Books Reading Tonight
posted by March 28 at 10:36 AMon
Three readings going on around town tonight, including a whopping conflict of interest.
First, downstairs at Town Hall, there’s Eric Alterman, with his book Why We’re Liberals. In general, I find Alterman to be insufferably pandering, but Christ on a pogo stick, look at this book cover! Erica Barnett pointed it out to me last week: Alterman standing in the middle of a swarm of people including Martin Luther King Jr, JFK and RFK, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ (sans pogo stick,) and a surprisingly vertical and strong-looking FDR (I guess there’s no Polio in Liberal Heaven.) I’m totally judging this book by its cover, I know, but did anyone at the publisher suggest that maybe this was a bad idea?
Up at Open Books, Sebastian Matthews is reading from his new and lovely book of poems, titled We Generous. One poem from the book begins with the line: “Bears have been following me around again.” If you’re strapped for cash, this one is free and looks like a good time.
Finally comes the complete and utter conflict of interest: At the larger upstairs room in Town Hall, the Hugo House is presenting “Answered Prayers and Other Tragedies,” in which three authors read new work. The authors are Stranger employee and Last Days columnist David Schmader, who is even funnier in real life than he is on paper, which is really saying something; current Stranger Sonics Death Watch columnist Sherman Alexie, who is one of the best readers of his own work that I’ve ever seen; and Stranger contributor Michelle Tea, who is a good and adventurous writer and also a very good performer. All three will be performing original work based around the theme, which is “Answered Prayers and Other Tragedies.” There will also be original music by Stranger writer Sean Nelson, but I’ll leave that conflict of interest to the music folks over at Line Out.
Full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.