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Author events, June 1-7


Mary Kay Andrews, “Save the Date.” 4:30 p.m. June 1. Launch party. $35, includes copy of the book. Westin Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com/save-the-date-mary-kay-andrews-launch-party. A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime, but when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, she must find the bride — and figure out whether she believes in love.

Terry Hayes, “I Am Pilgrim.” 6:30 p.m. June 2. Talk and signing. Free. Books for Less, Mall of Georgia, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford. 770-945-9288, mybfl.com/events.php. This fast-paced thriller from the screenwriter of the films “Road Warrior” and “Cliffhanger” involves an international manhunt.

Jodi Helmer, “Farm Fresh Georgia.” 7:15 p.m. June 2. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=695. Helmer’s new book offers a lively tour of almost 400 farms and farm-related attractions, all open to the public, plus 13 recipes from Georgia farmers and chefs.

Jeff Shaara, “Smoke at Dawn.” 8 p.m. Jun 3. Lecture and signing. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/visit/event/379?calendar=month. Shaara (“A Blaze of Glory”) returns with the latest novel in his Civil War series, vividly re-creating the climactic months when the last great push of the Army of the Cumberland sets the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga.

Karen White, “A Long Time Gone.” 6:30 p.m. June 3. Book launch and signing. $7, includes prizes and refreshments. Book Exchange, 2956 Canton Road, Marietta. 770-427-4848, bookexchangemarietta.com. Also appearing: 6:30 p.m. June 4. Signing. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com/events. 7 p.m. June 5. Signing. $5 or free with purchase of book. Bookmiser, 4651 Sandy Plains Road, Roswell. 770-993-1555, bookmiser.net. 7 p.m. June 6. Signing. Free. Barnes & Noble, Mansell Crossings SC, 7660 Northpoint Parkway, Alpharetta. 770-993-8340, store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/83453. A woman who left the Mississippi Delta, swearing never to go back, returns home in a new and unexpected role — as caretaker for her estranged mother.

John Brandon, “Further Joy.” 7 p.m. June 5. Talk, reading and signing. Free. Mother, 447 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-4605, mother447.wordpress.com. Brandon’s first short-story collection offers 11 tales about gamblers, psychics, wanderers and priests, all on the edge of possibility. Josh Russell (“A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag”) joins him in conversation.

50th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards. Banquet at 6 p.m., awards at 7:30 p.m. June 7. $40, include meal, two wine vouchers (per adult, 21 and over). Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center, 3333 Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw. 770-423-6765, kennesaw.edu/coned, events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=i6byw7bab&oeidk=a07e9309axebb850c2f. The ceremony also will honor Lifetime Achievement Award winner Natasha Trethewey and Posthumous Achievement Award winner Robert Loveman.


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