Adas Technical Books will be powered by electric literature tonight.
  • Kelly O
  • Ada's Technical Books will be powered by electric literature tonight.

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference is now in its second day. Have you slept with a writer yet? Have you hugged a bookstore today? If you haven't even taken part in an AWP event yet, you have dozens—dozens!—of literary events to choose from tonight. I'm dividing the picks out by hour.

4 PM:

The great Sherwin Bitsui reads at Hugo House as part of the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA event at Hugo House. (Also, the CutBank magazine release party at Vermillion is at 4 pm and not 6 pm as we originally said. Apologies to CutBank for getting that wrong.)

5 PM:

You'll find $2 tacos at Moe Bar tonight, which is hosting a reading with Brooklyn Arts Press, Green Lantern Press, and MAKE.

6 PM:

Copper Canyon and Cave Canem (which, I learned last night, is pronounced CAHV-ay CAHN-em because it's Latin for "beware the dog") team up to bring a buttload of great poets to the Sorrento Hotel, which is a great backdrop for a reading.

If you're interested in poetic forms, there's a sestina-themed reading at LUCID and a narrative poetry reading at Kell's.

7 PM

Three excellent local poets take part in three different readings. Paul Nelson is at Spring Street Center, Ed Skoog is up at Fremont Abbey, and Doug Nufer is at Barça.

If, like me, you think e-books should be more than just boring copies of print books, Ada's Technical Books is hosting a discussion of e-literature.

N+1 is hosting a reading to celebrate the launch of the tantalizingly titled anthology MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction at Vito's.

8 PM:

If you can decide between APRIL's reading at the Raygun Lounge; local short fiction magazine SmokeLong's reading-and-theater extravaganza in Fremont; a music-and-books party at Barboza; a collusion between Tin House, Wave Books, and Tumblr at Chop Suey; and this insane lineup of poetry talent at Re-Bar, then you're a better person than I.

9 PM:

The two big main events of the evening are both in non-traditional readings venues. Rock Bottom Restaurant downtown is showcasing a lineup of talent including Dorothea Lasky, Heather Christle, and Kendal Frey. And literary magazine The Rumpus is hosting an event at Spitfire tonight that features Roxane Gay, Monica Drake, Stephen Elliott, and musical guest John Wesley Harding. Both of these events will presumably be packed full of people, and both of them will be worth your time.

For all the dozens of tonight's events I didn't mention, and to plan ahead for tomorrow night's events, visit The Stranger's readings calendar.