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, March 16
Andrew Dietz’s Courtyard. Wine, Whiskey, & Words with SUGAR LAND author tammy lynne stoner. 6 p.m.
Join Andrew Dietz in his courtyard for an up-close-and-personal chat and Q&A session with SUGAR LAND author tammy lynne stoner. The event is free, and guests are invited to enjoy whiskey or wine while they chat with tammy and listen to live blues music inspired by Lead Belly (who makes a guest appearance in her novel).
Sunday, March 17
Little Shop of Stories. Purim Storytime. 2 p.m.
Purim is a Jewish festival that celebrates the salvation of Jewish people in Persia.
Bring your little ones to the Little Shop to learn more about this festival and Jewish culture with a Purim story time with Chabad Decatur. Kids will get to hear the story of Purim through an illustrated children’s book and enjoy a Hamantashen — a traditional (and tasty) Purim pastry. Purim costumes are also welcomed, and you’ll have the opportunity to help pack traditional Purim food gifts to be distributed to Decatur residents who celebrate the festival.
Apache Café. Word is Born Weekly Poetry and Open Mic hosted by Dichotomy the Poet. 8 p.m.
There are only a few more Word is Born events left for Apache Café in its current location on 3rd Street (it’ll be moving to an interim location on Woodrow St. in April). Before it goes, come join Dichotomy the Poet for a night of creativity, music and spoken word.
Tuesday, March 19
Atlanta History Center. Frances Mayes | See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy. 7:30 p.m.
Georgia native and Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes is back and visiting the Atlanta History Center with her latest book, See You in the Piazza. Part travel guide, part diary, Mayes skips out on Italy’s more common tourist spots in favor of the Italy known only by its locals — eating, drinking and rediscovering the country’s roads less traveled with her husband, poet Ed Mayes. The result is an intimate, dreamlike travel book unlike any you’ve likely read before.
Georgia Beer Garden. Telling True Stories. 7 p.m.
The Georgia Beer Garden plays hosts to graduates, current students and faculty from the Grady College of Journalism’s MFA in Narrative Nonfiction Program at the University of Georgia. Writers and journalists such as Max Blau and Rosalind Bentley will be on hand to read some of their work and answer questions about writing true stories, and turning true-to-life experiences into powerful works of narrative nonfiction.
Wednesday, March 20
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Atlanta Science Festival presents I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. 6:30 p.m.
The Atlanta Science Festival brings award-winning science writer and Atlantic staff writer Ed Yong to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to discuss his groundbreaking book, I Contain Multitudes, which takes both a poetic and scientific look at the incredible, oft-forgotten world of the micro-organisms that live inside of us, silently helping to ensure our survival.
Decatur Library Auditorium. YATL Live YA Night. 6:00 p.m.
YATL is a monthly live, young adult literary talk show produced in partnership with Georgia Center for the Book. March’s event, hosted by Little Shop of Stories, begins at 6 p.m. with a book swap. At 6:30 p.m., YA author Samira Ahmed takes the stage for a conversation with Julian Winters, followed by guest cohost and YA author, Lauren Morrill in conversation with Rebecca Ross, Kati Garnder, Elizabeth Tammi and Jessica Khoury at 8 p.m.