Mark Pendergrast, “City on the Verge: Metro Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future.” Atlanta author Pendergrast (“For God, Country & Coca-Cola”) presents a deeply researched, multi-faceted history of the biggest city in America’s Southeast, using the Beltline saga to explore issues of race, education, public health, transportation, business, philanthropy, urban planning, religion, politics, and community. An inspiring narrative of ordinary Americans taking charge of their local communities, the book provides a model for how cities across the country can reinvent themselves. 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Meet n’ greet, talk, discussion. Free. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave. NE., Ste. 201, Atlanta, 404-946-3791, www.citywinery.com/atlanta
Jesse Byrd, “King Penguin.” Join the conversation with the author and businessman (and son of Mary B. Morrison) as he discusses his award-winning young adult novel, “King Penguin,” the story of a refugee penguin growing up during a power struggle in South Africa. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Discussion, signing. Free. Teens. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Buckhead Branch, 269 Buckhead Ave. NE., Atlanta, 404-814-3500, www.afpls.org/buckhead-branch
Mary B. Morrison, “The One I’ve Waited For.” Morrison believes women must manifest their destiny by overcoming heart-wrenching challenges. Join this Women Empowerment Conversation with the unapologetic voice of the bestselling author of the Crystal Series as she strives to eradicate double standards. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Talk, signing. Free. Adults, RSVP required. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Buckhead Branch, 269 Buckhead Ave. NE., Atlanta, 404-814-3500, www.afpls.org/buckhead-branch
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