Headshot of Janisse Ray with cover of book Wild Spectacle on the right and event description text on the left

Join the Georgia Center for the BookRead SC, and Charis Books & More for an evening with beloved Georgia author Janisse Ray. The bestselling author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood is back with a new memoir, Wild Spectacle, which explores the wild earth and invites us to question its known and unknown beauties and curiosities.

There are three types of tickets for this event.

  • Signed Book with In-Person Ticket
  • Signed Book with Couples Ticket (2 in-person tickets with the purchase of 1 book)
  • Free Virtual Ticket (Receive a link to stream this event virtually) with no book.

Looking for adventure and self-discovery, Janisse Ray has repeatedly immersed herself in wildness. From overwintering with butterflies in Mexico to counting birds in Belize, her stories capture the joys of heart-pounding amazement, discovery of romance, and becoming a better human. Reflecting on the sights of explorers like Bartram and Sacagawea, Ray documents experiences that are rare in an age of increasingly virtual, urban life alongside disappearing habitat, declining biodiversity, and climate change. From Alaska to Central America, she questions what it means to travel as a woman, speculates on the impacts of ecotourism, and wonders if future generations will make substantive change. Wild Spectacle explores the wild earth and invites us to question its known and unknown beauties and curiosities.

Janisse Ray is a naturalist and activist, and the author of seven books of nonfiction and poetry, including The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save FoodDrifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River, and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, which won the American Book Award. Her work has appeared widely in magazines and journals, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Nautilus Book Award, and numerous other honors. Ray lives on an organic farm near Savannah, Georgia.


We are committed to a safe environment for all writers, attendees, staff, and volunteers. Following CDC guidelines and adhering to the protocols of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, we are taking the following steps for safety during this program:

  • Masks: Face masks must be worn properly over the nose and the mouth at all times on the entire church property, including outdoors.
  • Social Distancing: Attendance indoors is capped at less than 50% of capacity, with alternating rows left vacant.
  • Vaccines: Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination (CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or image of the card) is required for anyone entering the church. In the rare event of a misplaced COVID-19 card, please provide proof of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before the event and be prepared to sign a vaccine verification statement.
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308 Clairemont Avenue Decatur, GA 30030 and virtually
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