‘How to Train Your Dragon’ author Cressida Cowell among visiting writers this week

Here are notable author events for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 6.

Visiting authors are out in force this week; here’s just a sampling. For complete listings, visit the website of your favorite bookstore or venue.

Richard White

“The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896” is the impressive title of MacArthur Fellow (and former UW professor) White’s latest work; he’ll discuss it (and that era’s parallels to today) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at The Summit (420 E. Pike St., Seattle); $5.

Maria Alyokhina

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Visiting from Moscow, the political activist and former Pussy Riot musician will discuss her memoir, “Riot Days” — and her two-year prison term for “organized hooliganism.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Elliott Bay Book Co.

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. Monday, Oct. 2, at Elliott Bay Book Co.

Colleen Hoover

Hoover, the best-selling author of “It Ends With Us” and “November 9,” is in town with her new novel, “Without Merit.” 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.

Stephen Greenblatt

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor discusses, with author Lesley Hazelton, his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium; $5.

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. Tuesday, Oct. 3, Third Place Books at Seward Park.

Cressida Cowell

The creator of the “How to Train Your Dragon” books is here with the first book of a new series, “The Wizard of Once” — and, yes, there will be a costume contest. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park.

Patrick Rothfuss

The best-selling fantasy author is in town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first novel, “The Name of the Wind,” which is being rereleased in a deluxe hardcover edition….

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