Here are notable author appearances for the week of Nov. 17-23.
Some familiar names and some new faces are among this week’s crop of author appearances. Here’s a partial list; for full listings, visit the website of your favorite bookstore or venue.
Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen
Yes, that Alec Baldwin (and no, he’s not coming as Trump). The authors of “You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)” will sign copies of their book at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Elliott Bay Book Co. You need a ticket for the signing line; $29 (includes book, available through brownpapertickets.com).
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Don’t tell your kitty, but the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” is in town with a new book, “Total Cat Mojo: Everything You Need to Know to Care For Your Favorite Feline Friend.” 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at University Temple United Methodist Church; tickets are $26.99 (admits two humans, includes book) and available through brownpapertickets.com.
Some timely tech talk, from the author of “Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Impact Hub (220 Second Ave. S., Seattle); $5, presented by Town Hall.
Sportscaster, political candidate, bookstore owner, barber … Ventrella writes about the people he’s met in his travels through life in his new book, “Here’s Smiling At You.” Book-launch party at 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Book & Mortar Books.
Chocano, a longtime pop-culture critic who’s currently a contributing writer to The New York Times magazine, is here with her new collection of essays, titled “You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks and Other Mixed Messages.” 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Elliott Bay Book Co.
The author of the memoir “Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey” will discuss her solo voyage from Alaska to her home in the San Juan Islands. 6 p.m. Nov. 19, Green Lake Bathhouse Theater; $5, presented by Town Hall.
The man behind the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” empire will host a family-friendly afternoon in celebration of his latest book, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway.” 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at University Book Store. Tickets are $13.95 and include a copy of the book (ticketholders under 16 may bring a parent or guardian), available through brownpapertickets.com.
The environmental activist and co-founder of Step It Up and 350.org is here with his fiction debut: the novel “Radio Free Vermont,” about two radicals and an underground radio show in backwoods Vermont. 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Elliott Bay Book Co.