Author events, Sept. 14-20

Lisa Wingate, "The Story Keeper." 6 p.m. Sept. 15. Potluck, discussion. Free. Reservations recommended. Book Exchange, 2932 Canton Road, Marietta. 770-427-4848, Also appearing: noon Sept. 16. Talk, signing. $10. North Metro Baptist Church, 1026 Old Peachtree Road N.E., Lawrenceville. 770-995-9055, In Wingate's novel, an editor comes across an anonymous manuscript about a mixed-race girl trapped by dangerous men in turn-of-the-century Appalachia.

Chris Guillebeau, "The Happiness of Pursuit." 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Talk, signing. Free. A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-681-5128, In pursuit of his goal to visit every country in the world, Guillebeau encountered a surprising number of people working toward extraordinary goals.

Renea Winchester, "Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches," and Lisa Wingate, "The Story Keeper." 6:30 p.m. Sept 16. Talk, signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, Winchester's "love letter to the South" is full of stories, recipes and tips for both the inexperienced and veteran gardener.

Penny Mickelbury, "Belle City." 7:15 p.m. Sept. 17. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; Mickelbury's novel is an intergenerational saga told from the perspectives of an interracial couple and their descendants.

Luis Alberto Urrea, "Into the Beautiful North." 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. Reservations recommended. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, Urrea's novel, this year's Big Read, takes place along the U.S.-Mexico border. Big Read events run Sept. 15-Oct. 1:

Doug Tallamy, "Let It Be an Oak." 7:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Coffee, pastries, talk, signing. Free. Reservations required. Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, 225 Chester Avenue S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-4097, Tallamy will compare oak species with other popular shade trees in terms of their ecological impact.

Christopher Bundy, Louise McKinney and Bobbin Wages. 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Reading. Free. Kavarna Bar & Coffeeshop, 707 East Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-371-1113, The three writers will present artifacts from their past and the true stories behind them.

Eric Shonkwiler, "Above All Men." 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Talk, signing. Free. A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-681-5128, A war veteran fights to keep his family and farm in Shonkwiler's dystopic Midwestern gothic.

Laird Hunt, "Neverhome," and Todd Seabrook, "The Imagination of Lewis Carroll." 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Reading, book launch. Free. Highland Inn Ballroom, 644 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-681-5128, Hunt's novel tells of a farmer's wife who dons the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Seabrook's fabulist biography invites readers to experience the world as Carroll did — down the rabbit hole of imagination.

Laurel-Ann Dooley, "Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History," and Joseph Earl Dabney, "Mountain Spirits: A Chronicle of Corn Whiskey & the Southern Appalachian Moonshine Tradition." 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Reading, signing. Free. Atlanta Vintage Books, 3660 Clairmont Road, Chamblee. 770-457-2919,