This week's literary events

Lemony Snicket, "Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions)." 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Talk and signing. Free. Little Shop of Stories, 133A E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-373-6300, In this "autobiographical" mystery, the teenaged Snicket ("A Series of Unfortunate Events") recounts his early training as a secret investigator.

Amy Stewart, "The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks." 7:15 p.m. Oct. 21. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; Stewart, author of "Wicked Bugs and Wicked Plants," turns her attention to the world of brewing and distilling. Tisanes brewed from herbs grown in the garden will be served at 6 p.m., with a signing at 6:30.

Billy Collins, "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems." 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Reading and signing. $28-$38. Ticketed event. Tickets include signed first-edition book; available at Carter Center Day Chapel, Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, Two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Collins will read and sign his first new compilation of poems in 12 years.

From Feminist Afro-Futurism to Magical Realism: Kiini Ibura Salaam ("Ancient, Ancient") and Chesya Burke ("Let's Play White"). 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Suggested donation $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, Salaam and Burke will discuss the state of genre-bending fiction today.

Isabel Wilkerson, "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration." 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Discussion and signing. $10. Events space, Fourth Floor, Building C, SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-253-3100, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Wilkerson explores the migration of 6 million African-Americans who left the South for Northern and Western cities between 1915 and 1970 in search of a better life.

Brad Meltzer, "History Decoded." 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Lecture and signing. $13-$18. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4000, Adapted from "Decoded," Meltzer's hit TV show, his new book explores 10 intriguing conspiracies, including the fate of John Wilkes Booth, UFOs and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Dave Isay, "Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps." 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Lecture and signing. $5-$10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, Isay, founder of StoryCorps, has collected interviews with Americans for a decade.

John Dermot Woods, "Activities," and Edward Mullany, "Figures for an Apocalypse." 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Reading, multimedia. Free. Solar Anus, 421 2nd Avenue N.E., Atlanta. A launch for two new books will feature special guests and a 40-minute multimedia show.

Brad Butkovich, "The Battle of Pickett's Mill: Along the Dead Line." 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Talk and signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, Through letters, newspaper accounts and unit histories, Butkovich brings to life the May 1864 battle in Paulding County.

Retro-Futuristic Worlds of Steam and Diesel Funk: The Speculative Re-engineering of Africana Histories and Heroes. 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Discussion. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001, Ext. 100; Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction month with a discussion about emerging literary genres featuring black heroes and heroines.