Author events, Feb. 14-20

Dawn Tripp, "Georgia." 7:15 p.m. Feb. 15. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; Tripp's novel looks at Georgia O'Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.

Allyson Hobbs, "A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life." Noon Feb. 15. Reading, discussion, signing. Free. Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-6861, In this Race and Difference colloquium, Hobbs, an assistant professor of history at Stanford University, discusses the phenomenon of racial passing in the U.S. from the late 18th century to the present.

Peter Laurence, "Becoming Jane Jacobs." 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Lecture, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, Laurence, associate professor of architectural history, theory and design at Clemson University, tells the story of a woman universally recognized as one of the key figures in American urbanism.

Morris Mapp, "From Shanty to Fancy." 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Reading, signing. Ages 4-6. Free. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, College Park Branch, 3647 Main St., College Park. 404-762-4060, Mapp will read from his book about Atlanta's Alonzo Herndon, who rose from slavery to become a millionaire.

Joel Grey, "Master of Ceremonies." 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Talk, signing. $15. Marcus Jewish Community Center-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4000, Grey, the Academy Award-winning master of ceremonies in the film "Cabaret," offers a memoir of a life lived in and out of the limelight.

Taylor Brown, "Fallen Land." 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Talk, signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, This Georgia-born author's debut novel, set in the final year of the Civil War, follows a teenage couple fleeing a band of marauders who seek a bounty reward.

Joshilyn Jackson, "The Opposite of Everyone." 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18. Talk, signing, tasting, reception. Free. RSVP recommended. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; Decatur resident Jackson returns with a tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

Rashod Ollison, "Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl." 6 p.m. Feb. 20. Signing. Free. A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-681-5128, Growing up in rural Arkansas, journalist Ollison turned to music to make sense of his life, and found his difficult childhood reflected in R&B songs.

Jim Barfield, "Box Cars." Noon Feb. 20. Talk, signing. Ages 13 and up. Free. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Kirkwood Branch, 11 Kirkwood Road S.E., Atlanta. 404-377-6471, Barfield writes about a Jewish teenager who joins the French Resistance and meets up with a Romani girl on the run from the Nazis.