Who’s Tyler Perry backing in the Atlanta mayoral race?

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and filmmaker Tyler Perry at the meeting announcing Perry's purchase of 330 acres at the former Fort McPherson Army base on Aug. 8, 2014. AJC file photo: David Tulis

Entertainment mogul filmmaker Tyler Perry has enjoyed a strong friendship with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed during the years Reed has run the city. He gives Hizzoner a shout-out in his soon-to-be-released inspirational book “Higher is Waiting,” crediting Reed with turning him onto the Fort McPherson property where his studio complex is now located.

So, who’s looking good to him in Tuesday’s contest to succeed Reed?

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“I am a fan of Keisha Lance Bottoms and I’m hoping she does well. I’m also a fan of Mary Norwood,” Perry said, diplomatically saluting the two front runners. “I just want whoever’s the best leader for the city. I want somebody who is strong and powerful and will do a great job. I think Kasim did a fantastic job.”

But enough about politics. Perry takes the stage at the Fox Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday to launch “Higher Is Waiting,” and guests who attend receive a signed copy of the book, in conjunction with local indie favorite A Cappella Books, before you can buy it in stores. It is due out Nov. 14.

Tickets to the Fox appearance range from $38.50 to $128.50, plus fees. See www.FoxTheatre.org, call 855-285-8499, or visit the Fox Theatre Ticket Office. Click here for more details.