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Readings by university professors

3/28/2014, 6 a.m.

Two professors from Emory and Georgia Tech – poet Kevin Young and author Kristie Macrakis – will read their work at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum on April 7 and 8.

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Kevin Young

Young, Emory professor and award-winning poet, is up first. He will read and sign copies of “Book of Hours” at 7 p.m. on April 7 in the theater.

The event is free and open to the public.

Publisher’s Weekly calls “Book of Hours” “a beautiful book of both grief and birth and says Young, Emory’s Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English, thrills his audience with its immediate emotional impact and musical rifts.

Three of his books – “To Repel Ghosts,” which explores the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat; “Jelly Roll,” a collection of blues poems; and “Black Maria,” a film noir – form what he calls “an American trilogy.”

Young is also curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL – Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library.

Invisible writings

Macrakis will read and sign copies of “Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink” on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the theater.

The book about concealing and revealing secret communications is the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes.

Macrakis, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of History, Technology and Society, combines a storyteller’s sense of drama with a historian’s respect for evidence in the page-turning history of intrigue and espionage, love and war, magic and secrecy. From the piazzas of ancient Rome to the spy capitals of the Cold War, Macrakis’ global history reveals the drama and importance of invisible ink.

She explores spellbinding stories of secret messaging from Ovid’s advice to use milk for illicit love notes, to John Gerard’s dramatic escape from the Tower of London aided by orange juice ink messages, to al-Qaeda’s hidden instructions in pornographic movies.

An appendix includes fun kitchen chemistry recipes for readers to try out at home.

The Carter Center is at 441 Freedom Parkway. Visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov or call 404-865-7100.