Charles Baxter He reads from his new story collection There’s Something I Want You to Do. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. $5. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10.
John W. Dean Once a member of the late, disgraced president’s inner circle, he’ll share from The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10.
Sarah J. Maas Her new fantasy tome is Heir of Fire. Also appearing will be Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles) and Mandy Hubbard (Fool Me Twice). Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, thirdplacebooks.com. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10.
Tomboy is her memoir of punk rock and gender identity. Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10.
Vikram Chandra From India, the noted novelist shares from his new nonfiction account Geek Sublime: The Code of Beauty, the Beauty of Code. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 11.
Gloria DeGaetano Her parenting guide (and gun-control guide?) is Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill. Third Place, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 11.
George Marshall He’ll find a receptive local audience for his Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Town Hall, $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 11.
Flings collects his recent short stories. Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 11.
Franklin Veaux and Eve Ricker
More Than Two is their new polyamory guide. Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 11.
Kiersten White and Natalie Whipple Their new magical fantasy novels are, respectively, Illusions of Fate and Transparent. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 11.
James Ellroy The lyrically profane master of crime fiction, probably now possessed of living literary icon status, reads from Perfidia, set in prewar L.A., of course. He’ll also appear at Seattle Mystery Bookshop at noon today. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 12.
Thom Hartmann This is a fundraiser for YES! magazine, which includes a dinner banquet option. The popular liberal radio host will discuss his new The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America and What We Can Do About It. Town Hall, $20-$250. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 12.
Peter May He continues his Scotland-set crime series with The Lewis Man. Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 12.
Seattle Public Library Big Fall Book Sale Sort through thousands of bargain books and other printed material at Building 30 at the north end of the park. Preview for designated friends of the library 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. Open to public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., spl.org. Fri.-Sun.
Mac Barnett Birds relay a message in his children’s book Telephone. University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., 425-462-4500, bookstore.washington.edu. 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13.
James Dashner With a movie based on his books being released this week, he’ll read from The Maze Runner Trilogy. University Book Store, 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13.
Joe Guppy A local therapist, he ends up in the psych ward, as detailed in his memoir My Fluorescent God. Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13.
Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms is her new cookbook. Elliott Bay, 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13.
Tony Hoagland He’ll read verse from his Don’t Tell Anyone, then talk about it with fellow poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen. Richard Hugo House, $5. 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 14.
Joannie Stangeland and Oliver de la Paz Their new poetry collections are In Both Hands and Post Subject: a Fable, respectively. Elliott Bay, 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 14.
StringTown Literary Journal Reading Contributors include Bethany Reid, Judith Skillman, Larry Crist, Polly Buckingham, Caroline Allen, Anita Boyle, and James Bertolino. Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., stringtownpress.org, 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 14.
Katherine Bouton In the long run, most of us will be partially deaf, as the author discusses in her Shouting Won’t Help: Why I-and 50 Million Other Americans-Can’t Hear You. Town Hall, $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 15.
Daniel James Brown and David Laskin The two local authors discuss their hit history books The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century (about Laskin’s own family) and The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636, spl.org. 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 15.
Ruth DeFries Does dystopia lie ahead? Ask the author of The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis. Town Hall, $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 15.
Jess Row Kids from different races swap identities in his Your Face in Mine. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 15.
Matthew Thomas His sweeping novel We Are Not Ourselves follows a working-class clan of Irish Americans through the 20th century. Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 15.
Diane Ackerman She’ll discuss her natural history The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us with radio host Steve Scher. Town Hall, $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 16.
Elizabeth Guss, Mary Richardson, and Janice C. O’Mahony All three writers contributed to the history anthology Whidbey Island: Reflections on People & the Land. University Book Store (Bellevue), 6 p.m. Tues., Sept. 16.
James Pendleton He shares from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Coconut Oil Diet. Third Place, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 16.
Leila Lalami Her maritime adventure The Moor’s Account is set during the 1700s. Seattle Central Library, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 16.
Marilyn Reynolds, Jeremy M. Tolbert, and Theresa McCormick They’ll discuss their three books For the Love of Nature and Between the Worlds, Talking With the Devil About Love, and A Far Cry From Here: Growing up and Out of Fundamentalism. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 16.
Lawrence Wright To understand the Middle East today, he goes back to 1978 in Thirteen Days in Sept.: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David. Town Hall, $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 16.
Quest is her new adventure tome for kids. (Also: Northeast Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. Thurs.) University Book Store, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 17.
A Triple Knot is her new palace thriller, set in the reign of Edward III. University Book Store (Bellevue), 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 17.
F is the title of the German author’s new novel, about three brothers. Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 17.
Caitlin Doughty She delves among the dead in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 18.
Robert Pinsky Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures, the eminent poet is joined by Heather McHugh and other local verse-slingers. Town Hall, lectures.org. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 18.
Seattle Lit Fix On hand will be Susan Rich (Cloud Pharmacy), Jim Ruland (Big Lonesome), Kelli Russell Agodon (Hourglass Museum), Jay Ponteri (Ghost Proposal), and Jenny Hayes (Eclectica). 21 and over. JewelBox Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. $5. 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 18.
Laurence Steinberg His Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence considers your troubled teens. Town Hall, $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 18.
Rosehead is her new YA adventure book, set in Germany. Third Place, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19.
Gay Romance Panel E.E. Ottoman, Radclyffe, Rick R. Reed, Rose Christo, and Jordan Castillo Price discuss their craft. They also appear at Seattle Central Library the following Sat. morning at 10 a.m. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19.
Betsy Leondar-Wright She discusses her Missing Class: Building Bridges Across the Class Divide. Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19.
Mona Simpson The author of Casebook is joined by locals Dorothea Lasky and Carter Sickels. With music from Drop Shadows. The evening’s theme is ”Backseats &Bedrooms.” Richard Hugo House, $15-$25. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19.