Here are some intriguing author appearances during the week of Sept. 8-14 in Seattle.
A Beach Boy, a folk singer and an author of beloved mysteries are just three of the literary events this week, now that Labor Day has passed and the fall books season is in full swing. Here are some highlights; for full listings, check the website for your favorite bookstore or venue.
Hooper, a local high-school teacher, will read from her debut novel, “The Other Alcott,” inspired by the life of Louisa May Alcott’s youngest sister, May (who was herself the inspiration for artistic Amy in “Little Women”). 7 p.m. Sept. 8, Elliott Bay Book Co.
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The author of “Harmless Like You,” a 2016 novel about a Japanese artist and the son she abandoned, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Hugo House.
The NPR music critic — and former Seattleite — will speak with local DJ Riz Rollins about her new book, “Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music,” at 7 p.m. at The Summit (420 E. Pike St.), presented by Town Hall; $5.
“A Vampire is a Flexible Metaphor” is the rather irresistible topic tackled by Link, author of the darkly magical story collection “Get in Trouble,” as part of Hugo House’s Words Work series. 7 p.m. Sept. 8, Frye Art Museum.
The popular mystery author (who divides her time between Seattle and Tucson) is back with her latest J.P. Beaumont novel, “Proof of Life.” She’ll appear at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.
Denfeld, a Portland-based author, drew on her background as both a death-penalty investigator and an abused child for “The Child Finder,” a harrowing yet poetic examination of a young woman who finds lost children, a little girl who desperately needs to be found and the monstrous yet human man who has taken her. The darkness that the novel probes is hard to take, but Denfeld’s determination to find the souls of all of her characters is fascinating, and the writing quietly shimmers. 7 p.m. Sept. 9, Elliott Bay Book Co.
The popular folk singer’s appearance, in which she’ll discuss her book “What I Found In a Thousand Towns” with Washington state Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, is sold out, but last-minute standby tickets ($5) might be available to those who show up early and get in line. 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Rainier Arts Center (3515 S. Alaska St.), presented by Town Hall.
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The two local historians, along with the staff of HistoryLink, are the authors of “Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal,” about which they’ll speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.
Gore, founder of the magazine Hip Mama, is here with her latest novel: “We Were Witches,” a coming-of-age tale of a teen mother based on her own life. 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Elliott Bay Book Co.
A journalist for The Nation, Nichols is here to discuss his timely new book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at The Summit (420 E. Pike St.), presented by Town Hall; $5.
Another local author, White will discuss his latest book, “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean,” about his five-continents journey of studying the world’s currents. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, University Lutheran Church (1604 N.E. 50th St.), presented by Town Hall; $5.
A former professor and dean at the University of Washington, Locke was the administrative assistant to the Detroit police chief when the 1967 riots broke out in that city (recently depicted in the film “Detroit”). He’ll discuss his book about that time, “The Detroit Riot of 1967,” at noon Sept. 12 at Folio Seattle (314 Marion St.); $10.
The actor (“St. Elsewhere,” “Knight Rider,” “Boy Meets World”) is in town with his new memoir, “There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT & Many Others.” 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.
Johns’ beautiful art book “The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness,” brings to light the life and work of a Seattle artist (1891-1964) incarcerated in Minidoka during World War II. She’ll speak with Tom Ikeda, founding executive director of the nonprofit organization Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Seattle Public Library.
The author of “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus” is joined by local author Claire Dederer (“Love and Trouble”) to discuss the complex topic of sexual consent on college campuses. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, University Lutheran Church (1604 N.E. 50th St.), presented by Town Hall; $5.
Yes, that would be Mike Love of the Beach Boys, who’s in town (appropriately, since we seem to be having an endless summer) to read from and sign copies of his memoir, “Good Vibrations.” Now just try to get that tune out of your head. 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at University Book Store.
A physician, activist, filmmaker and author, Rothchild will discuss her new book “Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine.” 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Third Place Books at Seward Park.
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