ArtsATL

Your Guide To The Arts In Atlanta

Each Friday, we’ll round up our top literary picks for the week ahead – from upcoming readings and book signings, to spoken word open mics, story times for your little ones and more.

Add these to your calendar this week.

Saturday, March 9

Charis Books and More. Jacob Tobia in conversation with writer and Atlanta activist Ocean Eerie about Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. 7:30 p.m.

Jacob Tobia is a gender nonconforming writer and activist who explores gender identity, radical self-love and the societal sea-change around the acceptance of queer bodies in their tender, funny, sharply written memoir, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. This event is co-sponsored by Southern Fried Queer Pride.

 Sunday, March 10

Little Shop of StoriesSunday Story Time with Mac Barnett, author of Circle. 2 p.m.

Children’s book author Mac Barnett is back with his final book of the shapes trilogy, Circle – a book about shapes, friendships and overcoming obstacles. Circle is written in classic Mac fashion, with a touch of tenderness and humor and a splash of the fantastical absurdity of everyday life.

Monday, March 11

Atlanta History Center. Lynne Olson in conversation with Dana Barrett, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler. 8 p.m.

Join Dana Barrett as she chats with Lynne Olson, author of the electric, true tale of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade – a glamourous, privileged, rebellious French woman who would go on to become the leader of a widespread intelligence operation against Hitler and his Nazi forces.

Wednesday, March 13

Decatur Library AuditoriumAtlanta Science Festival Presents To Infinity And Beyond: Science, Fiction, and Popular Understandings of Outer Space7 p.m.

This event, part of the 2019 Atlanta Science Festival, brings together Georgia Tech astrobiologist Dr. Kennda Lynch, Emory physicist and popular science writer Dr. Sidney Perkowitz, award-winning science fiction author Jack McDevitt and up-and-coming queer young adult author Casey Alane Wilson to explore mind-expanding questions such as, “How has science fiction encouraged further exploration of the universe?”

Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge. Write Club Atlanta: Like a Lion. 8 p.m.

Write Club Atlanta returns for its March event with another round of literary warfare. Come see performers verbally duke it out as they explore themes like Hurt vs. Heal, Wolf vs. Sheep and Forward vs. Backward. After the battle, you’ll also have the opportunity to join author, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Sadie Dupuis for an after-hours reading.

Thursday, March 14

Georgia Tech Kress Auditorium. Poetry at Tech presents Bruce McEver, Chelsea Rathburn and Juan Felipe Hererra. 7:30 p.m.

Poetry at Tech is back with the work of Bruce McEver, Chelsea Rathburn and Juan Felipe Herrera.

McEver is a Poetry at Tech veteran who explores the profundity of the everyday in a type of accessible, plain language reminiscent of Billy Collins. Rathburn is the author of three poetry collections, The Shifting Line (2005), A Raft of Grief (2013) and the forthcoming Still Life with Mother and Knife (2019). Her poems are decorated with stark, naturalistic imagery and brutal turns of phrase that are unforgiving in their specificity. Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers and the author of short stories, novels, children’s books and numerous poetry collections. His poems are rhythmic, muralistic love letters both to the California landscapes that made him — the San Joaquin Valley, Logan Heights in San Diego and the San Francisco Mission District — and one of his biggest influences, Allen Ginsburg.