A Cappella Books, Georgia Center for the Book, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Present an Evening with Rick Bragg - The Speckled Beauty

A Cappella Books, Georgia Center for the Book, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Present an Evening with Rick Bragg - The Speckled Beauty

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021 7:30 PM

First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, Georgia 30030

From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "All Over but the Shoutin'" and "The Best Cook in the World" comes the warm-hearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.

A Cappella BooksGeorgia Center for the Book, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library proudly welcome Rick Bragg to the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The author will talk about his latest book, "The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People." 

"Conversations at First Baptist Church Decatur" has been pleased to partner with the Georgia Center for the Book and others in the Decatur community to host public dialogues in our community at the intersection of faith, purpose, and values.

Each ticket includes one pre-signed copy of "The Speckled Beauty," which will be presented to you when you enter the venue. All ticketholders may bring ONE guest to the program.

Seating is general admission. To ensure the safety of our speaker and guests, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the event will be required to enter the venue. Masks are required.

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Please note: Although tickets are non-refundable, if you cannot attend, your ticket still entitles you to a signed copy of the book.  A Cappella Books will hold your book for one month from the date of the event. You may pick it up in-store or call us to request shipping. 

About the Book

Speck is not a good boy. He is a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon. He has been that way since the moment he appeared on the ridgeline behind Rick Bragg's house, a starved and half-dead creature, seventy-six pounds of wet hair and poor decisions.

Speck arrived in Rick's life at a moment of looming uncertainty. A cancer diagnosis, chemo, kidney failure, and recurring pneumonia had left Rick lethargic and melancholy. Speck helped, and he is helping, still, when he is not peeing on the rose of Sharon. Written with Bragg's inimitable blend of tenderness and sorrow, humor and grit, "The Speckled Beauty" captures the extraordinary, sustaining devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

About the Author

Rick Bragg is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling "Ava’s Man" and "All Over but the Shoutin’." He writes a monthly column for Southern Living, teaches writing at the University of Alabama, and is also a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine. He lives in Alabama.