Akhtar will read and sign copies of “American Dervish” at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. in Durham.
Here are some more releases and events:
-- Joyce Perry Edwards will discuss her recent book “Artelia: Portrait of an American Matriarch” Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham. There will be an encore reading and discussion at 6:30 p.m.
The book shows the development of a lonely young woman who grows to become an educator, and ultimately to rear 16 children. The setting of the book is Durham, and the story is a biography of Edwards’ mother, Artelia. Edwards will discuss the process of writing the biography and will show a brief video on her mother’s life.
-- Dorothy Foltz-Gray will read from “With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin” (Argo Navis/Perseus) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill.
Foltz-Gray chronicles her relationship with her identical twin sister, before and after her sister was shot at point-blank range by a madman.
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