Best-selling author Michael Ondaatje — whose novel “The English Patient” became a nine-time Oscar-winning film — will be at the King’s English Bookshop on Saturday. He’ll read from his new novel, “Warlight,” and sign copies of the book.

Ondaatje is a poet turned novelist, which he explained during a 2011 appearance at the Salt Lake City Main Library. “I began as a poet, and hopefully still am,” he said. “Gradually, I slipped into prose. After that, I was lost to prose.”

Warlight” is, according to publisher Penguin Random House, “a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.”

In her review in the Washington Post, Anna Mundow wrote, “In ‘Warlight,’ all is illuminated, at first dimly then starkly, but always brilliantly.”

Michael Ondaatje in SLC≤br>When • Saturday, May 26, at 7 p.m.≤br>Where • The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of “Warlight” from The King’s English. Pre-order your signed copy by calling 801-484-9100 or online at