Any schmuck can tell a joke, but to be funny in print, you’ve got to know what you’re doing. Sam Lipsyte’s novels Home Land and The Ask are among the funniest American novels published in the last 10 years, and they’re also among the best-written. His new book, The Fun Parts, is a collection of stories about youth, the Holocaust, and Dungeons and Dragons. Lipsyte will read from Parts, and then local author Ryan Boudinot will host a Q&A after the reading, making this a banner evening for fans of awkward, funny fiction. (Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, hugohouse.org, 7:30 pm, $5)