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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on April 10 at 10:23 AM


Aside from the Slog Happy Hour in the downstairs VIP Room at Moe Bar, there are a ton of things to do tonight.

First, and probably best, Sloane Crosley, who read last night at Third Place Books, is reading from her debut essay collection, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, at Elliott Bay Book Company. This is your last chance to see her on this publicity tour go-round. She’s one of the funniest essayists working today (What sold me on the book was the blurb on the back from Colson Whitehead, who makes me swoon). She manages to write about some pretty thoroughly trod ground (weddings, having a funny name, moving to a new apartment) in some really hilarious ways.

Before Sloane Crosley’s reading at Elliott Bay is Gary Moore, with Playing With the Enemy. This is about someone who could’ve been the greatest catcher of all time, but he fights in World War II and gets captured by the Germans and so he teaches the Nazis to play baseball. This could also be a hilarious reading, but in more of an unintentional sort of way.

Up at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, which our calendar lists as being “Out of Town,” Maureen Elegna is reading from Seattle Architecture, which is a book of architecture tours of Seattle, which is decidedly not out of town.

At the University Bookstore, Peter Hamilton will be reading from his new sci-fi novel The Dreaming Void, which is about a black hole, and whether or not it contains a miniature universe. Hopefully, there will be at least one reference to Sartre.

Up at Open Books, Rick Barot reads from his second collection of poems, Want, and at Town Hall, John Medina reads from Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, which is about brain-friendly ways to raise your children, which inspires me to remind you that Sloane Crosley is reading at 8 pm, and that would probably be a much better way to spend your time.

Check out the full readings calendar for more information about all of these readings and also literature events for the next week or so.

Also, if you haven’t already, you should check out the pimped-up books page, which has a ton more reviews and a mini-blog revue of the last week’s books-themed Slog posts.

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The cake is a lie

Posted by vooodooo84 | April 10, 2008 10:56 AM

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