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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will speak at Jimmy Carter Museum Thursday

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will speak at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

He has written a book, "Katrina's Secrets: Storms After the Storm." He will read from the book and autograph books in the Carter Museum theater.

"I thought to myself, ‘I’m a dead man! I have just publicly denounced the governor, U.S. Senators, FEMA and the president of the United States,’” Nagin writes. “I started wondering if during the night I would be visited by specially trained CIA agents. Could they secretly shoot me with a miniature, slow-acting poison dart?"

The ex-mayor also thought the city’s wealthy were trying to bug his hotel suite, he writes in his book.

Nagin self-published the book, saying at a recent news conference that if he went through an agent, he would have had to hand the book over to a publisher, who would cut a sentence here, clip a paragraph there. Nagin said he would not have the final say in how his story would be told, and that made him uncomfortable.

Books will be sold at the event.

Other authors coming to the Carter Library include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Simon Winchester, Candice Millard, Tom Brokaw and Harry Belafonte.

It's free.

Call 404-865-7100. The museum and library are usually open 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4:45 p.m. Sunday for the . museum and 8:30-4:30 p.m. for the library.

Tickets are 8; $6 for seniors 60 and older, military and students with IDs; free for children ages 16 and younger.

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