Local bestselling author Laura Lippman celebrates the release of her latest thriller “Sunburn” on Feb. 23 at The Ivy Bookshop.
Local bestselling author Laura Lippman celebrates the release of her latest thriller “Sunburn” on Feb. 23 at The Ivy Bookshop.

Atomic Books3260 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444atomicbooks.com.

Joanna Angel reads from her first novel-length work of fiction, “Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy.” A surprise is in store for attendees, as Joanna will be bringing her own “Choose-Your-Own” aspect to the reading. The event will also feature a special acoustic performance by War On Women. Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

The Children’s Bookstore737 Deepdene Road, (410)532-2000thecbstore.com.

The Children’s Bookstore will host Newbery Honor Award winning author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson in the store. Widely acclaimed for 2015’s “Roller Girl,” Jamieson’s latest book is “All’s Faire in Middle School.” Feb. 26, 3:40 p.m.

The Ivy Bookshop6080 Falls Road, (410) 377-2966theivybookshop.com.

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman launches her newest thriller, “Sunburn.” The Baltimore-based writer will follow the reading with a book signing; Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Children’s author Casey Lyall will read from her latest book, “Inky’s Great Escape.” The book is inspired by the true-life story of “Inky the Octopus” who escaped from the National Aquarium of New Zealand in 2016; Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

The Red Canoe4337 Harford Road, (410) 444-4440redcanoecafe.virb.com

Calling all YA readers! Local YA author Katelyn Brawn will read from her recently published novel, “Pumpkin Pie.” Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Red Emma’s30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7585redemmas.org

What is harm reduction? What are Safer Consumption Spaces? These questions and more will be answered when Nurses for Justice and Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition come together to host a panel on Safer Consumption Spaces; Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks, author of “Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education,” will explore the challenges and tensions at play today in America’s “separate and unequal’ public school system; Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

National Book Award Finalist Nancy MacLean will discuss her book “Democracy in Chains,” a thoroughly researched narrative that follows Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan and the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the democratic majority; Feb. 24, 6 p.m.

Stevenson University presents the Baltimore Speakers Series, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, baltimorespeakersseries.org

The popular travel guide author and host of the PBS series “Rick Steves’ Europe,” Rick Steves will speak to a Baltimore audience on the benefits of independent traveling, the joys of visiting small villages off the beaten path, and the virtues of being a “temporary local.” Feb. 27, 8 p.m.

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