Author events, Dec. 4-10

Caroline Preston, "The Scrapbook of Frankie Platt." 7:15 p.m. Dec. 5, talk/signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

Preston’s "scrapbook novel” transports readers back to the bohemian culture of the 1920s.

Philip Grose, "Looking for Utopia: The Life and Times of John C. West." 7 p.m. Dec. 6, lecture/book signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.

Grose profiles the South Carolina legislator and governor -- and later ambassador to Saudi Arabia -- whose political career was spent on the threshold of dissent and nonconformity. Joining Grose will be West’s son, Jack.

Charles C. Mann, "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created." 7 p.m. Dec. 7, talk/signing. Free. Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-4282, www.carlos.emory.edu.

The sequel to Mann’s “1491” chronicles the ecological impact on the Americas of thousands of new species from Europe.

Catherine Crier, "Patriot Acts." 7 p.m. Dec 7, lecture/signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.

One of the most respected figures in television journalism presents an incisive, unbiased analysis of the nation's political crisis. Ted Turner will introduce Crier.

Scott Wallace, "The Unconquered." 7 p.m. Dec. 7, signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, http://eagleeyebooks.com.

Wallace takes the reader deep into the Amazon to track one of the planet's last indigenous tribes: the mysterious "People of the Arrow."

Poetry Reading with Anselm and Edmund Berrigan. 8 p.m. Dec. 8, free. Barnes & Noble at Emory, 1390 Oxford Road, Decatur. 404-727-6222, http://emory.bncollege.com.

The sons of the late poet Ted Berrigan have been standard-bearers in the New York City poetry scene since the late '90s.

Norton Juster and Leonard Marcus, "The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth." 7 p.m. Dec. 9, talk and signing. Free with ticket (available at Little Shop of Stories). Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-373-6300, www.littleshopofstories.com.

The 50th edition of Juster’s classic children’s book includes interviews, excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts, and much more.

Jill Dubin and Eileen Cooley, "Why Do My Feet Say Yes When My Head Says No?" 4 p.m. Dec. 10, free signing and illustration demonstration. Tall Tales Book Shop, 2105 LaVista Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-636-2498.

In this simple-to-read book, children learn to solve everyday problems.