By Collin Kelley

If you’re headed to the beach or just looking for something to read to wile away some spare summer hours, check out these books written by Atlanta authors. Fiction, poetry and food are all represented.

Sea Change by Karen White
The New York Times-bestselling author returns with her latest book about a disenchanted young newlywed who finds mystery and family intrigue on St. Simons Island. ($15, New American Library)

Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook
The author of the popular Must Love Dogs (which was turned into the film starring Diane Lane) is back with this tale of an adrift woman who uses her brother’s fame as a self-help guru to catapult herself onto Dancing With the Stars. ($24.99, Touchstone)

The Storms of Deliverance by Larry Higdon A man passes out while watching a NASCAR race in Buffalo, NY in 1981 and awakens in 2008 on the side of an Atlanta highway in this psychological drama. ($13.99, Tate Publishing)

Past Due Notices: Poems by Mike James
The beauty and sadness of nature and life is explored in this collection of poetry. James’ poetry has appeared in literary journals around the country. ($15, Main Street Rag Publishing)

The Parting by Alice Bliss
The author’s latest novella takes place in Atlanta in 1919 as a formerly independent woman is forced to live with strangers as she becomes old and infirm. ($10.50, Bozart Press)

Purity by Jackson Pearce
A teenager questions her decision to lose her virginity before marriage in this young adult novel by the author of Sisters Red and As You Wish. ($17.99, Little Brown)

Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy
The Decatur young adult novelist is back with her latest story about a teen, who prefers the friendship of her male friends (and writes the lyrics for the guy’s band), until a new boy enters her life. ($16.99, Simon Pulse)

Buried in the Heart by M.E. Harrington
A mysterious ring leads a journalist on globe-trotting trek to find the source of its power to suspend time and space. ($19.95, Balboa Press)

Sweet Auburn Desserts by Chef Sonya Jones
Sonya Jones shares her best baking secrets from the Sweet Auburn Baking Company shop in Atlanta. ($24.95, Pelican Publishing)

Upcoming Readings

Iris & Roy Johansen: The writing duo signs their new suspense novel, Close Your Eyes, about a once-blind woman with a knack for tracking serial killers at Eagle Eye Books in Decatur on Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m.

Benjamin Busch: The decorated US Marine Corps infantry officer and actor on The Wire reads from and signs his memoir, Dust to Dust, at A Cappella Books on Saturday, July 21, 1 p.m.

A Very Vouched Birthday: The reading series celebrates its first anniversary on Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m. at The Goat Farm with a mixture of fiction and poetry. Readers include: Blake Butler, Jamie Iredell, Jessie Matheson, Jayne O’Connor, Nicholas Tecosky, Amelia Lerner, Lain Shakespeare, Jamie Allen, Randy Osborne, Myke Johns, Katy Black, Johnny Drago, Laura Carter, Davy Minor, Gina Myers, Matt DeBenedictis, Terra Elan McVoy, Jenny Sadre-Orafai and Amy McDaniel.

Poetry Atlanta Presents: Atlanta poets Amy Pence (Amour, Amour) and Jenny Sadre-Orafai (Dressing the Throat Plate) will read from their new collections at the Decatur Library Auditorium on Wednesday, July 25, 7:15 p.m. as part of Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book’s ongoing series.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.