Three acclaimed authors will be making stops in Wichita over the next two weeks: Alex Grecian, Deborah Harkness and Rebecca Makkai.
Mystery writer and Kansan Alex Grecian is back with the fourth installment in his Scotland Yard Murder Squad series, set in Victorian England. In “The Harvest Man” (Putnam, 384 pages, $26.95), the squad must deal not only with Jack the Ripper being back on the streets, but also with another serial killer, the titular Harvest Man. And lead detective Walter Day must adjust to the new pressures of family life that arrived with his wife giving birth to twins and her parents playing a much greater role in the running of their household.
Grecian will hold a reading and book-signing at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas. The event is free and open to the public.
Bestselling fantasy author Deborah Harkness has wrapped up her All Souls Trilogy with “The Book of Life” (Penguin, 561 pages, $17 paper). In this volume, academics Diana (a witch) and Matthew (a vampire) time-travel back to the present to complete their search for the Book of Life and learn the ancient secrets discovered by the witches.
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Harkness will visit Watermark at 6 p.m. June 2. Tickets are required for the event. Priority tickets are $17 plus tax and include a paperback copy of “The Book of Life”; tickets without a copy of the book are $10. For more information, call 316-682-1181.
Rebecca Makkai, who received copious praise for her debut novel “The Borrower,” will be in Wichita for the paperback release of her latest novel, “The Hundred-Year House” (Penguin, 338 pages, $16 paper). Starting in the present day and moving back through time, the story follows the history of a Chicago family’s estate, Laurelfield, and the people who have inhabited it – and their secrets – over the period of a century.
Makkai will read and sign books at Watermark at 6 p.m. June 4. The event is free and open to the public.
Lisa McLendon teaches journalism at the University of Kansas. Reach her at email@example.com.