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, atlantahistorycenter.com/visit/event/688?calendar=month. 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, jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events. 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, web.library.emory.edu/news-events/news/2015/carol-ann-duffy-reading.html. 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, afplweb.com/roswell-branch6. Historian Orr will discuss black World War II aviation history, notably the Tuskegee Airmen.