Two noteworthy author events in Atlanta this week, alas both on Thursday night:
Novelist Sue Miller at the Margaret Mitchell House (990 Peachtree St.) on Thursday, June 10, 6-7 p.m. reception with cash bar; 7 p.m. reading and talk. $10 non-members; $ 5 members. For more information call 404-249-7015.
Miller, a prolific writer best known for her first novel, “The Good Mother” (1986), presents “The Lake Shore Limited,” her well-received new book about how the living survive the loss of a loved one in conflicting ways. There’s Leslie, whose beloved younger brother Gus has died in the 9/11 attacks; Gus’ lover, Billy, a playwright who conveys her true feelings in a drama titled “The Lake Shore Limited”; and the men in their lives. Reading, Q&A and book signing.
Historian William Jelani Cobb at the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum (441 Freedom Parkway) on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Free.
The first spate of Barack Obama books are coming out, looking at the president’s past and his first year in office. Cobb, a Spelman College history professor, will discuss his new book, “The Substance of Hope,” which considers how Obama won 90 percent of the black vote although the established black leadership — Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis — openly supported Hillary Clinton. Cobb examines the monumental implications of black voters’ pushing the surviving architects of the civil rights movement to the periphery of American politics. Lecture and book signing.