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.
Saturday, April 27
Marietta Museum of History. The Gathering of the Cracker Queen Tribe with Cracker Queen author, Lauretta Hannon. 2 p.m.
Acclaimed Georgia author of The Cracker Queen: Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life, Lauretta Hannon, is gathering her CQ tribe for a final time for a party at the Marietta Museum of History. She’ll be screening the Daniel Espeut documentary Raised in the South of Normal, based on her book, as part of the event. There will also be a special cocktail to commemorate 10 years of The Cracker Queen. She’s calling her pink lemonade champagne margarita Mama’s Special Elixir for Especially Bad Nerves.
Various locations. Independent Bookstore Day. All day.
Saturday is the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day, and Atlanta’s favorite indie bookshops will be hosting authors, book events, signings and more all day long. Independent Bookstore Day ambassador Tayari Jones will also be making stops at A Cappella Books, Eagle Eye Book Shop, Charis Books & More and Little Shop of Stories to meet readers and sign books.
Sunday, April 28
Posman Books at Ponce City Market. Drag Queen Story Hour with Brent Star. 3 p.m.
Posman Books’ monthly Drag Queen Story Hour returns with Brent Star, local legend, drag artist and comedy connoisseur. Parents and kiddos of all ages are welcome.
Monday, April 29
Little Shop of Stories. S.K. Ali Author Event. 6:30 p.m.
Head to the Little Shop to see S.K. Ali, author of Saints & Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award, and her upcoming YA romance, Love from A to Z. Ali will chat with Aisha Saeed about writing for a young adult audience, her compassionate, honest, true-to-life portrayal of the lives of Muslim American teens and more.
Margaret Mitchell House. Southern Lady Code: Essays Author Helen Ellis in Conversation with Kate Whitman. 7 p.m.
American Housewife author Helen Ellis is back with a new irreverent, hilarious collection of essays on “marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern lady.” She’ll be chatting with Kate Whitman, vice president of Author and Family Programs at the Atlanta History Center, about the new collection, leaving the South and the “puffy headbands of her youth” for New York and more.