The Ballad of Desiree is a novel about a woman named Desiree who encounters a man named Ruby and a songwriter named Big Paul Skinny. Free.
Benincasa, a novelist who is also a stand-up comic, will perform comedy with local comic Derek Sheen, and she will also read from her new YA novel Great, which is a modern, LGBTQ-friendly retelling of The Great Gatsby. Free.
The Long Way Home is the tenth mystery novel starring Armand Gamache, the "happily retired former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec."
Hamill is a famous poet, so far as the words "famous" and "poet" can be used together. His newest collection is titled Habitation. Free.
In a relatively short amount of time, Scalzi has become a giant name in science fiction. His newest, eagerly anticipated novel is titled Lock In. It's set in a future where people stuck in comatose bodies interact by mentally taking command of androids. Free with book purchase.
The title of Pitre's novel Fives and Twenty-Fives has to do with the military procedure that unfolds when you suspect you're approaching a roadside bomb. Free.
Jim Woodring is a Stranger Genius of Literature. His newest book, Jim: Jim Woodring's Notorious Autojournal, is a gorgeous collection of his earliest published comics work. It's weirdly autobiographical—the main character is named Jim and he resembles Woodring—but also fantastical and horrifying all at once, the way dreams can be unsettling on a profound level. Free.
Roberts is the author of a book that claims we lack impulse control and that we're losing a sense of community as a species. Which strikes me as a couple of boring generalizations, but what do I know? I wrote this while simultaneously tweeting, tindering, and Google Plussing, and I haven't spoken to a real human being in 25 days. $5.
On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a unique opportunity to shut the hell up and get some reading done. There is live music (sometimes the harp). Everyone brings whatever they feel like reading and reads to themselves while the fire flickers in the fireplace and waiters bring you things. Free.
An evening designed to give writers a chance to share what they have been working on in front of fellow writers. Sign-up at 6:30. Free.
Open mic that is reportedly "very loose." Free.
Competitive poetry and open mic with featured readers. $5.
The resurrected Greenwood bookshop hosts an anything-goes open mic night. Free.
Music, prose, and poetry open mic. Free.