Author events, Nov. 15-21

Tanwi Nandini Islam, "Bright Lines." 7:15 p.m. Nov. 16. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; Islam's debut novel follows three women struggling to make peace with their past. In conversation with poet Jericho Brown.

Winston Groom, "The Generals." 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Talk, signing. Free. Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center, 10 College St., Norcross. 770-978-5154, The author of "Forrest Gump" tells the intertwined tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Kazim Ali. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Reading, discussion. Free. Atlanta-Fulton Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta. 404-730-1700, Ali is a Muslim-American poet.

Jane Smiley, "Golden Age." 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Reading, signing. Free. Cecil B. Day Chapel, Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, Smiley concludes her Last Hundred Years trilogy.

Stephen P. Georgeson, "Atlanta Greeks: An Early History." 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Reading, signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, 2105 LaVista Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-636-2498, Georgeson tells how 19th-century Greek immigrants to Atlanta moved from being fruit vendors into more established businesses.

Betty Caroli, "Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President." 8 p.m. Nov 18. Talk, signing. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, Caroli shows how Lady Bird Johnson worked quietly behind the scenes as a strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker and therapist.

Brigitte Byrd, Bruce Beasley and Andrea Cohen. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Poetry readings. Free. Kress Auditorium, Georgia Tech, 500 10th St., Atlanta. 404-894-2000,

Toni Tipton-Martin, "The Jemima Code and the Culinary Legacy of Black Women." 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Dinner, discussion. $70, includes reception, dinner. H. Harper Station, 904 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 404-681-5128, Tipton-Martin looks at the history of African-American cooking. H. Harper Station's Shakeenia Jefferson and Todd Richards of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails will prepare dinner.

Sue Grafton, "X." 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Talk, signing. Free. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. 404-373-1653, In Grafton's latest, Kinsey Millhone must prove her case against a serial killer before she becomes his next victim. Joining Grafton onstage will be Atlanta author Amanda Kyle Williams.

Susan Hayward and Katherine Marshall, "Women, Religion and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen." 7 p.m. Nov. 20. Reading, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, The authors examine the obstacles and opportunities faced by women of faith working for peace.

Dasha Kelly, "Almost Crimson." 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Talk, signing. Suggested donation: $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, Kelly writes about a woman who tries to live life on her own terms while caring for her mother.