Lit: Jodi Picoult, Fred Krakowiak and Charles B. Flood

Local literary haven Joseph-Beth Booksellers hosts a trio of intriguing authors this week. Prolific best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult stops by 7 p.m. Thursday in support of her latest, Handle With Care, the story of a popular pastry chef who gives birth

Local literary haven Joseph-Beth Booksellers hosts a trio of intriguing authors this week. Prolific best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult stops by 7 p.m. Thursday in support of her latest, Handle With Care, the story of a popular pastry chef who gives birth to a daughter with osteogenesis imperfecta — a collagen defect that causes brittle bones. Plenty of moral ambiguity follows, including a malpractice lawsuit against an OB/GYN who just happens to be the new mother’s best friend. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Fred Krakowiak will share Africa: An Artist’s Safari, a handsomely rendered “memoir and meditation” about its author’s trip to a lush, animal-laden land. Rife with expressive watercolors and incisive text, Africa leaves its readers yearning for a trip to The Dark Continent. Finally, Kentucky-based historian Charles B. Flood discusses 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History, a gripping re-creation of the last year of Abraham Lincoln’s life — an agonizing period in which the fate of our very country hung in the balance. 7 p.m. Monday. Get more information about these events and find nearby bars and restaurants here.