Books Reading Tonight
posted by April 9 at 10:19 AMon
Poetry Slam and three other events going on today, including a discussion about religion and politics, which is sure to end well.
First, at Elliott Bay Book Company, Jeff Gordiner is reading from his book X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft and Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking. I just got an e-mail from Stranger critic Travis Nichols assuring me that, even though this is a book about Generation X, it is “interesting and witty.” Travis has done some great work for us, and I hope that he’ll do more work for the books section in the very near future, so I will refrain from the public drubbing I was going to give this book based on its subject matter and its use of ‘Generation X.’
David Domke and Mark Smith are giving the aforementioned lecture at the UW about the intersection of religion and politics. My dream would be to have all the religious people on one side of the aisle and all the religious people on the other and have the whole thing turn into a brawl, but this will probably be an intelligent discussion about issues, which is almost as good.
And up at Third Place Books, Sloane Crosley is reading from her book I Was Told There’d Be Cake. This is my pick for the reading of the evening, because I just recently read Cake, and it was the funniest book of essays I’ve read in a very long time—perhaps I can even utter the name Sedaris in comparison and actually mean it. Crosley will be reading at Elliott Bay within the next week, too, so there’s no reason to miss her. She’s one of the few writers today who can actually write both funny and beautiful sentences, at the same time.
Any further questions about upcoming readings can be directed toward the complete readings calendar.
Also, if you haven’t already, you should check out the nifty, brand-new books page, which has a ton more reviews and a mini-blog revue of the last week’s books-themed Slog posts, over here.