Word of Mouth Poetry Open Mic

The Globe 199 N Lumpkin St, Athens

Athens’ longest-running spoken word event has returned the first Wednesday of every month. Tonight’s featured reader is Athens-Clarke County poet laureate Jeff Fallis. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/athenswordofmouth

Book Launch: Ghosts of Athens and Beyond

Graduate Athens 295 E. Dougherty St., Athens, GA

Avid Bookshop presents local author Tracy L. Adkins in celebration of her newest work, Ghosts of Athens and Beyond: History and Haunting of North Georgia. Meet in the Foundry Ballroom. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com

Book Talk: Goldwater Girls to Reagan Women

UGA Special Collections Library 300 S Hull St, Athens, GA

Robin Morris, associate professor of history at Agnes Scott College, will discuss her new book Goldwater Girls to Reagan Women: Gender, Georgia, and the Growth of the New Right (2022). Her work has appeared in Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.libs.uga.edu

Author Talk: Ghosts of Athens

Oconee County Library 1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville, GA

Meet author Tracy L. Adkins and learn about her Ghosts of Athens book series. The audience is invited to ask questions and recount their experiences with the paranormal, followed by a book signing. 2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

Book Signing: Ghosts of Athens

Front Porch Bookstore 102 Marigold Ln., Winterville

Meet author Tracy L. Adkins and learn about her Ghosts of Athens book series. 5–7 p.m. FREE! Find Front Porch Book Store on Facebook.

History Lecture Series

Oconee County Library 1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville, GA

This lecture, presented by local historian and author Bill Cosgrove, will focus on General George Patton’s Third Army combat operations leading up to and during the Battle of the Bulge. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

Latin American and Latinx Studies in Georgia

Oconee County Library 1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville, GA

Dr. Cassia Roth and Dr. Sharina Maillo-Pozo will present on “Teaching and Researching Latin American and Latinx Studies in Georgia.” Both will talk about their research and teaching experiences followed by a Q&A session. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

Lindberg Award Ceremony

Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library 300 S. Hull St., Athens, GA

The Stanley W. Lindberg Award will be presented to UGA Emeritus Professor of English Hugh Ruppersburg. The award has not been presented since 2007. 6 p.m. FREE! www.libs.uga.edu/russell-library

2022 Torrance Lecture

Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA

This year’s Torrance Lecture entitled “Why are Children More Creative than Computer AI – Until They Go to School?” is presented by Angus Fletcher, professor of story science at Ohio State’s Project Narrative. For decades, researchers have observed that children become less creative the longer they attend school. In this lecture, Fletcher aims to explain why and what can be done about it. 4–6 p.m. FREE! coe.uga.edu