Author events Feb. 2-8

David Beasley, "Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South." 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Discussion and signing. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001, Ext. 100,!/pages/Auburn-Avenue-Research-Library-on-African-American-Culture-and-History/63571610298. The 1938 mass execution of six black men and the rise to power of Georgia's Klansman Gov. E.D. Rivers collide in this true story of race, crime and corruption by former Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Beasley (co-author, "Inside Coca-Cola").

Also appearing: 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Signing. Free. Eagle Eye Bookstore, And 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Reading and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater,

Nix Mann Endowed Lecture: Isabel Wilkerson. 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Talk and signing. Free. Reception Hall, Level Three, Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-4282, Wilkerson ("The Warmth of Other Suns") explores the Great Migration through the life of acclaimed artist Romare Bearden, known for his raw and vivid depictions of African-American life.

Anna Quindlen, "Still Life With Bread Crumbs." 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Reading and signing. Ticketed event. $28 individual, $38 for couples includes copy of the book. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, In Quindlen's eighth novel, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women takes refuge in the middle of nowhere — and discovers that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life. Tickets at

Joshua Zeitz, "Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image." 7:15 p.m. Feb. 4. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225, Drawing from the journals, letters and memoirs of many political figures, Zeitz shows how Abraham Lincoln's image as an American hero was created through the accounts of the men who fought to establish his heroic legacy.

Cokie Roberts, "Founding Mothers: Ladies of Liberty." 7 p.m. Feb 5. Reading and signing. Free. Alfred and Adele Davis Academy Middle School, 7901 Roberts Drive, Atlanta. 770-804-9191, In a picture book based on her adult book of the same title, Roberts highlights female patriots of the American Revolution such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley and others.

Jessica Handler, "Braving the Fire." 6 p.m. Feb. 5. Talk and signing. Free. SCAD's Ivy Hall Writers Series, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-253-3324, Handler's insightful new book (after "Invisible Sisters") offers a roadmap for those who wish to write honestly about grief and loss, exploring the challenges and rewards of becoming the memory keeper.

McEver Poetry Reading: Sandra Meek, Bruce McEver and Rupert Fike. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Readings. Free. Kress Auditorium @The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum (Institute of Paper Science & Technology), 500 10th St. N.W., Atlanta.

Aiken Lecture: William Link, "Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath." 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Lecture and signing. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150,

Colin Meloy, "Wildwood Imperium." 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Reading. Adult $15, child $10. Kavarna Bar & Coffeeshop, 707 East Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-371-1113,!/calendar/. The third book in the fantasy-adventure Wildwood Chronicles continues the tale of Prue McKeel and her adventures in the "Impassable Wilderness," a fantastical version of Portland, Oregon's Forest Park.

Nan and Helen Marshall, "What Would George Do? Advice From Our Founding Father." 2 p.m. Feb. 8. Talk and signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-636-2498, The Marshalls' modern reading on the timeless principles of Washington's classic "Rules of Civility" combines vignettes from his life with practical advice on how to behave in a frazzled 21st-century America.

Advance tickets: Paul Muldoon Poetry Reading. 4 p.m. Feb 22. Reading and signing. Free. Tickets required. Glenn Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Tickets available through the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office, by phone (404-727-5050), and online at A limited number of tickets are available at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Book Shop and Little Shop of Stories.