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.
A Cappella Books. Frank Harmon | Native Places. 2 p.m.
Join renowned architect and native Southerner Frank Harmon for a conversation about his new book, Native Places. Through this collection of watercolor sketches and accompanying essays, Harmon helps readers discover the unique beauty of ordinary things and places that inhabit our lives every day.
Charis Books and More. Monica F. Helms | More Than Just a Flag. 3 p.m.
Join Monica F. Helms in discussion of her memoir, More Than Just a Flag. In the book, Helms, creator of the Trans Pride flag, tells her incredibly unique story — an inspirational one of bravery, strife and the often terrifying journey of what it means to truly become ourselves.
Decatur Library Auditorium. In Conversation: Patti Callahan Henry with Mary Kay Andrews. 7:15 p.m.
Two New York Times bestselling authors, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Kay Andrews, are in town at the Decatur Library on Monday to discuss Henry’s new novel, The Favorite Daughter, the story of a freelance writer who flees her Deep South hometown for a new life in New York City, and on one of her rare visits home, discovers new challenges she never anticipated.
FoxTale Book Shoppe. Lauren Willig | The Summer Country. 6:30 p.m.
New York Times bestselling authors Lauren Willig and Karen White join forces at FoxTale Book Shoppe for the launch of Willig’s new novel, The Summer Country. The Summer Country is a novel set in Victorian-era Barbados and is “[Willig’s] biggest, boldest and most ambitious novel yet.”
Decatur Library Auditorium. Jean Kwok | Searching for Sylvie Lee. 7:15 p.m.
Georgia Center for the Book welcomes New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok to Decatur Library on Thursday to discuss her new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee. In her book, Kwok tells the story of what happens in one Chinese immigrant family when the eldest daughter disappears. Dark family secrets emerge, and Kwok explores the ever-present impossibility of completely knowing another person — even the ones we love the most.
Little Shop of Stories. Dan Hanna Circle Time and Meet & Greet | The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean. 11 a.m.
Treat your little ones to the fun and environmentally conscious story of Pout-Pout, the little fish cleaning up his big, beloved ocean, this Thursday at Little Shop. The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean is the next installment in the bestselling Pout-Pout series, and Dan Hanna, illustrator of the book, will be on hand in the shop to read from the book, meet fans and sign copies.