■ Sherman Alexie, Sept. 11, Stranahan Theater. Known for his tales of contemporary American Indian life and themes of poverty, violence, and alcoholism among Native American people, his works include the film Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and Ten Little Indians, a national best seller.
■ Jimmy Santiago Baca, Oct. 2, Main Library’s McMaster Center. After being sentenced to several years in a maximum security prison, Mr. Baca threw himself into reading, writing, and poetry. His memoir is A Place to Stand, which won the International Award.
■ Political analyst Jeff Greenfield, Nov. 7, McMaster Center. Mr. Greenfield has spent more than 30 years on network television speaking about politics, history, and current events. His newest book, If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History, will be released in October.
■ Zadie Smith, March 5, Stranahan Theater. She finished her first novel, White Teeth (2000), during her last year at Cambridge University. It portrays a multicultural London as perceived through the members of three ethnically diverse families. Subsequent novels include NW (2012).
■ Military historian Rick Atkinson, May 1, McMaster Center. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he recently completed his Liberation Trilogy on World War II with publication of the third volume, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945. He wrote for the Washington Post for 25 years and has written books about the Persian Gulf War, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and West Point.
■ Henry Winkler, May 14, Stranahan Theater. Mr. Winkler is known by many as The Fonz in the television sitcom Happy Days. Between 2003 and 2007, he co-authored 12 children’s novels with Lin Oliver in a series called Hank Zipzer, the World’s Greatest Underachiever, based on his own early struggles with dyslexia.