
 There is no shortage of literary star power scheduled to appear at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this year. Armistead Maupin, Karin Slaughter, Tayari Jones, Rick Bragg and Charles Frazier are but a few of the authors sure to pack sanctuaries and conference rooms Labor Day weekend. Here are 10 other authors we recommend checking out at the...

4:13 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

There is no shortage of literary star power scheduled to appear at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this year. Armistead Maupin, Karin Slaughter, Tayari Jones, Rick Bragg and Charles Frazier are but a few of the authors sure to pack sanctuaries and conference rooms Labor Day weekend. Here are 10 other authors we recommend checking out at the...
Actress Amber Tamblyn flips the script with ‘Any Man’
 Amber Tamblyn has already had a more varied career than most people twice her age. Perhaps best known for her roles in “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “House,” the 35-year-old actress also has published three books of poetry and directed a feature film, “Paint It Black&rdquo...

8:00 PM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

Amber Tamblyn has already had a more varied career than most people twice her age. Perhaps best known for her roles in “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “House,” the 35-year-old actress also has published three books of poetry and directed a feature film, “Paint It Black&rdquo...
Last days of a honky-tonk hero
 Once you’ve gotten enough birthdays under your belt, it’s not unusual to return to a town or community from your past and experience shock or at least surprise at how much it’s changed. Sometimes it’s not even recognizable as the place you once knew. In his engrossing book “Homeplace,” John Lingan...

4:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

Once you’ve gotten enough birthdays under your belt, it’s not unusual to return to a town or community from your past and experience shock or at least surprise at how much it’s changed. Sometimes it’s not even recognizable as the place you once knew. In his engrossing book “Homeplace,” John Lingan...
Puerto Rico
A sign 20 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, identifies a pocket of homes yet to have power restored five months after Hurricane Maria. Suzanne Van Atten / svanatten@ajc.com

2:20 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

A sign 20 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, identifies a pocket of homes yet to have power restored five months after Hurricane Maria. Suzanne Van Atten / svanatten@ajc.com
‘Still Hungry in America’ revisits seminal photo project
 Standing in the doorway, a stick-thin arm protectively crossed against his solar plexus, the dirty-faced boy stares with furrowed brow at the camera. He’s not the focal point of the black-and-white photograph. That’s reserved for the pre-adolescent girl and toddler, whom she holds in her arms with the self-assurance of a seasoned...

9:18 PM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

Standing in the doorway, a stick-thin arm protectively crossed against his solar plexus, the dirty-faced boy stares with furrowed brow at the camera. He’s not the focal point of the black-and-white photograph. That’s reserved for the pre-adolescent girl and toddler, whom she holds in her arms with the self-assurance of a seasoned...
6 coffee-table books for your holiday wish list
 For the gift that keeps on giving, nothing delivers like a coffee-table book. Like a good piece of art that reveals something new every time you gaze at it, a well-crafted pictorial book can be enjoyed an infinite number of times. Here are six we think would make excellent gifts this holiday season. “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs...

1:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

For the gift that keeps on giving, nothing delivers like a coffee-table book. Like a good piece of art that reveals something new every time you gaze at it, a well-crafted pictorial book can be enjoyed an infinite number of times. Here are six we think would make excellent gifts this holiday season. “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs...