Randy Susan Meyers, “The Comfort of Lies.” 6:30 p.m. March 18. Reading. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com. A child given up for adoption draws three women together in Meyer’s second novel (after “The Murderer’s Daughter”).
Tara Conklin, “The House Girl.” 7:15 p.m. March 20. Reading and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. The lives of two women separated by more than a century unexpectedly intertwine when a young lawyer working on a class-action lawsuit in 2004 seeks reparations for the descendants of American slaves.
Ayana Mathis, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” 7:15 p.m. March 21. Talk and signing. Free. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. An Oprah Book Club selection, Mathis’ debut novel tells the story of the Great Migration of African-Americans through the trials and triumphs of Hattie Shepherd, who flees Georgia for a new life in Philadelphia in the 1920s.
Gyanendra Pandey, “A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States.” 6:30 p.m. March 21. Lecture and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. Pandey examines the multiple dimensions of prejudice in two of the world’s leading democracies, comparing the historical struggles of Indian Dalits (once known as Untouchables) and African-Americans.
Harlan Coben, “Six Years.” 6:30 p.m. March 22. Signed book sale. Free. Peerless Book Store, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-650-7323, www.peerlessbookstore.com. This is not an author appearance, but Peerless will be selling signed copies of Coben’s new book.
Rachel Maddow, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.” 8 p.m. March 23. $20-$40. Tickets available by phone or online (each ticket includes signed paperback copy). Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.woodruffcenter.org. Tickets also are still available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office as well as at A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. N.E, Atlanta. Box office hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-8 p.m Saturdays and Sundays.
Rafael Ocasio, “Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo: From Plantations to the Slums.” 3 p.m. March 23. Discussion and signing. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001, www.afpls.org/aarl. The Charles A. Dana professor of Spanish and director of Asian Studies at Agnes Scott College will discuss his latest publication, which critically examines factors in our understanding of 19th century Afro-Cuban culture and national identity.
I must apologize to Herb Shafer for misquoting him. “I’m not going to have any jacklick judge get me to bow down,” I quoted him saying after he was released from the Douglas County jail (he was feuding with a judge, who tossed him behind bars).
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