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.
Decatur Library. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Opening Reception. 7 p.m.
Head to the main lobby of Decatur Library this Friday to celebrate the Decatur Arts Festival ArtWalk with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators gallery show. The exhibit will feature children’s book illustrations and copies of the book or publication in which the illustrations appear. The show will feature local and southern illustrators and run through June 30.
Manuel’s Tavern. Anthony Harkins & Meredith McCarroll | Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. 7 p.m.
A Cappella Books and Manuel’s Tavern welcome Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, editors of the essay collection Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. Appalachian Reckoning takes an insightful look at the culture and hearts of Appalachian people and serves as a sharp response to J.D. Vance’s controversial memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. Harkins and McCarroll will be in conversation with Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner.
Little Shop of Stories. Mike Lowery and Paper Ghost Studio. 5 p.m.
As part of the Decatur Arts Festival ArtWalk this week, Little Shop of Stories welcomes local artist and book illustrator Mike Lowery and members of Paper Ghost Studio. Lowery and Paper Ghost Studio will be exhibiting and selling prints. Attendees can choose from several Atlanta-inspired prints and illustrations that pay homage to the city’s unique neighborhoods.
Apache Cafe. Word Is Born | Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic. 7 p.m.
Head to Apache Cafe this Friday for a night of poetry, spoken word, “creation, invention, discovery, and revelation.” Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. when the doors open. It’s an 18+ event, so leave the kids at home for this one.
Charis Books and More. Kidliterate Book Club reads Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. 7 p.m.
Are you a grown-up who digs on young adult fiction? Come join your tribe at Charis’ Kidliterate Book Club. This month’s YA pick is Ashley Herring Blake’s Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World – a touching tale of a girl developing feelings for another girl in the wake of a destructive tornado that culminates in an important story about emerging identity. Drop-ins welcome!
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. E. L. James | The Mister. 7:30 p.m.
Bestselling Fifty Shades author E.L. James stops in Atlanta this Thursday as part of her nationwide book tour for her new novel, The Mister, a story of a rich aristocrat unexpectedly falling for a mysterious woman with a malevolent past. This event is part of the MJCCA’s ongoing summer Book Festival.