David Zierler, "The Invention of Ecocide." 7 p.m. May 18. Discussion and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.
Zierler examines the movement to ban the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides in view of the rise of a global environmental consciousness.
Michelle Au, "This Won't Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood." 7 p.m. May 19. Members $5, nonmembers $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, www.atlantahistorycenter.com.
Au, an attending physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital, recounts her medical education, her struggles to maintain a life outside the hospital, and the demands of being both parent and physician.
Laura Dave, "First Husband," in conversation with Emily Giffin, "Something Borrowed." 7 p.m. May 19. Book discussion. Free. Barnes & Noble Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-261-7747, http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/1907.
Anna Jean Mayhew, "The Dry Grass of August." 2 p.m. May 20. Signing. Free. Book Worm Bookstore, 4451 Marietta St., Powder Springs. 770-439-2029, www.thebookwormonline.com.
In Mayhew’s hard-hitting coming-of-age tale, a young teen, her family and their black maid leave for a Florida vacation in 1954. The anti-integration signs spotted along the way are just a hint of the shocking turn their trip will take.