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Vir­tu­al Sto­ry­time with Monyet­ta Shaw

Virtual Storytime with Monyetta Shaw

We enjoyed an inspir­ing vir­tu­al sto­ry­time with crit­i­cal­ly-acclaimed author Monyet­ta Shaw as she read her pow­er­ful sto­ry of accep­tance and courage. Inspired by her son, Mason Shaw-Smith, The Chron­i­cles of Nice Guy Maso demon­strates what hap­pens when one boy’s kind­ness becomes his unas­sum­ing super pow­er. Thank you to Monyet­ta Shaw for shar­ing her sto­ry with us!

Books & Bites Fea­tur­ing Bar­be­cue with Jim Auchmutey

We had a won­der­ful evening lis­ten­ing to Jim Auch­mutey, author of​“Smokelore: A Short His­to­ry of Bar­be­cue in Amer­i­ca.” While enjoy­ing savory bites, we learned about the cul­tur­al his­to­ry of barbecue.

Accord­ing to Jim, bar­be­cue is the most quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Amer­i­can dish. With its long tra­di­tion in Geor­gia, Brunswick stew is what makes Georgia’s bar­be­cue stand out from oth­er vari­eties across the coun­try. In fact, Brunswick, Geor­gia is the home to two Brunswick stew his­tor­i­cal markers.

The first com­mer­cial­ly pro­duced bar­be­cue sauce was made in Atlanta in 1909 while the first bar­be­cue cook­book came from Cal­i­for­nia in 1939. The first fran­chise oper­a­tions in Amer­i­ca served bar­be­cue. It was the orig­i­nal main dish at McDonald’s until the own­ers changed their focus to ham­burg­ers because they could be cooked and served more quickly.

A native Geor­gian, Jim Auch­mutey comes from a long line of bar­be­cue pit­mas­ters and Brunswick stew mak­ers. He spent almost 30 years as a writer and edi­tor for The Atlanta Jour­­nal-Con­sti­­tu­­tion, spe­cial­iz­ing in sto­ries about the South and its his­to­ry and cul­ture. Jim was a guest cura­tor for the Atlanta His­to­ry Center’s Bar­be­cue. We thank him for a great evening!

Jim Auch­mutey & Jill Joplin
Jim Auch­mutey & Jill Joplin
Right to left: Jim Auchmutey, Kathy Trocheck, Teresa Weaver, Susan Puckett & Howard Pousner
Right to left: Jim Auch­mutey, Kathy Trocheck, Tere­sa Weaver, Susan Puck­ett & Howard Pousner