Dennis Lehane, Louise Penny, Kristin Hannah, Delia Ephron, Sherman Alexie and Arundhati Roy are just a few.
Summer brings a parade of authors to town; here are a few to add to your calendar. Times, dates and locations are subject to change; be sure to check with the venue closer to the date.
May 26: Philip Caputo
The best-selling author of “A Rumor of War” and numerous other books comes to town with his new novel “Some Rise by Sin,” set in a Mexican village menaced by a drug cartel. 7:30 p.m., Town Hall
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May 31: Scaachi Koul
Koul, a BuzzFeed writer whose first collection of essays is “One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter,” will speak in conversation with author Lindy West (“Shrill”) at 7 p.m. at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.
June 5: Dennis Lehane
Known for his page-turning mysteries (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island”), many of them set in his hometown of Boston — and many of them turned into popular movies — Lehane’s here with his latest novel, “Since We Fell.” (And yes, there’s already a movie deal.) 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co.
June 5: Courtney Maum
The author of “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” — a summer-reading hit in 2014— comes to town with her new novel, “Touch.” 12 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co.
June 6: Dr. Willie Parker
Parker, whose new book “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice” discusses his experiences as an abortion provider, will be joined by West and actress/activist Martha Plimpton. 7 p.m. Town Hall; $15.
June 7: Jeff Shaara
Shaara, author of numerous books of military fiction (his first novel, “Gods and Generals,” became a 2003 movie), will speak about his latest, “The Frozen Hours.” 7 p.m. , University Book Store.
June 7: Susan Burton
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The author, who turned to drugs after the death of her young son, writes of her journey to recovery in the memoir “Becoming Ms. Burton.” 7 p.m., Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.
June 9: Kristin Hannah
This is a rare opportunity to hear Hannah, the Bainbridge Island-based author of numerous national bestsellers — including her most recent, “The Nightingale” — courtesy of the Everett Public Library. 7 p.m., Everett Performing Arts Center.
June 12: Fredrik Backman
The Swedish author of numerous novels (including the best-selling “A Man Called Ove”) will speak in conversation with The Seattle Times’ Nicole Brodeur about his new book, “Beartown.” 7 p.m. Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park; tickets available at any Third Place Books store with purchase of “Beartown.”
June 13: Delia Ephron
Ephron (yes, she’s Nora’s sister) is an acclaimed writer in her own right; her recent works include an essay collection (“Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.)”) and the secrets-unraveled-on-vacation novel “Siracusa.” 7 p.m., University Book Store.
June 14: Sherman Alexie
The local author of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” turns to memoir for his newest work, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir,” about his relationship with his late mother. 7:30 p.m., Town Hall; $5.
June 20: Eddie Izzard
Izzard, the British actor/comedian, will discuss (and, presumably, explain the title of) his new memoir, “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.” 7 p.m. Moore Theatre; tickets are $50.
June 23: Nathan Hill
HIll’s debut novel, “The Nix,” made a big splash last year; it was published worldwide in 30 languages. Now he’s here with the paperback; ask him how the planned miniseries is coming along. 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co.
June 27: Arundhati Roy
Twenty years ago, Roy won the Man Booker Prize for her first novel, “The God of Small Things”; now she comes to town with her long-awaited second novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.” 7:30 p.m. Town Hall; $5.
July 8: Beatriz Williams
Born and raised in Seattle, best-selling author Williams returns home with her newest book “Cocoa Beach,” set in Prohibition-era Florida. 6:30 p.m., Third Place Books at Seward Park.
July 10: Julia Glass
The National Book Award winner (“Three Junes”) comes to town with her sixth work of fiction, “A House Among Trees” — about the bond between a famous writer and his assistant. 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co.
August 14: Danzy Senna
Winner of the 2017 Dos Passos Prize for Literature, Senna is the author of the 1999 best-selling novel “Caucasia” and is here with her latest work, the novel “New People.” 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co.
August 17: Tom Perotta
Perrotta’s one of those authors whose books keep getting filmed — “Election,” “Little Children,” the TV series “The Leftovers.” See if that’s the fate for his newest novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” about a divorced mother and her college-age son. Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.
Aug. 28: Dan Jones
Speaking of television adaptations, the author of “The Plantaganets” (filmed for the BBC) returns with a new nonfiction work: “The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors.” 7 p.m., Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.
Aug. 29: Louise Penny
The author of the popular series of mysteries set in a charming Quebec town and featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache will speak about her latest, “Glass Houses.” 7 p.m., University Temple United Methodist Church (presented by University Book Store).
Sept. 5: Nancy Pearl
Here’s a novelist whose name Seattle knows: Pearl, surely the only former Seattle librarian to have her own action figure, is making her fiction debut with “George and Lizzie.” 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.