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Old favorites and new traditions

This fall's Seattle-area literary lineup features the classic and the innovative, the old and the new, from Seattle Arts & Lectures to the Northwest Bookfest in downtown Kirkland.

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This fall's Seattle-area literary lineup features the classic and the innovative, the old and the new. Thanks to robust independent bookstores, provocative reading series and the presence of a certain online book retailer, authors are glad to make the pilgrimage to Seattle.

"Old" (relatively speaking) is Seattle Arts & Lectures, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. SAL has a stellar lineup, including New York Times simple-eating guru Mark Bittman (Sept. 19), novelist T.C. Boyle (Sept. 24), poet Dean Young (Oct. 2), New Yorker staff writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (Oct. 10), novelist Louise Erdrich (Oct. 15), British novelist Hari Kunzru (Oct. 23) and poets Maggie Nelson and Eileen Meyles (Nov. 15). (For the complete list go to

"New" is the Northwest Bookfest. The festival isn't new, of course, but the venue (downtown Kirkland), in its second year, has achieved a respectable lineup of mostly local authors. Headliners for the Sept. 22-23 event include J.A. Jance, Ivan Doig, David Guterson, Elizabeth George, Jim Lynch, Greg Bear, Karl Marlantes, Blaine Harden, Robert Dugoni, Yasmine Galenorn, Nancy Horan and Richelle Mead.

Other noteworthy events include the Richard Hugo House Literary Series, with events Oct. 19 and Nov. 16 ( Stand-alone appearances/events worth seeing include Sherman Alexie (Oct. 2, Oct. 8); the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair (Oct. 13-14); J.R. Moehringer (Oct. 15); Jasper Fforde (Oct. 15); graphic novelists Chris Ware, Charles Burns and Chip Kidd (Oct. 22); Timothy Egan (Oct. 30, Nov. 1); and Justin Cronin (Nov. 5).

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or Gwinn appears every Tuesday on TVW's "Well Read," discussing books with host Terry Tazioli (go to for archived episodes). On Twitter @gwinnma.

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