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, September AT 6:30 PM

Join us September 18 at Green Reads for a freewheeling conversation about The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs led by anthropologist, architect, and city planner, Richard Dagenhart. The retired Georgia Tech professor discovers something new with each read. “It is one of those books.” He recommends reading one chapter, “The Kind of a Problem a City Is” first, although it is at the end of the book.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

by Jane Jacobs

A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.

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

About our Co-Host Richard Dagenhart

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Richard Dagenhart was educated in anthropology, architecture and city planning at the University of Arkansas and the University of Pennsylvania. For more than forty years, he has been involved in urban design teaching, research and practice in Philadelphia, Houston, the Middle East, across much of the US, China, and, of course, Atlanta and Georgia Tech. Although retired, Dagenhart continues to teach urban design studios and an Institute-wide course on the history of cities at Georgia Tech. The recent urban design studios at Georgia Tech, collaborating with graduate students from across the world, are sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy to investigate issues of climate change, re-purposing infrastructure, and retro-fitting automobile landscapes in the American City, especially Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Dagenhart is a registered architect and maintains a small architectural practice in Atlanta and Apalachicola, Florida


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