Get ready, fiction fans: The next few months will be an exciting time for readers in Wichita.
Several best-selling, prize-winning authors — including veteran humorist David Sedaris — will visit Watermark Books & Cafe in May and June to promote their books, just in time for the summer reading season.
"All these people are world-class authors, and we are just so proud to have them come," said Sarah Bagby, owner of the independent bookstore at Douglas and Oliver.
"It shows that we have a really strong literary community here," she said. "We've built up this culture that appreciates reading and is just so engaged, whether it's through book clubs or whatever, and they get excited to see their favorite authors."
Here is a rundown of some upcoming author events. All except Sedaris' appearance are free; all will be 6 p.m. at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas:
Lisa Ko, May 10: Ko's debut novel, "The Leavers," won the Pen/Bellwether Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction. The book tells the story of Polly, an undocumented immigrant from China, and her son Deming, who is adopted by a white couple when Polly goes missing. It comes out in paperback April 24.
Sarah Winman, May 18: Winman's debut novel, "When God Was a Rabbit," became an international bestseller and won the British actress and author several awards, including New Writer of the Year in 2011. Her third novel, "Tin Man," was published last summer and shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book Awards.
Gail Honeyman, June 8: Honeyman surprised and delighted the publishing world with her debut novel, "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine," which she wrote in her mid-40s while working at Glasgow University in Scotland. Reese Witherspoon's production company recently bought the rights to take Eleanor to the big screen, with Witherspoon lined up to play the title character. The book will be released in paperback later this year.
Jennifer Egan, June 12: Egan won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for her experimental novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad," which includes a chapter written entirely as a PowerPoint presentation. Her newest book, "Manhattan Beach," was nominated for last year's National Book Award and is on the longlist for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction. It will be released in paperback June 5.
Zinzi Clemmons, June 13: Clemmons' debut novel, "What We Lose," was a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and named a best book of the year by NPR, Esquire, LitHub and Kirkus Reviews. It's the story of a young African-American woman coming of age and dealing with issues of race, sex, love and loss.
David Sedaris, June 20: Sedaris has visited Wichita regularly over the past several years, including last spring at the Orpheum Theatre. Known for hilarious essay collections such as "Holidays on Ice," "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," Sedaris will read and sign books at Watermark to promote his new book, "Calypso," which will be released May 29. Tickets are $28 plus tax and include a copy of "Calypso." They go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday.