Karen White, “The Night the Lights Went Out”
7 p.m. April 10. Talk, signing. $10. Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/category/author-programs
In her latest novel, White (“Flight Patterns”) follows a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems.
Also appearing: 11 a.m. April 11. Scavenger hunt, book launch and signing. $49 includes signed copy. Urban Farmhouse, 12680 Crabapple Road, Milton, 770-410-1112, heventbrite.com/e/a-novel-idea-a-bite-of-crabapple-scavenger-hunt-tickets-32417321080; 6:30 p.m. April 11. Book launch. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com/events;
Michael Knight, “Eveningland”
7:30 p.m. April 12. Discussion, signing, refreshments. Free. The Wrecking Bar, 292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, 404-221-2600, acappellabooks.com/events.php
A teenage girl with a taste for violence holds a burglar hostage in her house on New Year’s Eve; a grieving real estate mogul buys an island only to be accused of madness by his daughters. Knights’ new collection of stories captures the ways in which ordinary life astounds us with is complexity. In conversation with ArtsATL’s executive editor Laura Relyea.
An Evening with Junot Diaz
7:30 p.m. April 12. Lecture, reading, signing. Free. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 North Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta, news.emory.edu/stories/2017/03/upress_junot_diaz_event/index.html
A talk by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” will range across topics that have engaged Díaz throughout his literary career: the immigrant experience, civic sensibility, community, race, justice, equality, and of course, writing.
Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See”
7 p.m. April 13. Talk, signing. $25. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/category/author-programs
In Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, a blind girl who flees the Nazi occupation of Paris carrying a valuable and dangerous jewel crosses paths with an inventive young member of Germany’s Hitler Youth whose talents have earned him a special assignment: to track the Resistance in France.
Chris Whipple, “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency”
7 p.m. April 13. Talk, signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, 404-865-7100, acappellabooks.com/events.php
Award-winning journalist Whipple offers a behind-the-scenes look at a unique fraternity whose actions — and inactions — have defined the course of our country. In conversation with Jack Watson, White House Chief of Staff under Jimmy Carter.
Hannah Palmer, “Flight Path”
7 p.m. April 13. Release party. Free. Highland Inn Ballroom, 644 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, 404-681-5128, acappellabooks.com/pages/events/101/hannah-palmer-flight-path
Palmer’s riveting account of what happened to the ghost neighborhoods surrounding the south side of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is part memoir, part urban history.
Chipper Jones, “Ballplayer”
1 p.m. April 14. Signing. Free with purchase of book. Barnes & Noble Cumberland, 2952 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, 770-953-0966, stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061849949-0
Former third baseman Jones’ new memoir takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty and recounts his rise to the MLB ranks. See link for signing-line policy.
Melissa Febos, “Abandon Me”
7:30 p.m. April 14. Talk, reading, signing. Free. Suggested donation $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, 404-524-0304, charisbooksandmore.com
Febos’ (“Whip Smart”) new memoir draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer’s life to explore the ways love and loss shape identity and art. Joining Febos will be fellow memoirist Molly Brodak (“Bandit”) and graphic fiction writer Lydia Conklin to discuss family legacies, the poetics of queer love, and the ways we write ourselves home.
The Killers Next Door: Rona Simmons, David Darracott, and Jeremy Logan
Noon April 15. Talk, signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Rd. NE, Atlanta, 404-636-2498, http://www.talltalesatlanta.com/events.html
Simmons (“The Martyr’s Brother”), Darracott (“Wasted”), and Logan (“Don’t Go There”) team up to talk about suspense and mystery for writers and readers.