Author events, Dec. 5-11

Bill Starr, "Whisky, Kilts and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling Through Scotland With Boswell and Johnson." Talk and signing. 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225, www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

The executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book takes the stage with his own story -- one for all those who love Scotland and its legends, history, single malts and kilts. Part literary journal, part travelogue, Starr’s lively account retraces the 1773 journey through the Scottish Highlands by James Boswell and Samuel Johnson.

Patricia Cornwell, "Port Mortuary." Signing. 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. Barnes & Noble Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 310, Atlanta. 404-261-7747, http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/1907. Also: 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Sam's Club, 10600 Davis Dr., Alpharetta. 770-992-4568, www3.samsclub.com/clublocator/club_detail.aspx?myClub=6646.

Anita Shreve, "Rescue: A Novel." Lecture and signing. 7-8 p.m. Dec. 7. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations required. Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, 990 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404.249.7015, www.margaretmitchellhouse.com.

Michele Norris, "The Grace of Silence." Signing. 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100,  www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.

The co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” signs “The Grace of Silence,” an examination of Norris’ own racial legacy and evolving attitudes toward race in America today.

John Ferrell, "In Mary Mac's Tea Room: 65 Years of Recipes From Atlanta's Favorite Dining Room." Talk and signing. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 9. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com.

Sonny Brewer, "Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit." 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com. Also: 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307,  http://eagleeyebooks.com.

The author of “Poet of Tolstoy Park” edited this uproariously funny, inspiring collection of essays written by Southern authors about their long-ago day jobs.

Susan Rosson Spain and Elizabeth O. Dulemba, "The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia." 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225, www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

Author Spain and Atlanta illustrator Dulemba sign their colorful new children’s book.