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."

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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...
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...

9:57 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

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...