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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Reading Today

posted by on June 22 at 10:00 AM


An open mic and three other readings going on today, which is fairly heavy for a Sunday in Seattle.

At Elliott Bay Book Company, Chris Carlsson reads from Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists and Vacant Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today. Carlsson is the founder of the Critical Mass bike happening. Now’s your chance, angry car drivers! Go protect him, earnest bike riders! Awesome fight in the basement of Elliott Bay, everyone else!

At Queen Anne Books, Mary Pols reads from Accidentally on Purpose, which is about how she had a baby from a one-night stand. I can’t hear about these sorts of books without imagining the kid reading it one day. I have yet to read a book or article about this happening, but I think it’ll be a huge trend in, say, 2021. Get ready.

And then, after all the programmers, bicyclists, and gardeners have been cleared out of Elliott Bay, Joseph O’Neill will read from his critically acclaimed new novel, Netherland. This is obviously the reading of the day.

Full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is at your service.

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While I'm sure neither novel is based on reality, Jennifer Weiner's new sequel to Good in Bed is sort of similar to what you're thinking of.

-GIB depicts Cannie giving birth to Joy.
-Between GIB and its sequel, Cannie writes a book loosely based on her own life, including the birth of Joy. The book she writes is fairly similar to GIB itself.
-In the sequel (the name of which I can't remember), Joy reads the book Cannie wrote and is traumatized because she thinks it's how things really happened (but the reader knows it's fictionalized because the reader read GIB).

Sorry, I know that was way too much effort explaining the vaguely-relevant plot of a mediocre novel in a comment to a day-old post.

Posted by Sarah | June 23, 2008 12:18 PM

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