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One of Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams’s earliest memories is watching her mother shoot craps in her grandfather’s bootleg house, where he made moonshine. Nothing was off-limits during her childhood in Atlanta, she jokes in her recently premiered Netflix stand-up special, Ms. Pat: Y’all Wanna Hear Something Crazy?
At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.