It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means the silent-reading party is tonight!!
The short version: You bring whatever you feel like reading and sit there and read silently, to yourself, while Paul Matthew Moore plays piano and waiters bring you things. Paul plays from 6 to 8 pm, although the reading-party menu lasts until 9 pm.
The silent-reading party started in Seattle, and it has since expanded to other cities, including Brooklyn (The New Yorker called it "a literary social gathering for people who don’t like readings") and San Francisco (Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, told the San Francisco Chronicle, "A sustained silence in a room full of people is a magical thing, and provides a sort of cozy companionship that is sometimes missing when one is reading alone with a drink in one’s hand").
Poets & Writers just published a piece about the reading party as "a new literary trend gain[ing] traction around the country."
(They must have forgotten about Scotland.)
Anyway, we started it, and we do it best. Here's where the reading party happens. It's all ages, and it's free.