Nancy Pearl and other authors make Seattle appearances

Here are some intriguing author appearances during the week of Sept. 1-7 in Seattle.

Will she bring her action figure? Nancy Pearl, presenting her debut novel, is one of a number of writers — many of them locals — making appearances this week. For complete listings, see the website of your favorite bookstore or venue.

Robert Michael Pyle

Pyle, a conservationist and nature writer, is here to celebrate the re-release of his 1995 book “Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide,” about his travels into the legend of Sasquatch. 7 p.m. Sept. 1, Ravenna Third Place.

Nate Dern

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Dern, senior writer at Funny or Die (and former artistic director of Upright Citizens Brigade Theater), reads from his new collection of essays, “Not Quite a Genius.” 7 p.m. Sept. 1, University Book Store.

Louisa Morgan

Local author Morgan reads from her new novel, the five-generation historical saga “A Secret History of Witches.” 7 p.m. Sept. 5, University Book Store.

Nancy Pearl

Honesty compels me to report that I am writing this from a desk overseen by a Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure. Pearl, a Seattleite whose many honors (in addition to the above) include the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award, is here to present her first novel: “George & Lizzie,” about a marriage at a crossroads. 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at, you guessed it, the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.

Peter de Campo

The documentary photographer and co-founder of the Instagram project Everyday Africa appears with “Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent,” edited by de Campo, Austin Merritt and Nana Kofi Acquah. 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Elliott Bay Book Co.

Jarret Middleton

The local writer and editor (Pharos Editions) will read from his Southern-gothic debut novel, “Darkansas.” 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

Langdon Cook

Cook, a local author and forager, will speak about his latest book, “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Elliott Bay Book Co.

Sam Kean

A science writer who Kirkus Reviews describes as “using his freewheeling style to translate hard scientific facts into lively stories,” Kean will talk about his new book, “Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.” 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Bathhouse Theater (Green Lake).


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