Marvin Williams, “Athletic Racism and Brown vs. Board of Education.” 3 p.m. Feb. 21. Talk, signing. Free. Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St., Atlanta. 404-612-0500, afpls.org/events-aarl. Williams will discuss the complex relationship between racism, education and athletics.
Tim Dorsey, “Coconut Cowboy.” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com/events. Also appearing: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Talk, signing, silent auction. Free. Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center, 10 College St. N.W., Norcross. 770-978-5154, gwinnettpl.org/event. Inspired by “Easy Rider,” Florida’s favorite trigger-happy vigilante history teacher hits the road.
Kristopher Jansma, “Why We Came to the City.” 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Talk, signing. Free. Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta. 404-253-3324, acappellabooks.com/event. Jansma’s new novel follows a group of college friends during the Great Recession.
Hank Phillippi Ryan, “What You See.” 7:15 p.m. Feb. 22. Talk, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; georgiacenterforthebook.org/events. In the latest Jane Ryland mystery, a wedding flower girl is believed abducted by her stepfather.
Carapace: Taking chances. Feb. 23. Storytelling. Free. Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta. 470-225-6162, venkmans.com. Tell your 5-minute story about the time you stuck your neck out, surrendered to luck or took a gamble.
Trudy Nan Boyce, “Out of the Blues.” 7:15 p.m. Feb. 23. Reading, signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285; georgiacenterforthebook.org/events. Former Atlanta beat cop Boyce introduces Sarah “Salt” Alt, a detective working the cold-case murder of a blues musician. In conversation with columnist Doug Monroe.
Joshilyn Jackson, “The Opposite of Everyone.” 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Talk, signing. $5. Bookmiser, 4651 Sandy Plains Road, Roswell. 770-993-1555, bookmiser.net. Decatur resident Jackson offers a tale of love and the power of stories to shape our lives.
Greg-Jobin Leeds, Deymirie Hernández and José Jorge Díaz, “When We Fight, We Win! Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Suggested donation: $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-0304, charisbooksandmore.com. Stories of today’s most successful activists and artists.
Leonard Teel, “Reporting the Cuban Revolution: How Castro Manipulated American Journalists.” 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Talk, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, acappellabooks.com/event. Georgia State University professor Teel shows how media coverage unintentionally altered U.S. foreign policy in Fidel Castro’s favor.
Gail Lumet Buckley, “The Black Calhouns.” 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Talk, signing. $10. Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-7015, atlantahistorycenter.com/tags/lectures. Lena Horne’s daughter delves into her family history.
Andrew Motion and Niillas Holmberg. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Poetry readings. Free. Kress Auditorium, Georgia Tech, 500 10th St., Atlanta. 404-894-2000, poetry.gatech.edu/events.html. Motion is a former U.K. poet laureate. Holmberg, from Finland, published “The Way Back,” a collection translated from the Northern Sámi language.
Cory Booker, “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good.” 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Talk, signing. $29-$39, includes signed book. North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Parkway N.W., Atlanta. 404-802-4700, acappellabooks.com/event. Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, argues for politics based on compassion, solidarity and hope.
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