Ann Hite (“The Storycatcher”) and Karen Zacharias (“Mother of Rain”). 5 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. Prelaunch talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. Also appearing: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Book debut party. $7. Book Exchange, 2956 Canton Road, Marietta. 770-427-4848, www.bookexchangemarietta.com. Hite (“Ghost on Black Mountain”) returns to the Depression-era South with a mesmerizing gothic tale about dark family secrets. In Zacharias’ new novel, a 10-year-old girl sent to be raised by a childless aunt in East Tennessee begins to hear voices shortly after her arrival. Marriage stabilizes her, but years later the voices return.
Michael Nolden Henderson, “Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation.” 3 p.m. Sept. 8. Talk and signing. Free. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-730-4001, www.afpls.org/aarl. Henderson discusses the compelling story of his 30-year genealogical journey to uncover his Creole ancestry.
Cassandra King, “Moonrise.” 7:15 p.m. Sept. 9. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. In a novel inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic “Rebecca,” a woman falls in love with a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident. When the new wife joins a gathering of the husband’s old friends at his late wife’s family home, she discovers that someone wants her gone.
Randy Wayne White, “Deceived.” 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Talk and signing. Free. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307, http://eagleeyebooks.com. In the second of White’s Hannah Smith novels (after 2012’s “Gone”), a 20-year-old unsolved Florida murder gets Smith’s attention.
Molly Haskell, “My Brother, My Sister: Story of a Transformation.” 7:15 p.m. Sept. 11. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. There are nearly 700,000 transgender people in the United States, and feminist film critic Haskell’s sister is one of them. In a memoir exploring how her younger brother Chevey became her sister Ellen, Haskell charts her own emotional journey, recounts the steps in her brother’s transition, and discusses gender roles and transsexualism.
Peter Doherty, “Pandemics.” 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Reading and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. In a concise question-and-answer format, Doherty — who won the Nobel Prize for his work on how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells — explains the causes of pandemics, how they can be counteracted with vaccines and drugs, and how we can better prepare for them in the future.
Fred Gray, “Bus Ride to Justice: The Life and Works of Fred Gray.” 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Reading and signing. Free. Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100, www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. Veteran civil rights attorney Gray had to leave his home state to finish his education because blacks could not attend Alabama law schools at that time. On his return to Montgomery, he represented his friend Rosa Parks, who had refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. When that action initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Gray became King’s — and the movement’s — lawyer.
Jojo Moyes, “The Girl You Left Behind.” 7:15 p.m. Sept. 12. Talk and signing. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. In her new novel, Moyes (“Me Before You”) tells the story of two women separated by a hundred years but inextricably tied to each other by a portrait that survived World War I.