Novelist Louise Penny will talk about and sign copies of her new best-seller, “How the Light Gets In.” This ninth installment in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series finds the Montreal detective returning to Three Pines during Christmastime to investigate a mysterious disappearance and also seek a safe haven for himself and his still-loyal colleagues from the homicide department.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31

WHERE: First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: [email protected]; 871-1700 ext. 723