Get ready to trade outdoor summer socialization for indoor fall retreats — perhaps curled up on the couch with a new book after an in-person or virtual author visit? Here are some notable Seattle-area author events on the horizon.
After the August release of her book, “Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of a Pacific Coast City,” the fourth-generation Japanese American, history professor and former Densho archivist from Seattle will be talking about how marginalized Indigenous peoples and Asian migrant laborers helped build the city.
7 p.m. Sept. 15; The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; in-person; free; elliottbaybook.com
In 2021, the Tanzanian-born British novelist became the first Black writer to receive the Nobel Prize in literature since Toni Morrison in 1993. He will speak with moderator, author, essayist and Seattle University journalism professor Sonora Jha about his 2020 book, “Afterlives,” set in colonial East Africa.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 20; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.,
Seattle; in-person and virtual; $10-$100; lectures.org
In 2014, the internet cartoonist known for his XKCD.com stick-figure web comics published “What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,” a book using math and science to answer the internet’s weirdest questions. He returns with the sequel, “What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.” University of Washington astronomer Emily Levesque will serve as the moderator.
7 p.m. Sept. 20; Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E. #A101, Lake Forest Park; in-person only; $33 (includes general admission and a copy of “What If? 2”); thirdplacebooks.com
Robin D.G. Kelley
Two decades after “Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination” first published, the history professor and author presents an updated anniversary edition containing a new foreword, epilogue and reflections.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 21; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; in-person; $5; townhallseattle.org
The American Book Award winner for her short story collection “Useful Phrases for Immigrants” will be discussing her newest collection, “Tomorrow in Shanghai and Other Stories.” She will be joined by Charles Yu, who won the 2020 National Book Award for “Interior Chinatown.”
7 p.m. Sept. 26; virtual; free-$24.79 (the fee includes the cost of “Tomorrow In Shanghai and Other Stories” or “Interior Chinatown”); elliottbaybook.com
Andrew Sean Greer
The 2017 novel “Less” — a hilarious and moving story about an aging and gay author who travels the world on speaking engagements to avoid his ex’s wedding — earned Greer the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. His visit follows the September release of the sequel, “Less is Lost.”
7 p.m. Oct. 3; Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E. #A101, Lake Forest Park; in-person only; $32 (one ticket admits two people); thirdplacebooks.com
Known for “Hamnet,” which won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Fiction, the author will be promoting her newest September release, “The Marriage Portrait,” the story of a duchess in Renaissance Italy.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; in-person and virtual; $10-$100; lectures.org
The Man Booker Prize winner and National Book Award finalist who wrote “Lincoln in the Bardo” and “Tenth of December” has a new collection of nine short stories, “Liberation Day.”
5 p.m. Oct. 17; virtual; $29.82 (includes a copy of “Liberation Day”); elliottbaybook.com
She once feared that no one would read “Everything I Never Told You.” After the commercial success of her debut and the made-for-Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere,” the New York Times bestselling author is promoting her third book, “Our Missing Hearts.”
7:30 p.m. Oct. 17; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; in-person and virtual; $10-$132 (most tickets will include a copy of “Our Missing Hearts”); lectures.org
The Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam is debuting his memoir, “No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies” — described as a “coming-of-age story and a call for justice, particularly for Indigenous peoples.”
7:30 p.m. Oct. 19; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; in-person and virtual; $10-100; lectures.org
Luis Alberto Urrea
The Mexican American Pulitzer Prize finalist will return to the Seattle area to participate in the Seattle Public Library’s first in-person Seattle Reads event in three years. His 2018 novel, “The House of Broken Angels,” was selected as the library’s 2022 book club pick.
7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St., Seattle (this program will be offered in Spanish); 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Seattle Public Library’s Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Seattle Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium and online, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free; spl.org/SeattleReads
The Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer will talk about his newest book, “And There Was Light,” which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 30; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; in-person and virtual; $10-$100 (Literary Arts Series subscriptions will include a copy of “And There Was Light”); lectures.org
The Maine native will be debuting his short story collection, “Night of the Living Rez,” set in the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up.
7 p.m. Nov. 2; The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; in-person; free; elliottbaybook.com
The New Yorker staff writer and son of Taiwanese immigrants will be debuting his memoir, “Stay True.”
7 p.m. Nov. 7; The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; in-person; free; elliottbaybook.com
The Pakistani American attorney’s memoir “Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat & Family” is set for a November release.
7 p.m. Nov. 17; The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; in-person; free; elliottbaybook.com
President Barack Obama’s White House photographer will present his newest book, “The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency.”
7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; in-person and virtual; $10-$150; lectures.org