Appearances from Margaret Combs, Michael Finkel, Matt Ruff and Nisi Shawl and more.
Here are some selected author appearances this week in Seattle. For a complete lineup, consult the website of your favorite bookstore or venue.
A local journalist and author, Combs will speak about her new memoir, “Hazard: A Sister’s Flight from Family and a Broken Boy,” about growing up with a disabled sibling. 3 p.m. March 19 at Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island.
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In the dark wilderness of Maine, a young man vanished in 1986 — emerging 27 years later, now middle-aged and unaccustomed to fellow humans. Journalist Finkel tells a you-can’t-make-it-up tale in “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.” 7 p.m. March 20 at Elliott Bay Book Co. and 7 p.m. March 21 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.
Matt Ruff and Nisi Shawl
Local author Shawl, whose steampunk novel “Everfair” was described in The Seattle Times last year as “an exciting and original take on a too-little-known period of history,” shares a stage with Ruff, whose new novel “Lovecraft Country” examines the terrors of life in Jim Crow America. 7 p.m. March 21 at Elliott Bay Book Co.
The playwright will read from his second novel, “Edgar and Lucy,” about an 8-year-old boy and his troubled mother. 7 p.m. March 21 at University Book Store.
The former New York Times Asia correspondent will discuss his new book, “Everything Under The Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power” with Jacqueline Miller, CEO of the World Affairs Council. 7 p.m. March 21 at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum.
The author of “The Middlesteins” returns with her new novel, “All Grown Up,” and will chat on stage with Maria Semple (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” “Today Will Be Different.”). 7 p.m. March 23 at Elliott Bay Book. Co.
The Olympia-based author (“Border Songs,” “Truth Like the Sun”) will read from his latest novel, “Before the Wind” (newly out in paperback), about a family of sailors who spend their days on Puget Sound. 6:30 p.m. March 23 at Ballard Branch Library.