Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Isabel Allende, others visiting Seattle this fall

A wide range of authors, from “America’s librarian” Nancy Pearl to Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander to actor Bruce Campbell (yes, of “The Evil Dead” fame) will be dropping by to read, sign and talk books.

Lit Life

Like flurries of autumn leaves, authors are descending on Seattle in droves this fall. Here are some of the more prominent names dropping by to read, sign and talk books with us over the next couple of months.

Nathan Englander

Englander, author of the short-story collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist) makes two appearances here on Sept. 25 with his new novel, “Dinner at the Center of the Earth”: as a Literary Luncheon guest at Ravenna Third Place at 1 p.m. ($45; includes book and lunch) and at 7 p.m. at Elliott Bay Book Co.

Nicole Krauss

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The author of “The History of Love” and “Great House” returns with her new novel “Forest Dark,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Elliott Bay Book Co.

Charlaine Harris

Fans of “True Blood,” take note: The author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which the HBO series was based, is in town with the latest of her Aurora Teagarden mysteries, “Sleep Like a Baby.” 7 p.m. Sept. 28, University Temple United Methodist Church; tickets are $25.99 (admits two, includes book).

Celeste Ng

Can the author of “Everything I Never Told You” repeat that novel’s stunning success — or its beautifully controlled yet compulsively readable tone? Ng’s here with her second book, “Little Fires Everywhere,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Elliott Bay Book Co.

James McBride

McBride is a 2013 National Book Award Winner for “The Good Lord Bird,” a novel narrated by an escaped slave. Also the author of “The Color of Water” and the James Brown biography “Kill ‘Em and Leave,” he’s in town with his new short-story collection “Five Carat Soul.” 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Third Place Books at Seward Park.

Janet Mock

The journalist, transgender activist and author of the memoirs “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More” and “Surpassing Certainty” speaks at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Benaroya Hall; tickets begin at $35.

Masha Gessen

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