Five best-selling authors with plenty to say are headed to Brisbane this May as part of the first Writers + Ideas International Series.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Susan Faludi (USA), LGBT advocate and award-winning author Ivan Coyote (Canada), best-selling crime writer and OBE recipient Ian Rankin (Scotland), food critic and broadcaster Jay Rayner (UK) and leading neurosurgeon and New York Times best-seller Henry Marsh (UK) will descend on the Brisbane Powerhouse in May.

Writers + Ideas producer Jane O’Hara says she has programmed some of the world’s most interesting writers and thinkers for this new series.

“We have been working with Adelaide Writers Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival to bring these internationally renowned authors to Australia, some visiting for the very first time,” she says.

“Kicking off the series on Sunday 21 May will be an audio-visual romp to the edible promised land with Jay Rayner. This award-winning restaurant critic and UK Masterchef judge will mesmerise audiences with his hilarious one-man show based on his book, The Ten (Food) Commandments.”

The series will continue on Tuesday 23 May with Susan Faludi, Ian Rankin and Ivan Coyote, before concluding on Sunday 28 May with Henry Marsh.

“Susan Faludi will share her fascinating and sometimes painful stories from her memoir, In The Darkroom, which details how she came to discover her 76-year-old father had undergone sex reassignment surgery as well as her family’s history of living in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

“Storyteller, writer, filmmaker and poet Ivan Coyote will share complex and intensely personal stories of gender identity as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur.

“Ian Rankin, best known as the creator of one of crime fiction’s greatest characters, the much-loved Rebus, will discuss his latest novel, Rather Be The Devil, and his 30-year partnership with his protagonist.

“And finally in the series is Henry Marsh, who will share his unforgettable insights into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity.”

The Brisbane Powerhouse Writers + Ideas International Series will run from 21-28 May. Tickets are on sale now at brisbanepowerhouse.org.