Author events, Feb. 15-21

Jim Grimsley, "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood." 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Reading, signing. Emory University's Joseph W. Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-6861, Grimsley won the American Library Association Stonewall Prize for his novel "Dream Boy." In his upcoming memoir, he recalls the integration of his school system in eastern North Carolina in 1966.

Alan Lightman, "Screening Room: Family Pictures." 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Talk, signing. Free; reservations recommended. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, Lightman ("Einstein's Dreams") returns with a memoir focusing on his family roots in Memphis, including encounters with Elvis Presley and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jamie Mason, "Monday's Lie." 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Reading, signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, From the author of "Three Graves Full" comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her past to confirm her suspicion that her husband wants her dead.

Ai-Jen Poo, "The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America." 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Suggested donation: $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, The director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance will lead a discussion of the changes in culture and policy needed for people to age with dignity, independence and self-determination. Atlanta chapter director Tamieka Atkins will moderate.

Sara Blaedel, "The Forgotten Girls," with Karin Slaughter. 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, Atlanta author Slaughter ("Cop Town") joins Danish crime writer Blaedel to talk about her latest novel, which stars detective Louise Rick as head of a new missing-persons department.

Tom Chaffin, "Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary." 8 p.m. Feb 18. Talk, signing. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, Atlanta author Chaffin ("Sea of Gray") chronicles a transformational episode — Douglass' 1845-47 lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland and England.

David Rothkopf, "National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear." 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Reading, discussion, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, Rothkopf examines how the threat of terrorism led America's presidents to adopt fear as a national policy.

Carol Ann Duffy. 4 p.m. Feb. 21. Poetry reading. Free. Emory University's Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050, The first female — and the first openly lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender person — to be named Britain's poet laureate, Duffy writes about love, death and women's lives.

Zellie Rainey Orr, "First Top Guns." 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Talk, signing. Free. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. 770-640-3075, Historian Orr will discuss black World War II aviation history, notably the Tuskegee Airmen.