Kristin Hannah, “The Nightingale.” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Talk, signing. $15. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. atlantajcc.org. Hannah tells the story of two sisters’ dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied France. In conversation with Greg Changnon.
Daniel Demeter, “Lens on Syria.” 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Lecture, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events. This visual portrait of pre-war Syria serves as a record of the country’s history and culture.
Carapace: Artful Dodges. 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Storytelling. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-525-3447, manuelstavern.com/home.html. Bring your 5-minute story about the near-miss, mishap, awkward moment you dodged — or tried to.
Wenonah Hauter, “Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment.” 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Reading, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events. Hauter describes how fracking began, the technologies behind it and its destructive impact.
Patrick Phillips, “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America.” 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Talk, signing. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/category/author-programs. In 1912, 1,100 black citizens fled white terrorism in Forsyth County. Recalling his own childhood in the 1970s, Phillips sheds light on his hometown and the violent means by which locals kept Forsyth “all white” well into the 1990s.
Mark Doty, Ginger Murchison. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Poetry readings. Free. Kress Auditorium, Georgia Tech, 500 10th St., Atlanta. 404-894-2000, poetry.gatech.edu/events. Doty is the author of nine books of poetry and three memoirs. Murchison helped found Poetry at Tech.
“The Book As Art: White Glove Night.” 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Exhibit. Periodicals Gallery, Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; georgiacenterforthebook.org/events/show.php?id=912. An exhibition of inventive art books that allows you to flip, fold, crank and discover what’s hidden in their pages. Featured speakers: Lauri Jones, Ayana Dereef and Cynthia Lollis.
An Evening of Poly Abundance With Tikva Wolf and Elisabeth Sheff. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Talk, signing. Suggested donation: $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, charisbooksandmore.com. Wolf (“Ask Me About Polyamory”) and Sheff (“When Someone You Love is Polyamorous”) offer useful advice and answer questions about polyamory and queer and genderqueer issues.
Mignon Ballard, “Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel.” 2 p.m. Oct. 1. Talk, reading, signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, 2105 LaVista Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-636-2498, talltalesatlanta.com/events.html. In the newest book in Ballard’s World War II-era series, a first-grade teacher-sleuth teams up with a guardian angel to track down the killer of a mysterious young woman.
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