Books Reading Tonight
posted by April 11 at 10:06 AMon
An open mic night and three readings for your entertainment if, like seemingly half the city, you’re too hungover to hit the clubs tonight.
Author Ridley Pearson is at the University Bookstore. He’s here with one of those young adult books written by an adult author. Besides the Chabon and the Alexie young adult novels, which are very good, most of these books scream “easy paycheck” to me. The facts that A) Person’s book is titled Steel Trap: The Challenge, obviously making it the first in a series; B) the book is published by Disney Press; and C) the main character is a named Steven “Steel” Trapp all point to this being a ginormous stinker.
Karen Joy Fowler is at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight. She’s the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, which I haven’t read, but which people have said is actually a pretty nice homage to Jane Austen. She’s in town with Wit’s End, which seems to be a novel about a bestselling mystery author’s relationship to the internet, specifically blogs, Wikipedia, and fanfic. I think this looks interesting, kind of, but then, I’m a book guy and this sort of thing is practically designed to interest me. Your level of interest may vary.
And at Town Hall, Darius Rejali, who is “one of the world’s leading experts on torture” according to press materials, reading from his new book Torture and Democracy. This is an important reading, and I highly recommend it because it should be thought-provoking. But, for just a moment, can we talk about the cover, which is up and to the left over there? It looks kind of like the cover you’d put on an anthology of erotic S&M stories, with its smooth back and weird sepia tones. And the font, too, seems oddly celebratory, or at least a lot…lighter…than the subject matter deserves. Or are they trying to attract general readers by toning down the content? Or is it just a poorly designed cover? If you go tonight, don’t ask Rejali; authors almost never have control over the covers of their books.
Full readings calendar, including the next week or so, can be found by clicking on the words at the end of this sentence.
Also, if you haven’t already, you should check out the pimpalicious books page, which has a ton more reviews and a mini-blog revue of the last week’s books-themed Slog posts.