Month: March 2011

Once upon a time — like, in February — the Wren’s Nest partnered with StoryCorps to record the stories of our neighbors in West End.

Amber, our valiant new program director, was all like, “Let’s get StoryCorps here! They record 2 people talking for 40 minutes at a time to preserve the stories of every day people. IT IS NOT AT ALL UNLIKE HOW WE DO IN OUR MISSION. You’ve probably heard their stories on NPR.”

She even tried out StoryCorps with her mom Sharon to make sure they were legit. (Yep: 100% legit!)

So Amber invited StoryCorps to set up shop at the Wren’s Nest, and they were like, “Cool.” And, further:

“We’ve wanted to do something like this in your neighborhood as a part of the Griot Intiative! You know the one, where the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity. All interviews recorded as part of the Griot Initiative will be archived at the Smithsonian’s National Musuem of African American History & Culture in addition to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.”

Then, Amber and our good friends at WEND got together and duped some of our neighbors into recording their stories one day here at the Wren’s Nest.

Neighbors like  Al-Yasha Williams and Robert Thompson stopped by:

And so did the Jackson family:

In all we had six recording sessions during the day, each lasting 40 minutes.

We had such a good time with the Storycorps people that they were all like, “Here, keep this kit for a few weeks. Then have 8 kids in your KIPP Scribes program record their family stories with family members.”

And then we forgot the camera. But it happened! No really!

Either way, we’re indebted to the Atlanta StoryCorps office for their interest, flexibility, and mad skills. We’re also thankful for Brent Brewer, one of our most spectacular neighbors, for helping rope people into this little partnership.

StoryCorps has locations in Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco where you can sign yourself and a partner up to record your stories just about any time after breakfast.


Anne Trubek, esteemed author, professor, and person of note on Twitter, has written a book called A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses AND IT IS A TRIUMPH.

Why, it’s just the book we — ahem, the Wren’s Nest and the Southern Literary Trail — have been waiting for.

Not since Brock Clarke’s An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England has there been a book so prominently featuring the words “writers” and “homes” or “houses” in the title.

It should come as no surprise then that we’re bringing Anne Trubek to the Decatur Library on Monday, March 28th at 7:15 pm for a rousing discussion of just how bizarre writers’ homes really are.

Big ups to the Georgia Center for the Book for co-hosting this event as a part of the Southern Literary Trail. Books will be available for purchase, you bet.

If you can’t stand the wait, amuse yourself with Ms. Trubek’s essay in the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review. Or think back fondly on our previous author events, like that time we brought Chimamanda Adichie here.

Is your biological clock telling you it’s about time for Phoenix Flies?

If so, you’d be a few days late. But if not, it should be! You remember Phoenix Flies — that sort of hard to pronounce annual event where the Atlanta Preservation Center orchestrates a few fantastic weeks of historic nerdery on the cheap.

Look no further than the Wren’s Nest this weekend and next. It’s free! It’s all free! Check out this easy-to-read schedule:

Saturday March 12: 10 – 2:30 pm. Storytelling: 11:30 and 1 pm.

Sunday, March 13: 1 – 4 pm. Storytelling: 1:30 and 3 pm.

Saturday, March 19: 10 – 2:30 pm. Storytelling: 11:30 and 1 pm.

Sunday, March 20: 1 – 4 pm. Storytelling: 1:30 and 3 pm.

Note the change in hours from Saturdays to Sunday.

And actually, do look a little further than the Wren’s Nest because there’s some crazy delightful stuff going down, like tours of the Wrecking Bar, Unseen Underground, the Castle, and so on.

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