Donna Jackson Nakazawa -- Local author appears for a discussion and signing of her new book, Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance - and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope. Type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are all autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues or nervous system. The author suggests foods that may promote healthy immune response and consumer body care products to avoid. / 7 p.m. / Barnes & Noble, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville / Free / 410-415-5758.
Nathan McCall -- In Them, his fiction debut, McCall tells the story of a poor black neighborhood in Atlanta as it confronts gentrification and the intermingling of class, race and economics. McCall is a professor of African-American studies at Emory University. / Enoch Pratt Free Library, Poe Room, central library, 400 Cathedral St. / Free / 410-396-5494.
Lecture -- Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. and Jewish Family Services present Kathleen Kennedy Townsend speaking on "The Awful Grace of God: How I Search for Wisdom in the Face of Death," and Harold Ivan Smith on "Friendgrief: Finding a Voice for Grief Following the Death of a Friend." Townsend is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the author of Failing America's Faithful: How Churches Are Mixing God With Politics and Losing Their Way, while Smith is a grief educator and a member of the faculty of the American Academy of Grief. / 6 p.m.-9:15 p.m. / Sol Levinson and Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville / Free, no registration required and no reservations accepted / 410-466-9200.
Saturday, May 17
Author readings -- John Rowell, author of the short story collection The Music of Your Life; Betsy Boyd, a fiction writer and journalist whose work has been published in Shenandoah, and Adam Robinson, whose poetry has been published in The Shattered Wig Review and Rock Heals, read from their work. / Free. / 5 p.m. / Minas, 815 W. 36th St. / 410-732-4258.