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Elizabeth Gilbert
The "Eat, Pray, Love" author comes to Chicago on Oct. 30.

Nothing brings on a panic attack like a nightstand barren of page-turners. Books are our Ambien. Thankfully, four favorite female authors have new releases ripe for devouring. And thanks to the Chicago Tribune?s fall lineup of book events, they?ll be here to meet with superfans like us.

The Eastern Influence Jhumpa Lahiri won a Pulitzer for her collection of stories about the lives of Indians. Her new book, The Lowland, is about two brothers in vividly drawn Calcutta. Tomorrow at 7 p.m.; tickets $25; Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St.

The Chick-Lit Queen Bridget Jones, how we?ve adored you for, oh, 17 years. Jonesie catches us up on her life--which includes a (spoiler alert!) highly controversial plot twist--in Helen Fielding?s latest, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. October 18; tickets $25; Hotel InterContinental, 505 N. Michigan Ave.

The Soul Searcher A reread of Eat, Pray, Love still makes us want to buy a one-way ticket to paradise. Elizabeth Gilbert takes a different tack with The Signature of All Things, an elegant novel about a heroine who blazes trails and falls in love in the 1800s. October 30; tickets $25; Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St.

The Gothic Siren Her 1992 novel The Secret History made her famous, and Donna Tartt?s upcoming release, The Goldfinch, is the 800-page tale of a young boy thrust into a privileged New York City life. November 2; tickets $15; Northwestern University School of Law; 375 E. Chicago Ave.

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