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

8 winter festivals to get you out of hibernation
 When we think of festival season in the Southeast, we tend to think of spring or fall. But winter has its charms, and there are a variety of special events throughout the region that either embrace the season’s chilly temperatures or seek ways to warm things up. Here are eight reasons to quit hibernating and hit the road over the next...

Posted: a day ago

When we think of festival season in the Southeast, we tend to think of spring or fall. But winter has its charms, and there are a variety of special events throughout the region that either embrace the season’s chilly temperatures or seek ways to warm things up. Here are eight reasons to quit hibernating and hit the road over the next...
7 books for the readers on your gift list this holiday season
 Gift-giving season is upon us again. It’s the time of year when publishers release their flashiest, priciest oversized books in hopes of capturing the holiday market. And it’s our job to sort through them and pluck out the ones we think are the best. Here are our seven favorites from the offerings this year. British author and...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gift-giving season is upon us again. It’s the time of year when publishers release their flashiest, priciest oversized books in hopes of capturing the holiday market. And it’s our job to sort through them and pluck out the ones we think are the best. Here are our seven favorites from the offerings this year. British author and...
Holiday artists markets: The art of giving
 Story by Suzanne Van Atten Holiday shopping has become as simple as scrolling the web and pushing a few buttons on the computer. And if that feels like too much effort, gift cards provide the least amount of muss and fuss. But something has been lost in the march toward convenience. Nothing conveys the idea that “it’s the thought...

Posted: 6 days ago

Story by Suzanne Van Atten Holiday shopping has become as simple as scrolling the web and pushing a few buttons on the computer. And if that feels like too much effort, gift cards provide the least amount of muss and fuss. But something has been lost in the march toward convenience. Nothing conveys the idea that “it’s the thought...
From selling bulldozers to books
 In “American Judas,” Maggie and Seth Ginsberg live in a dystopian America where Christianity is the only permissible religion. When Seth is caught practicing his Jewish faith by a co-worker, he’s outed to the authorities and makes a run for the Mexican border, while Maggie is rustled off to a savior camp. Atlanta author...

Posted: 9 days ago

In “American Judas,” Maggie and Seth Ginsberg live in a dystopian America where Christianity is the only permissible religion. When Seth is caught practicing his Jewish faith by a co-worker, he’s outed to the authorities and makes a run for the Mexican border, while Maggie is rustled off to a savior camp. Atlanta author...
Women filmmakers from silent era featured in historic collection
 It has been in the works for two years, but the timing couldn’t have been better for the upcoming release of “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers,” a box collection of silent films made by women. In a year when gender equity and the #metoo movement were constants in the news cycle, a 28-hour reminder that women once played...

Posted: 23 days ago

It has been in the works for two years, but the timing couldn’t have been better for the upcoming release of “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers,” a box collection of silent films made by women. In a year when gender equity and the #metoo movement were constants in the news cycle, a 28-hour reminder that women once played...
Darkness reigns in vengeful tale set in Appalachia
 Fictional tales of dark doings in the hollers and hamlets of Appalachia have become so prolific in recent years, they’ve spawned their own genre: Appalachian noir. North Carolina author David Joy is one of its leading proponents. But his third novel, “The Line That Held Us,” is straight up Southern gothic, and it is...

Posted: 24 days ago

Fictional tales of dark doings in the hollers and hamlets of Appalachia have become so prolific in recent years, they’ve spawned their own genre: Appalachian noir. North Carolina author David Joy is one of its leading proponents. But his third novel, “The Line That Held Us,” is straight up Southern gothic, and it is...
2,000 nights and counting for blues musician Daniel “Mudcat” Dudeck
 Story by Suzanne Van Atten. Photos by Jenni Girtman. By day, the squat, cinderblock building with bars on the windows is easy to overlook. But at night, when the neon light glows blue, the Northside Tavern on Howell Mill Road comes alive. And it’s never livelier than when Daniel Dudeck, aka Mudcat, is on stage. The perpetually youthful...

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2018

Story by Suzanne Van Atten. Photos by Jenni Girtman. By day, the squat, cinderblock building with bars on the windows is easy to overlook. But at night, when the neon light glows blue, the Northside Tavern on Howell Mill Road comes alive. And it’s never livelier than when Daniel Dudeck, aka Mudcat, is on stage. The perpetually youthful...
The mysterious allure of Marfa
 Most city slogans are kind of dumb. Even if they sound clever at first, they begin to annoy over time. I’d be happy if I never heard, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” again. Or “Keep Austin Weird.” If you’ve been to Austin lately, you know that battle has been lost. But whoever came up with the...

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2018

Most city slogans are kind of dumb. Even if they sound clever at first, they begin to annoy over time. I’d be happy if I never heard, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” again. Or “Keep Austin Weird.” If you’ve been to Austin lately, you know that battle has been lost. But whoever came up with the...
7 reasons to visit the West this winter
 Whether your style is rough and tumble or refined and discriminating, the western United States is brimming with adventures and attractions sure to satisfy every itch, from theme parks and cowboy culture to train rides and world-class art. Here are seven destinations for a fun winter getaway. Do you want to travel to the West Coast, but you&rsquo...

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2018

Whether your style is rough and tumble or refined and discriminating, the western United States is brimming with adventures and attractions sure to satisfy every itch, from theme parks and cowboy culture to train rides and world-class art. Here are seven destinations for a fun winter getaway. Do you want to travel to the West Coast, but you&rsquo...
Haunting images of homeless pack a punch in photo show
 With eyes so big they dwarf his gaunt face, the child stands beside an open refrigerator, its contents looking more like garbage than food. Dead flies appear to float in the sludge coagulated on the bottom shelf. Captured in black-and-white, the haunting image and others like it provided the centerpiece for a 1967 congressional hearing on...

9:01 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

With eyes so big they dwarf his gaunt face, the child stands beside an open refrigerator, its contents looking more like garbage than food. Dead flies appear to float in the sludge coagulated on the bottom shelf. Captured in black-and-white, the haunting image and others like it provided the centerpiece for a 1967 congressional hearing on...
‘Becoming Mrs. Lewis’ a departure for author Patti Callahan Henry
 New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry didn’t intend to break rank with her new book, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis.” She already has a good thing going with her run of 12 novels in 13 years, each one a textbook example of Southern contemporary fiction revolving around a woman navigating family life and...

7:47 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry didn’t intend to break rank with her new book, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis.” She already has a good thing going with her run of 12 novels in 13 years, each one a textbook example of Southern contemporary fiction revolving around a woman navigating family life and...