Four Women: A Poetry Event featuring Erin Claridy, Theresa Davis, Nikki Gray, and Ashlee Haze. To celebrate Black History Month, and inspired by the work of singer-songwriter and social activist Nina Simone, four poets will add their voices to hers—challenging perceptions, defying conventions, and owning their womanhood. 7:15 p.m. Feb. 26. Readings. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285, georgiacenterforthebook.org/
Michael Marberry, Cassie Gonzales. Two recent graduates from Emory’s Creative Writing Program will read their work: Marberry, the 2017-2019 Fellow in Poetry, and Gonzales, 2017-2019 Fellow in Fiction. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Poetry reading, signing, reception. Free. Emory University, Joseph W. Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, 404-727-6861, creativewriting.emory.edu
Tim Dorsey, “The Pope of Palm Beach.” From Florida’s king of mayhem comes a new adventure featuring Serge A. Storms, who embarks on a literary pilgrimage back to the seaside town where he grew up. 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Signing, snacks, refreshments. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, eagleeyebooks.com. Also appearing: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com.
Carapace: Not From Around Here. Bring a five to seven-minute story about what it was like to meet or be the outsider, the new guy or girl in town; or tell about your encounter with a mysterious stranger (was it you?). 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Storytelling. Free. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. Atlanta, 404-525-3447, manuelstavern.com/
Brian Kilmeade, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny.” The bestselling authors of “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” bring to life one of the most pivotal—and surprising—battles in American history. 7 p.m. March 2. Signing. Free. Barnes & Noble Town Center Prado, 50 Barrett Pkwy Suite 3000, Building 3, Marietta, 770-422-2261, stores.barnesandnoble.com
Steven Pinker, “Enlightenment Now.” Cognitive scientist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and, instead, follow the data: Life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise worldwide. 7 p.m. March 2. Talk, signing. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW., Atlanta, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com
Jon Jefferson, “Wave of Terror.” Jefferson (of Jefferson Bass fame) presents his new novel, about an unthinkable terrorist plot and an astronomer who senses that explosive seismic shifts along a geologic fault line are intentional: Someone is determined to trigger a mega tsunami. 2 p.m. March 3. Signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com