Karen White, “The Night the Lights Went Out”
Brunch, book, talk, signing. 10:30 a.m. April 17. $49. Public House, 605 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-640-5548, bookmiser.net/happenings2.html
In her latest novel, White follows a young single mother who discovers the nature of friendship is never what it seems.
Sydney Nathans, “A Mind to Stay”
Talk, signing. 7 p.m. April 18. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, 404-865-7100, jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events/
In this story of a counterpoint to the Great Migration, Nathans tells the stories former slaves who became owners of the very land they had worked in while in bondage, and who have defended their way of life against challengers from the Jim Crow era to the present day.
Paul Starobin, “Madness Rules the Hour”
Talk, signing. 8 p.m. April 20. $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/category/author-programs
Starobin examines pro-slavery Charleston, SC as a city faced with a crucial decision in 1860: They could submit to abolition or demand secession, hoping that the rest of the South would follow.
Andrew McCarthy, “Just Fly Away”
Talk and signing. 7 p.m. April 20. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-370-3070, Ext. 2285, littleshopofstories.com/april-events/
“Pretty in Pink” star, travel writer and director of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” debuts his YA novel about a teenager who discovers she has a younger brother living just a few blocks away—the result of her father’s brief affair. See georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events/show.php?id=952 for signing line policy.
Daniel Cowan, “Somewhere Called Now: To Arrive Before You Leave”
Book launch, CD release party, music, readings, signing. 8 p.m. April 21. Free. Over 21. Avondale Towne Cinema, 106 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, 404-228-3125, mytownecinema.com
Three-time Grammy nominee, Daniel Cowan, debuts his sci-fi novel—and original soundtrack—that tells the story of four Savannah college students who uncover a plot by an international terrorist organization to go back in time and take over the world. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Charlamagne Tha God, “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It”
Signing, music, food. 4 p.m. April 22. Free. A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404-681-5128, acappellabooks.com/events.php
The often controversial South Carolina native and co-host of nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club” shares his honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Stations 92.3 and 96.7 The Beat will broadcast live, and the Atlanta Breakfast Club will be serving some of the best food in town. To enter signing line and meet the author you must pre-order his book from A Cappella Books or purchase it on location.
Also appearingwith Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12:30 p.m. April 22. Discussion, signing. Free with purchase of book. Barnes & Noble@Georgia Tech, 48 5th St NW, Atlanta, cthagodworld.com/#blackprivilege.
David George Haskell, “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors”
Reading, signing. 6 p.m. April 22. $15. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 770-992-2055 x238, chattnaturecenter.org/events/event/songs-trees-david-haskell-book-reading-signing/
In his second book, Haskell explores biological networks and humanity’s place within them through the entryway of trees. From the Amazon rainforest and a Manhattan street to an olive grove north of Jerusalem, “nature’s great connectors” emerge from conversations and interactions among dozens of separate species, including fungal and bacterial cells, birds, insects, animals, other plant life, and human beings.