Robin Conte is a metro Atlanta-based writer whose column, Robin’s Nest, has won multiple awards from the Georgia Press Association, including the Joe Parham trophy for humor column and first place for lifestyle column. A Wake Forest graduate with an M.A. Ed. degree from Emory University, Robin has taught 8th grade and 3rd grade, raised four children, including twins, and now lives with her husband of 30 years in an empty nest in Dunwoody, Georgia
Atlanta Writers Club Memoir
Listen to a panel of talented Atlanta Writers Club members as they discuss their newest essay and memoir titles. Distinguished panelists include Connie Tuttle, Robin Conte, Danzella Watts, and Bernard Lee, Jr.
Julia McDermott is an award-winning author whose story “The Riverfest” is included in the anthology Down to the River. Other published fiction includes Daddy’s Girl, Underwater, and Make That Deux. Her memoir All the Above: My Son’s Battle with Brain Cancer was awarded Finalist-Georgia Author of the Year, and is the subject of her AJC Personal Journey, “Fear & Gratitude.” A native of Texas, Julia lives in Brookhaven.
The Best of the Nest: Robin's Nest Columns from the Reporter Newspapers
With her tongue planted firmly in her cheek, Conte guides us through the calendar, taking us from a Feng Shui Christmas to a pumpkin-puree Thanksgiving and throws in some uber list-making and grammar snobbery along the way. She asks the questions we’re all asking: Does this phone make my fingers look fat? and What is this thing called love? She grapples with the same issues we all eventually encounter: the Atlanta airport and the terrible twenty-twos. A suburban mother of four, Conte identifies her parenting style as “laissez-authoritarian-it’s-not-faire,” claims to have spent twenty-four years bonding with her kids over disgusting things, and says she takes yoga because it’s the only way she can justify lying flat on her back for five minutes in the middle of the day besides getting an MRI. Anyone who has used a cast-iron skillet or an Oxford comma and anyone who has raised kids or grown zucchini will find something to enjoy in The Best of the Nest.