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Award-winning author Greene visits North Ga.
Melissa Fay Green is seen with her husband, Don Samuel, and their nine children.

Award-winning author and journalist Melissa Fay Greene will visit North Georgia College & State University on Nov. 1 to talk about her latest nonfiction book, a story about she and her husband raising their own four children and five others adopted from foreign orphanages.

“No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: Nine Kids, Three Continents, One Family,” is based on her 2011 book. The event, part of the university’s Visiting Authors Program, begins at 7 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences Auditorium at North Georgia and is free and open to the public.

In the book, she writes: “We’ve steered by the light of what brings us joy, what makes us laugh, and what feels right and true. In shaky times, I’ve thought, ‘Did we take on too many?’ ‘Is the whole family at risk of capsizing?’ ‘What do the experts say?’ But we and the children seem to be thriving; it seems we have been right to trust love, laughter, and happiness.”

A native of Macon, Greene and her husband, defense attorney Don Samuel, have lived in Georgia since 1975. They live in Atlanta and are the parents of six sons and three daughters.

Greene is the author of five books of nonfiction: “Praying for Sheetrock” (1991), “The Temple Bombing” (1996), “Last Man Out” (2003), “There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue her Country’s Children” (2006), and “No Biking in the House Without A Helmet” (2011).

“Praying For Sheetrock,” about race relations and the “good old boy” network in McIntosh County, was named one of the top 100 works of American journalism of the 20th century and appears on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of “The New Classics-The 100 Best Books of the Last 25 Years.”

Greene’s other honors include two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, the Salon Book Award, Elle Magazine’s Readers’ Prize, and two Georgia Author Awards.

She has contributed to a number of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Readers Digest, Redbook, Newsweek, and Parade and her books have been translated into 15 languages. She is a 2010 recipient of a doctorate of letters from Emory University and a 2011 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Since 1996, North Georgia’s Visiting Authors Program, sponsored by the English department, has welcomed contemporary writers to discuss their work with students and the community, offering illuminating perspectives on human experience and insights about the writing and publishing processes.