Each Friday for Books Best Bets, 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.
Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore. Poetry Open Mic Night. 7 p.m.
Find your place in a unique community of storytellers and poets at Phoenix & Dragon’s June open mic night. From 7 to 8 p.m. this Friday, they’ll welcome folks of all ages, from grandmothers to little ones, for family-friendly material. The poetry of the evening shifts to more adult topics from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Norcross Cultural Arts Center. BookFest Gwinnett. 10 a.m.
This Saturday, stop by the inaugural BookFest Gwinnett, sponsored by the Atlanta Writers Club. The event seeks to showcase the diversity of modern literature, with panels featuring prolific authors such as Tayari Jones, Anjali Enjeti, Susan Puckett and Soniah Kamal. There will also be reading events for children and a keynote address by Kenny Leon.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change From Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House. 1 p.m.
Contributors Jenna Brayton, Molly Dillon, Elle Celeste and Taylor Lustig stop by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library this Saturday to discuss their new book, Yes She Can, a collection of testimonials from their time as White House staffers for Barack Obama. Join them for intimate perspectives of what it was like to “literally help run the world.”
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Elaine Welteroth | More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say). 3 p.m.
Don’t miss former Teen Vogue editor, award-winning journalist and all-around remarkable woman Elaine Welteroth when she visits Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to discuss her new book, More Than Enough. More Than Enough is a coming-of-age tale about what it means to be a young black woman “coming into her own on her own terms.” Charis Books and More will have copies for sale at the end of the event.
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Jennifer Weiner | Mrs. Everything. 7:30 p.m.
New York Times bestseller Jennifer Weiner comes to town to discuss her latest novel, Mrs. Everything, at the MJCCA as part of its 2019 Book Festival Patron Kickoff Event. Stop by for a book signing and Q&A on Weiner’s most ambitious novel yet — a tale of two sisters from 1950s Detroit figuring out how to exist as women in a changing world.
Apache Café. Sound & Lyrics All-Genre Open Mic. 8 p.m.
Apache Café invites all creatives of any avenue to stop by this open mic, featuring live music and local food trucks. All genres of music are welcome, including spoken word poetry, for a night full of creativity and good vibes — suitable for veterans and newbies alike. $10 at the door.