Literature: Spring Arts Preview 2012

Seven author appearances you won't want to miss in Seattle this spring.

Louise Glück: Acclaimed New York poet. Known for: Winning a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, serving as U.S. poet laureate (2003–2004) and penning unflinching, gorgeous poems. Reading: As part of Seattle Arts & Lectures. 3/15. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230;

Alain de Botton: Funny and philosophical Swiss writer of keen essays. Known for: Intellectual ponderings on everyday modern life, such as Status Anxiety and The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. Reading: From his new book, Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion. 3/16. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Meany Hall, UW campus, 15th Avenue NE & NE 40th Street; 206.543.4880;

Jack Hitt
: Humorous nonfiction writer for The New York Times and Harper’s, among others. Known for: Regular appearances on This American Life. Performing: A new one-man show called Making Up the Truth, in which he interlaces the latest brain science research with personal stories. 3/15–3/17. 8 p.m. $12–$15. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.329.2629;

Heidi Julavits: New England–based novelist and co-editor of The Believer. Known for: Compellingly weird fiction, including The Effect of Living Backwards. Reading: From her acclaimed new novel, The Vanishers, about female rivalry, grief and psychic powers. 4/4. 4 p.m. Free. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE; 206.634.3400;

Jonah Lehrer: Nonfiction journalist for Wired and The New Yorker who bridges the gap between science and humanities. Known for: The books Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide. Reading: From his brand-new title, Imagine: How Creativity Works. 4/9. 7:30 p.m. $5. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.; 206.652.4255;

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigerian fiction writer. Known for: Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. Reading: As part of Seattle Arts & Lectures. 5/2. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230;

Matthew & Michael Dickman: Up-and-coming Portland-based twin poets. Known for: Being identical, but having thoroughly distinct writing styles. Reading: From their new joint collection, 50 American Plays, Poems About All 50 States, for Seattle Arts & Lectures. 5/15. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230;