Lostintheletters presents: Ben Spivey, Dierdre Sugiuchi, Jamie Iredell, Jenny Sadre-Orafai. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Readings. Free. Highland Inn Ballroom, 644 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-874- 5756, Ext. 450; www.facebook.com/Lostintheletters.
Poetry Atlanta presents: Michael Diebert, Kodac Harrison and Ed Plavic. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 23. Readings. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. Three local poets have new books out: “Life Outside the Set” (Diebert), “The Turtle and the Moon” (Harrison) and “Visiting Hours at the Color Line” (Plavic). The evening’s host is poet and novelist Collin Kelley.
54th annual AAUW Bookfair. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 23–28, 12-7 p.m. Sept. 29. Book sale. Free. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-261-7646, http://bookfairaauw.org. The American Association of University Women’s book fair takes place during mall hours, with 75,000-plus bargain-priced books in more than 50 categories, including first editions, autographed collectibles and an excellent selection of children’s books.
Carapace: Defiance. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Oral storytelling. Free. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. Atlanta. 404-525-3447, http://manuelstavern.com. When was the last time you showed guts, threw down the gauntlet, and gave ’em what for? Carapace double-dog dares you to bring your story! Or you can always come and listen.
Sena Jeter Naslund, “The Fountain of St. James Court; Or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.” 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Lecture and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. The author of “Ahab’s Wife” enchants readers with a tale of two worlds: An aging writer in modern-day Louisville writes about a painter in revolutionary France.
Kevin Phillips, “1775: A Good Year for Revolution.” 7:15 p.m. Sept. 25. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. Pulitzer Prize winner Phillips (“American Theocracy,” “American Dynasty”) surveys the political climate, economic structures and military preparations of 1775.
Jefferson Bass, “Cut to the Bone.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Reading and signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com. Bass’ long-awaited prequel turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm’s creation — and its founder’s deadly duel with a serial killer.
Sam Freedman, “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.” 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Reading and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. Freedman brings to life the battle for the 1967 black college championship between Grambling College and Florida A&M.
Georgia Tech Bourne Poetry Readings: Terrance Hayes and Afaa Michael Weaver. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. Kress Auditorium, Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, 500 10th St., N.W., Atlanta. http://poetry.gatech.edu/events.html.
What’s New in Poetry: Rae Armantrout. 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Reading. Free. Ground Floor, Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1390 Oxford Road, Atlanta. www.poetrycouncil.campuslifetech.org/the-whats-new-in-poetry-reading-series/2012-2013. Armantrout (“Just Saying”), one of the founding members of the West Coast group of language poets, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her 2010 collection “Versed.”
Cassandra King, “Moonrise.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Talk and signing. Free, registration required. Atlanta-Fulton County Library Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. 770-360-8820, www.afpls.org/northeast-spruill-oaks-branch. Also appearing: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com. 2 p.m. Sept. 28. Signing. Free. Barnes & Noble Perimeter, http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2846. In a novel inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic “Rebecca,” a woman falls in love with a television journalist whose wife died in a tragic accident.
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