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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.

SUNDAY, 5/19

A Cappella Books. Josh Russell | Suburban Folktales. 2 p.m.

This Sunday, A Cappella Books hosts author Josh Russell, who will be speaking about and reading from his latest book, Suburban Folktales. Says A Cappella, “In Josh Russell’s Suburban Folktales, the humdrum ennui of housewives and suburbanites is enfolded in an old logic, a folk logic. Princesses home birth babies in their sleep, passers-by home birth diminutive duplicates on the sidewalk and pregnant queens keep company with neoliberal birds. Kings text their daughters. Everyone already has cancer. Everybody has a complaint. But who reigns over the suburbs?”

Charis Books and More. Let Me Hear a Rhyme author Tiffany D. Jackson in conversation with Nic Stone. 6 p.m.

Charis Books welcomes Tiffany D. Jackson and Nic Stone to Atlanta for an in-depth conversation about hip-hop, friendship, writing and Jackson’s newest novel, Let Me Hear a Rhyme. Let Me Hear a Rhyme is a book about three teenagers from Brooklyn who decide to turn their murdered friend into a rap icon and share his music with world — by pretending he’s still alive.

MONDAY, 5/20

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Tony Horwitz | Spying on the South. 7 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz visits the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to discuss his latest book, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide, about a farmer who worked as an undercover correspondent in the South for the then-up-and-coming New York Times. A Cappella Choir members are also invited to bring a guest for a meet and greet with Horwitz at Manuel’s Tavern at 5:30 p.m. the evening of the event. More information about how to join the A Cappella Choir is included in the event link.

Highland Inn and Ballroom Lounge. Bleux Stockings Society, Volume 25: Mother. 8:30 p.m.

The theme for the May edition of the monthly live literature show is “Mother.” This month’s event is closed, meaning it’s members only, but those interested in joining the cis/trans women, LGBTQIA and nonbinary folks of the Bleux Stockings Society can request to do so on the group’s Facebook page. Cover for the event is $10, a portion of which will go to charity.


Holy Trinity Parish. In Conversation: Karin Slaughter and Alafair Burke. 7:00 p.m.

Alafair Burke and Georgia author Karin Slaughter are internationally bestselling crime authors, and the two are joining forces Tuesday night to chat about Burke’s newest psychological thriller, The Better Sister. Charis Books will be providing books for sale, and the event is free and open to the public.


Decatur Library Auditorium. Our Prince of Scribes, featuring Cliff Graubart, Cynthia Graubart, Anthony Grooms, Jonathan Haupt and William Walsh. 7:15 p.m.

Join Georgia Center for the Book as it honors the life and work of New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy. The night will include panel discussions from writers whose own writing was touched by Conroy’s words, including Cliff Graubart, Cynthia Graubart, Anthony Grooms, Jonathan Haupt and William Walsh.

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