Erika Robuck, “Call Me Zelda.” 6:30 p.m. May 28. Signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com. From the author of “Hemingway’s Girl” comes a new novel that looks at the turbulent marriage of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald through the relationship between Zelda, committed to a Baltimore psychiatric clinic in 1932, and her nurse, Anna Howard.
Annalee Newitz, “Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction.” 7:15 p.m. May 29. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. One of America’s top science journalists examines humanity’s success at dodging the bullet of extinction and suggests ways to keep doing it.
David Sedaris, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.” 6 p.m. May 30. Reading, Q&A, and signing. Free. Barnes & Noble Edgewood, 1217 Caroline St., Atlanta. 404-522-0212, http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2204. Sedaris’ new collection takes readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour, from the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, these essays revel in absurdity and delight. See the website for special instructions about this event.
John Scalzi, “The Human Division.” 7 p.m. May 30. Reading. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, http://eagleeyebooks.com. In Scalzi’s sequel to “The Last Colony,” the people of Earth must make a difficult choice: join forces with alien races or remain ignorant of the dangerous universe around them.
Claire Cook, “Time Flies.” 5:30 p.m. May 30. Signing. RSVP requested. Free. Southern Soles (with Bookmiser), 4475 Roswell Road, Suite 1000, Marietta, 770-993-1555, www.bookmiser.net/. A suddenly single Atlanta sculptor buys a ticket to her high school reunion up north, fantasizing that a return to the past might help her build a new life.
Eve Ensler, “In the Body of the World: A Memoir.” 6:30 p.m. May 31. $30, includes copy of book. Tickets available at http://eveensleratl.eventbrite.com. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatre.com. Playwright, author and activist Ensler (“The Vagina Monologues”) admits that she has spent years trying to find her way back to her body through “promiscuity, anorexia [and] performance art.” She traveled the world speaking to women. Upon her return home, Ensler was diagnosed with uterine cancer. The memoir that brings these experiences together is one of separation and connection — to the body, the self and the world.
Robert Finch, “Skin in the Game.” 7 p.m. May 31. Peerless Book Store, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-650-7323, www.peerlessbookstore.com. A first-year lawyer in a Wall Street firm is shocked to find that his first client’s quantum-physics product has revolutionary code-breaking abilities of interest to both the CIA and the mob.
Victoria Wilcox, “Inheritance (Southern Son, the Saga of Doc Holliday).” 2 p.m. June 1. Talk and signing. $10. Reservations requested. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, www.margaretmitchellhouse.com. Wilcox, the founding director of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, has uncovered a link between Doc Holliday and the real people behind “Gone With the Wind.” Her trilogy of novels, of which “Inheritance” is the first installment, tell the full story for the first time.