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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.

FRIDAY, 5/10

Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. Brisket Chronicles | Steven Raichlen Book Signing and Author Talk. 7 p.m.

Steven Raichlen is a James Beard Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, and he’ll be at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center this Friday for an author talk and book signing of his latest book, The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke and Cure the World’s Most Epic Cut of Meat. This event is presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library.

MONDAY, 5/13

Charis Books and More. Making Space: A Community Writing Group for Activists, Healers and Every Day Heroes. 6 p.m.

Making Space is a writing group for those whose work involves serving the community, including social workers, educators, psychologists and community organizers. Join Charis this Monday as the group uses writing practice to vent and explore the themes of their work, their relationships, themselves and their community. A $10 donation is suggested.


Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. George Packer | Our Man. 7:00 p.m.

A Cappella Books welcomes National Book Award-winner and journalist George Packer to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, where he’ll discuss and sign copies of his new book, Our Man, about American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Packer’s book is one of the mostly highly anticipated of the year and is A Cappella’s May selection for its Signed First Editions Club (members of the club are invited to a meet and greet with Packer at 5:30 p.m., prior to the event, at JavaVino). As space for the library event will be limited, A Cappella is asking that attendees RSVP via phone or email.

Charis Books and More. Megan Griswold | The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies. 7:30 p.m.

Join author Megan Griswold at Charis Books this Wednesday as she reads from her book, The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies, answers reader questions and signs copies. The Book of Help has been called “a bright, self-effacing, celebratory, gut-wrenching and hilarious chronicle of one woman’s attempts to heal both herself and the parts of the world she intersects” (Pam Houston).


Charis Books and More. Cliterati Third Thursday Open Mic with Louise Runyon and Alice Lovelace. 7:30 p.m.

Cliterati, hosted by Karen G. and Theresa Davis, kicks off its Third Thursday reading and open mic series with Charis Books this Thursday, May 16. Poet Louise Runyon will read from her latest collection, The Passion of Older Women. Poet, playwright, cultural worker and executive director of ArtsXchange, Alice Lovelace, will read a sampling from new and previously collected works. Beginner and veteran voices are welcome.

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