The fall edition of the Santa Monica College Literary Series, featuring distinguished authors discussing an eclectic range of subjects from the origins of the universe to writers in Los Angeles, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Prolific writer and California Institute of Technology physicist Sean Carroll will kick off the series Sept. 20 with his talk, “The Origins of the Universe and the Arrow of Time.” The series will continue with an event each month through Dec. 6.

All lectures are free and are scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities and Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Carroll, who teaches theoretical physics and astrophysics at Cal Tech, is the author of “From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time,” as well as numerous articles for Discover magazine, Scientific American and New Scientist.

Currently in its ninth year, the SMC Literary Series has brought to campus such acclaimed authors as Khaled Hosseini, author of the best-selling novel “The Kite Runner;” Audrey Niffenegger, author of the best-selling “Time Traveler’s Wife,” and Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

The series is sponsored by the SMC Associates, a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus, and the SMC English Department.

Seating for the discussions is on a first-arrival basis.

Information, (310) 434-4303.