3rd Wednesday of Every Month at 6:30

Green Reads Book Club

The Georgia Conservancy // 230 Peachtree Street, Suite 1250, Atlanta, GA 30303

Hosted by Atlanta’s A Cappella Books, Green Reads Book Club is a Georgia Conservancy-led discussion of select environmentally-focused books

If you are interested in our environment and concerned about protecting and conserving Georgia’s natural resources, join the staff of the Georgia Conservancy for the Green Reads Book Club. The Green Reads Book Club will meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:30 PM - 8 PM at the Georgia Conservancy’s office in Downtown Atlanta.

We will delve into essential reads related to land conservation and protection, sustainable growth, and stewardship among other environmentally-focused subjects as we:

  • Inform ourselves

  • Exchange new ideas

  • Expand our minds

  • Share our love of literature

Some titles will be Georgia specific, others more global in perspective. Selections will include journalism, biographies, historical fiction, short stories, and novels, as well as literary works for younger readers.

* Please feel free to bring your own food and drink to our monthly Green Reads Book Club

Wednesday, October 16 AT 6:30 PM

Join us October 16 at Green Reads for a freewheeling conversation about Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray, South Georgia, and the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, led by Georgia Conservancy Natural Resource and Coastal Director Charles McMillan. This selection touches on forest protection, land use, restoration of the land, the restoration of communities, and how these are intertwined.

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

by Jane Jacobs

From the memories of a childhood marked by extreme poverty, mental illness, and restrictive fundamentalist Christian rules, Janisse Ray crafted a memoir that has inspired thousands to embrace their beginnings, no matter how humble, and fight for the places they love. This edition, published on the fifteenth anniversary of the original publication, updates and contextualizes the story for a new generation and a wider audience desperately searching for stories of empowerment and hope.

Janisse Ray grew up in a junkyard along U.S. Highway 1, hidden from Florida-bound travelers by hulks of old cars. In language at once colloquial, elegiac, and informative, Ray redeems her home and her people, while also cataloging the source of her childhood hope: the Edenic longleaf pine forests, where orchids grow amid wiregrass at the feet of widely spaced, lofty trees. Today, the forests exist in fragments, cherished and threatened, and the South of her youth is gradually being overtaken by golf courses and suburban development. A contemporary classic, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood is a clarion call to protect the cultures and ecologies of every childhood.

Learn more about Ecology of a Cracker Childhood from A Cappella Books

*Members of the Green Reads Book Club can purchase copies of the monthly selection at A Cappella at a 10% discount in the store


Interested in joining the Green Reads Book Club? Please visit A Cappella’s sign-up page and select Green Reads from the drop-down menu when registering.

Questions? Please contact Georgia Conservancy Development and Engagement Director Liza Mueller at lmueller@gaconservancy.org

Participants are encouraged to take MARTA or other environmentally-friendly transportation options:

Take Marta to the Peachtree Center Station - Upon exiting the train go to the Peachtree Street West exit - At the top of the escalator walk straight up a few steps, past Hotel Indigo, to our building entrance – 230 Peachtree Street NW - Then take the elevators to the 12th floor

About A Cappella Books:
“For almost three decades, A Cappella Books has been serving the Atlanta community with our unique selection of new, used, and antiquarian titles. Together with a wide range of partners across Atlanta, we bring great authors to the city all year long for book signings and literary events, and our signed titles garner us customers from all around the world. From our humble beginnings in Little Five Points to our cozy current shop in Inman Park, we're always in the business of buying, selling, and trading used books.”

Learn more: www.acappellabooks.com