Authors and styles will run the gamut

Authors for all tastes – award-winning poets, bestselling novelists, memoirists and nonfiction writers – will pay visits to Charlotte and points near in coming months.

In September, mark your calendar for talks from two authors with captivating true stories.

Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of “The Glass Castle,” speaks at Appalachian State on Thursday. Walls' memoir of her unusual childhood has been a book club favorite.

And on Sept. 15, “The Colors of the Mountain” author Da Chen, who writes of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, speaks at Belmont Abbey College.

October in Charlotte means the monthlong Novello Festival of Reading, sponsored by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. “Presumed Innocent” author Scott Turow kicks it off Oct. 2. “The Kite Runner” author Khaled Hosseini speaks on Oct. 15.

Several colleges have booked speakers with provocative views of all stripes. U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R.-Neb., speaks at UNC Charlotte on Oct. 30. Belmont Abbey hosts authors examining the future of conservatism on Oct. 24-25. And Jonathan Kozol, who writes about inequalities in public education, talks at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory on Nov. 6.

Also at Lenoir-Rhyne, poet Galway Kinell, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, speaks on Sept. 25. Lenoir-Rhyne's Visiting Writers Series celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

For good writing close to home, Queens University of Charlotte always hosts some of the Carolinas' best writers at its spring Book & Author events, March 9-10. This year's guests include Ron Rash, a Western Carolina University professor whose newest novel, “Serena,” will be published in October.