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Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents
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Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

ATLANTA -- In honor of Grandparents Day, two local authors who were raised by their grandparents will host a celebration at Atlanta's Carter Center.

President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation for a national celebration of grandparents in 1978. This year's Grandparents Day lands on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Carter Center event will begin at 7 p.m. on that day and will be hosted by Michael Morris and Robert Leleux.

Morris based his latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, on a true story his grandfather told him. In the book, a man on the run for murder is shipped to his family in a crate.

"My grandparents helped to get [my mother and me] out of a violent household where our lives were in jeopardy," Morris said. "My mom and I lived with my grandparents and then lived in a trailer in my grandparents' backyard. My grandparents were my heroes. They gave me so many gifts ... protection and unconditional love -- and the gift of storytelling."

Leleux's novel, The Living End, is a tribute to the author's grandmother JoAnn. JoAnn was classy, witty and elegant, until she began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's.

At the time of her diagnosis, JoAnn had been estranged from Leleux's mother Jessica -- her daughter -- for years. As her Alzheimer's progressed, JoAnn lost most of her memories, including those of wounds and anger. She was finally able to reach out to Jessica in what became a life-affirming experience and an unexpected blessing that helped the whole family heal.

Both books will be available for sale and signing at the Grandparents' Day event, courtesy of A Capella Books. The event is free and open to the public.

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