Author events, May 15-21

James Stewart, "Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff." 8 p.m. May 16. Members $5, nonmembers $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

River Jordan, "Praying For Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit." 6:30 p.m. May 17. Reading. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com.

Jordan’s memoir recalls the year she decided to pray for a complete stranger every day -- with extraordinary results.

Tom Franklin, "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter." 7:15 p.m. May 17. Reading and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. Also appearing: 7 p.m. May 20. Foxtale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com.

Mississippi author Franklin (“Hell at the Breech”) tells the story of two boyhood pals forced to confront the tragic past they've buried and ignored for decades.

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.