Celeste Headlee, “We Need to Talk.” Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most, Headlee’s smart strategies can help you have conversations that matter. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com
Pope Brock, “Another Fine Mess.” In his satirical look at what life might be like living on the moon, Brock (“Indiana Gothic,” “Charlatan”) explores the possibility of colonizing outer space. 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Reading, discussion, signing. Free. A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. NE., Atlanta, 404-681-5128, acappellabooks.com
James Reston Jr., “Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial.” Bestselling historian and army veteran Reston tells the story of the culture war that raged between 1979 and 1984 over the selection of Asian-American architecture student Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam War memorial. 7 p.m. Oct 16. Talk, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, 404-865-7100, jimmycarterlibrary.gov
Daren Wang, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires.” A strong-willed abolitionist defies her secessionist northern town when she tries to help an escaped slave cross to freedom in nearby Canada, dogged by bounty hunters and the ever-present drumbeat of the Civil War. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Talk, signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, eagleeyebooks.com
Ian Doescher, “Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh.” Experience “The Force Awakens” as a play by the Bard! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, theatrical stage directions, and reimagined movie scenes and dialogue. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com
Mike Wallace, “Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919.” In this sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898,” Wallace continues the chronicle of New York’s transformation into a megalopolis with global reach. 7 p.m. Oct. 19. $10. Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. NE., Atlanta, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com
Kimberly Simms, “Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill.” Southern storyteller and poet Simms chronicles the lives of textile workers in the rural South with historical accuracy and imaginative insight in a debut collection that includes photographs by Lewis Hine. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Book release, reading, signing. Free. $5 suggested donation. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE., Atlanta, 404-524-0304, charisbooksandmore.com/
David Fulmer, “Eclipse Alley.” In the sixth mystery of Fulmer’s award-winning Valentin St. Cyr mystery series, two “sporting girls” walking home through New Orleans’ Storyville district in 1916 come upon a body that’s been hideously ravaged. 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Book launch, signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-486-0307, eagleeyebooks.com
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