Jan Willis, "Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist." 7:30 p.m. April 8. Talk and signing. Free. $5 suggested donation. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/dreaming-me-black-baptist-and-buddhist-jan-willis. In her new memoir, Willis weaves together diverse influences, from her Baptist childhood in the segregated South to the Buddhist beliefs that enabled her to understand herself and the world around her.
President Jimmy Carter, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power." 6 p.m. April 9. Signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. Seating begins at 4 p.m. Carter will sign up to five books per person (at least one of which must be his new book). No memorabilia, personalization or photos while in line. Bags and packs not allowed. Copies of the book can be purchased at the library's museum store. 404-865-7100, jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events. Carter's new book addresses international discrimination and violence against women and girls.
Lee Passarella and Robert E. Wood. 8 p.m. April 9. Poetry reading. $3-$5. Cash or check only. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-872-5338, Ext. 228; callanwolde.org/calendar.
Ivy Hall Writers Series: Terra McVoy. 6 p.m. April 10. Talk and signing. Free. SCAD's Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta. 404-253-3324, scad.edu/event/2014-04-10-get-deep-during-lecture-criminal-author-terra-mcvoy. McVoy will discuss her 2011 novel, "Criminal," as well as her forthcoming book, "In Deep," about an ultra competitive swimmer with a desire to win at any cost.
Aric Davis, John Carroll, Amy Stufflebeam, James Silver and Daniel Lamb. 8 p.m. April 10. Readings. Free. Mature content. Rodriguez Room, Atlanta Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St., Atlanta. facebook.com/TheGoatFarmArtsCenter. Celebrate the anniversary of the Five Hundred, an Atlanta-based online flash-fiction journal showcasing the work of established and developing writers.
Jamie Quatro, James Scott, Laura van den Berg and Urban Waite. 7:15p.m. April 10. Readings. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=685. Quatro's debut collection, "I Want to Show You More," is a New York Times notable book and a finalist for the Townsend Fiction Prize. Van den Berg's "The Isle of Youth" was named a best book of 2013 by NPR, Amazon and O, the Oprah Magazine. Waite's latest book is "The Carrion Birds," and Scott is the author of "The Kept."
Ellen Griffith Spears, "Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution and Justice in an All-American Town." 7 p.m. April 10. Talk and signing. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001, Ext. 100; afpls.org/events-aarl. Spears will discuss how the citizens of Anniston, Ala., fought agrochemical giant Monsanto over the dumping of polychlorinated biphenyls on the city's westside.