Here's a way to brace up a bunch of first-time novelists — hold a reading en masse within the welcoming walls of a friendly neighborhood...

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Here’s a way to brace up a bunch of first-time novelists — hold a reading en masse within the welcoming walls of a friendly neighborhood tavern.

Four debut novelists are coming through Seattle next week on a “First Fiction Tour,” and will test their locution on the crowd at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. If all goes well, they can toast their success — if it bombs, well … have another beer.

Here’s the lineup. All descriptions of novelistic content courtesy of the University Book Store, co-sponsor of the event:

Marya Hornbacher, author of “The Center of Winter” (HarperCollins), “about the effects of suicide on the family left behind.”

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Edward Schwarzschild, author of “Responsible Men” (Algonquin), the story of a “salesman of questionable moral value who returns home to reevaluate his life.”

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, author of “The Effects of Light” (Warner), a tale of “daughters raised by a father after a car accident kills a mother, and the controversy that erupts around nude portraits taken of them.”

Matthew Carnahan, author of “Serpent Girl” (Villard), a tale of a “doped-up carnie on the road to find the money his friends have taken from him.”

Break out the beer nuts — the words and booze begin to flow at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sunset, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W. Free (206-634-3400 or consult the tavern’s Web site at www.sunsettavern.com).

— Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor