Five authors in town this week

Five authors — representing nonfiction, cookbooks and poetry — will make appearances this week as part of three events in Wichita.

S.C. Gwynne, author of "Empire of the Summer Moon," will give a presentation and sign books Monday at 7 p.m. at the Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main.

"Empire of the Summer Moon," now out in paperback (Scribner, 384 pages, $16), tells the epic history of the Comanche Indians, as well as the story of Quanah Parker, the son of a Comanche father and a white mother, who went on to become the last Comanche chief.

On Wednesday, local cooking instructor, Eagle columnist and author Bonnie Aeschliman will host a free discussion and book-signing at 7 p.m. at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas.

"Cooking with Bonnie: Farm to France," (Culinary Concepts, 224 pages, $34.95) is Aeschliman's third cookbook, a "culinary journey" featuring 150 recipes organized into menus, lavish photos and cooking tips.

Friday is a double-dip for poetry fans, with former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low and Minnesota poet Kathryn Kysar reading from their work and signing books. Low's most recent collection is "Ghost Stories of the New West: From Einstein's Brain to Geronimo's Boots"; Kysar's is "Pretend the World."

The event starts at 7 p.m. at Watermark.

And on Saturday, romantic-fiction writer Maryann McFadden will be in Wichita for a reading and book-signing at 2 p.m. at Watermark. McFadden is the author of "So Happy Together" and "The Richest Season."

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Also this week: The Friends of the Wichita Public Library used-book sale starts Wednesday evening for members, Thursday for the public. The sale is at 601 N. West St., in a warehouse behind Book-A-Holic.

The sale is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Wichita Public Library.