Joe Biden, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris among authors coming to Seattle this week

Here are notable author events for the week of Dec. 1-7.

Some big names in town this week! As always: If you’re trying to get into a sold-out event, get there early. Details below; for full listings, see the website of your favorite bookstore or venue.

Lauren Danner

“Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park” is this Olympia-based writer’s new book, in celebration of the creation of the park nearly 50 years ago. 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Elliott Bay Book Co.

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A parade of local authors (including writers of mysteries, children’s books, historical fiction, young adult and other genres) will attend this festive day and evening at BookTree Kirkland, noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. See for the full lineup.

Joe Biden

The former vice president is on the road for his American Promise tour, in which he’ll discuss his political career and his personal challenges, the most recent of which (the death of his son Beau) he wrote about in his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Benaroya Hall. Tickets are sold out; there’s no standby line, but nonticketholders willing to take a chance should check with the box office that evening for possible returns.

Oliver Jeffers

The painter and picture-book maker, whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages, is here with his latest, “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.” 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at University Book Store; tickets are $19.99 (through and include admission for the family and a copy of the book.

Dr. Beverly Tatum

A psychologist and longtime educator, Tatum will discuss the issues raised by her landmark book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race,” now in its 20th edition. 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Westside School (10404 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle), presented by Town Hall. Tickets are $5 and are sold out, but there will be a standby line.

David Litt

One of the youngest presidential speechwriters ever, Litt is here with his new book, “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.” 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Elliott Bay Book Co.

Adam Jude

Husky fans, take note: The Seattle Times sports reporter will discuss his book, “100 Things Washington Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” at…

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