G. Willow Wilson, Hannah Tinti, Bassem Youssef, poets Carole Glasser Langille and Chrys Tobey, David Williams and Jonathan White.
Another week brings another flurry of author appearances to the Seattle area. Here are a few that looked especially interesting; for full schedules, visit the website of your favorite venue or bookstore.
The author of “Running with Scissors” (filmed in 2006, with a star turn by Annette Bening) and a number of other memoirs returns with a new one: “Lust & Wonder,” which explores his years in New York City as a freelance ad copywriter. 7 p.m. March 31, University Book Store.
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The Franklin Expedition, which sailed from England in May of 1841, famously vanished somewhere in the icy waters west of Greenland — until one of the ships was rediscovered some 170 years later. Watson, an award-winning journalist, recounts both the mystery and the discovery in “Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition”; he’ll talk about it at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at Town Hall Seattle; $5.
The “Jon Stewart of the Arab World” — a heart surgeon-turned-political satirist and author of the new book “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring” — appears at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Neptune Theatre; $30 (tickets include a copy of the book).
Alas, even a prayer to the Nordic gods probably won’t get you in: This rare appearance by the popular author — where he’ll talk about his latest, “Norse Mythology” — is sold out. 7 p.m. April 2, Benaroya Hall.
Speaking onstage with local author Laurie Frankel (“This Is How It Always Is”), Tinti’s here with her latest novel, the sprawling father-daughter odyssey “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.” 7 p.m. April 3, Elliott Bay Book Co.
Carole Glasser Langille and Chrys Tobey
It’s National Poetry Month, and in its honor Nova Scotia poet Langille (“Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems”) will be joined by local poet Tobey (“A Woman is a Woman is a Woman is a Woman”) for a reading of their work. 7 p.m. April 4, University Book Store.
Faith Erin Hicks and G. Willow Wilson
Fans of graphic novels, here’s one not to miss: Vancouver-based Hicks is here with “The Stone Heart,” the second installment in her Nameless City trilogy. She’ll speak in conversation with G. Willow Wilson, the local creator of the Hugo Award-winning Ms. Marvel comic. 7 p.m. April 4, Elliott Bay Book Co.
The Alaska-based author will read from and speak about “Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters,” about her two-year struggle to retrieve her children after their father abducted them and took them overseas. 7 p.m. April 5, University Book Store.
The poet, educator (he heads the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa) and author is here with his new book, “Self-Portrait with Dogwood,” a memoir written as he approached his 60th year. 7 p.m. April 5, Elliott Bay Book Co.
“Not just any writer could weave a story about sailing, speed dating, dysfunctional family dynamics and Albert Einstein into an emotionally resonant novel, but Jim Lynch is the man for it,” wrote my colleague Mary Ann Gwinn last year, of Lynch’s new novel, “Before the Wind.” To celebrate the paperback edition, he’ll read and speak at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Town Hall; $5.
Notley, the Paris-based author of more than 35 books of poetry and winner of the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, will read as part of Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Poetry Series; 7:30 p.m. April 5, McCaw Hall’s Nesholm Family Lecture Hall.
Walking shoes not required (though probably not a bad idea): Local writer Williams will speak about his latest book, “Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City.” “When it comes to discovering the city’s past, it will remove the scales from your eyes,” wrote Mary Ann Gwinn of his book, last month. 7 p.m. April 5, Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.
Werner will read from her debut novel, “The Good at Heart” — about a German family during World War II, and based on discoveries she made about the life of her great-grandfather. 7 p.m. April 6, Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.
A lot of us remember McCarthy as a young actor from the 1980s (he appeared in “Pretty in Pink,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Weekend at Bernie’s” and many other films); he’s now known as a writer, with a 2012 memoir (“The Longest Way Home”) and his just-published first novel, “Just Fly Away,” about a teenage girl dealing with family secrets. 7 p.m. April 6, Elliott Bay Book Co.
White — a writer, conservationist, sailor and surfer who lives on Orcas — will speak about his book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean,” and about his lifelong love for the sea. For the book, he travelled the world, examining the impact of tidal patterns on China’s Qiantang River, France’s Mont. St. Michel monastery, Chile, Scotland, Panama, Venice and more. 7 p.m. April 6 at Seattle Aquarium ($10 advance/$15 day of event).