Author events, Nov. 23-29

John D. Cressler: What Medieval Muslim Spain Can Teach Us About Achieving Peace in Our Broken World. 7 p.m. Nov. 23. Talk, discussion, signing. Free. Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N. Main Street, Alpharetta. 770-410-5700, Georgia Tech professor Cressler has written a novel ("Shadows in the Shining City") set in 10th century Córdoba during a period when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony. His presentation will include background on this period and visiting Córdoba, as well as a discussion of the achievements of medieval Muslim Spain and their relevance for today's world.

Bill Roorbach, "The Remedy for Love." 7:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; Snowbound in Maine, a lawyer finds himself thrown together with an unstable young woman whose cabin deep in the woods has no electricity, plumbing or heat. As the storm intensifies, the two are forced to ride it out together. A combination survival story and romance, the latest from Roorbach ("Life Among Giants") is a moving, funny and harrowing story about the truths revealed when there's no time or space for artifice.

George Weinstein, "The Caretaker." 1 p.m. Nov. 29. Reading, signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, When a car accident leaves a ballerina handicapped, she must decide whether independence is worth more than love, and if having one means giving up the other. Roswell resident Weinstein ("Hardscrabble Road") is a past president of the Atlanta Writers Club.

Indies First, Small Business Saturday. Nov 29. Meet-and-greets. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, For more participating stores and authors, go to Atlanta independent bookstores will present local authors on Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First, which encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, giving back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors. Drop by for signed copies of their books, recommendations on their favorite reads, snacks and music. Guest authors will include Mary Kay Andrews, Lynn Cullen, Carmen Deedy, Marc Fitten, David Fulmer, Jessica Handler, Joshilyn Jackson, Collin Kelley, Hank Klibanoff, Charles McNair, Tom Mullen and Renea Winchester.