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Posman Books hosts its popular Reading to Dogs event in partnership with Lifeline Animal Project on Sunday, May 5. The event allows children to practice their reading skills and gives families a chance to meet adoptable shelter dogs. (Photo courtesy of the Posman Books Facebook page)

Books Best Bets: May 3–9, 2019

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, May 4

Decatur Library Auditorium. Thank-O-Rama Bus Tour. 4 p.m.

Join the beloved book characters of Mo Willems as they make their Atlanta stop on the Thank-O-Rama Bus Tour. Hosted by the Decatur Library, Georgia Center for the Book and Little Shop of Stories, this free afternoon event will include a craft table, Mo Willems’ character photo ops, a cozy reading corner and the Thank-O-Rama Prize Wheel.

Sunday, May 5 

Atlanta History Center. Mary Kay Andrews, Sunset Beach Launch Party. 12 p.m.

Beloved Georgia author Mary Kay Andrews is coming to the Atlanta History for the launch party of her latest book, Sunset Beach, out May 7. Sunset Beach is the story of Drue Campbell, who, after losing her mother, finds herself in a sleepy beach town in the middle of a decades-old mystery.

This event includes a noon reception; the program begins at 1 p.m.

Posman BooksReaders to the Rescue: Kids Read to Dogs. 2 p.m.

Bring your kiddos out on Sunday to read to the doggos. This event, presented by Posman Books and Lifeline Animal Project, helps improve your child’s reading skills, and gives families the opportunity to meet and cuddle adoptable shelter dogs. It’s a win-win!

Wednesday, May 8

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Dr. Sandro Galea, author of Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health. 7 p.m.

A Cappella Books hosts author, physician and dean at the Boston University School of Public Health as he talks about his new book, Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health — “a radical examination of the subtle and not-so-subtle factors that determine who gets to be healthy in America.”

Thursday, May 9 

Wrecking Bar Brew Pub. Writers at the Wrecking Bar Presents Michael Knight, At the Briarwood School for Girls. 7 p.m.

The Writers at the Wrecking Bar series returns with Michael Knight, author of At the Briarwood School for Girls. He’ll join Literary Atlanta podcast host Alison Law for a conversation about his latest book, described as “an incisive, witty, and beautifully-written novel set at a boarding school in the Virginia countryside.” Singer-songwriter Caroline Herring will perform prior to the talk.