Each Friday, we’ll round up our top literary picks for the week ahead – from author events and book signings to spoken word open mics, story times for your little ones and more.
Friday, April 12
Decatur Library Auditorium. Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival. 12:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
The Lost Southern Voices Festival is a two-day event in celebration of lost or lesser-known Southern writers. Writers and scholars, including Valerie Boyd, Tony Grooms and Caleb Johnson, will gather to read and discuss the work of their favorite Southern authors. (This event will be held on Saturday at Georgia State University Clarkston.)
Saturday, April 13
Gregg Irby Gallery. Mary Laura Philpott | I Miss You When I Blink. 4 p.m.
Former Atlanta-based writer Mary Laura Philpott’s just-released memoir I Miss You When I Blink is a warm, poignant collection that confronts the pressures of choosing one version of our lives, ourselves, over another. She’ll be chatting about the book and mingling with readers at this free event.
Monday, April 15
Little Shop of Stories. Ashley Poston Author Event. 7 p.m.
The author of Geekerella is back with her latest novel, The Princess and the Fangirl. Join Ashley Poston in conversation with author Kimberly Jones at Little Shop as they chat about Poston’s new book, modern fairy tale makeovers and more.
Thursday, April 18
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Nathaniel Rich | Losing Earth: A Recent History. 7 p.m.
“By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change―including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours.”
Presented in part by sustainability organization Southface, author Nathaniel Rich speaks with organization president Andrea Pinabell about his examination of the period between 1979 and 1989 when we first began to understand the dire impacts of climate change, and came this close to solving the crisis.
*The event is free, but to secure your seat, you must preorder the book from A Cappella. If you’re among the first 50 people to do so, you’re invited to a pretalk reception for Rich at Manuel’s Tavern.