Alex Bledsoe, “Long Black Curl.” 3 p.m. July 19. Talk, signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, eagleeyebooks.com. Drawing inspiration from Appalachian folklore, Bledsoe (“The Hum and the Shiver”) tells a tale of music and magic.
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, “The Migrant Report.” 1:30 p.m. July 19. Book launch, signing. Free. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, charisbooksandmore.com/event/book-signing-mohanalakshmi-rajakumar-author-migrant-report. Amid thousands of migrant workers flooding the Arabian Gulf, a Nepalese construction worker and his sister struggle to keep their young siblings out of poverty.
Rob Weintraub, “No Better Friend.” 7 p.m. July 21. Talk, signing. Free. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. 770-270-8234, georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=797. Weintraub tells of a Royal Air Force technician and his purebred pointer, who met in a World War II internment camp.
Jim Auchmutey, “The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness.” 7 p.m. July 21. Talk, signing. Free. RSVP recommended. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/lectures. At the center of Auchmutey’s story is a student from the Christian commune that gave birth to Habitat for Humanity, and the persecution he suffered at the local high school during desegregation.
Scott Hawkins, “The Library at Mount Char.” 7:15 p.m. July 22. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=798. Atlanta author Hawkins’ debut introduces a Buddhist burglar-turned-plumber, a lion named Naga, and the most terrifying killer ever to don a tutu.
Laura McNeill, “Center of Gravity.” 4 p.m. July 25. Talk, signing. Free. A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-681-5128, acappellabooks.com/event/laura-mcneill-book-signing. McNeill’s debut novel, set in Alabama, looks at an imploding marriage through the eyes of an 8-year-old boy and his mother.
Erika Swyler, “The Book of Speculation.” 5 p.m. July 25. Talk, signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com/events. Swyler’s debut features circus mermaids, tarot readers and a family curse.
Advance tickets: Ta-Nehesi Coates, “Between the World and Me.” 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Reading, signing. $26-$36, includes signed copy of the book. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, 404-865-7100, acappellabooks.com/event/ta-nehisi-coates-book-signing. Tickets may be purchased at A Cappella Books in Inman Park or at acappellabooks.com. Coates combines a letter to his teenage son with a meditation on race in America.
Advance tickets: Diana Nyad, “Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life.” 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Reading, signing. $29-$39, includes signed copy of the book. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, 404-865-7100, acappellabooks.com/event/diana-nyad-book-signing. Tickets may be purchased at A Cappella Books or at acappellabooks.com. Nyad describes her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida at age 64.
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