Kai Bird reads at Third Place Books tonight. Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 is a memoir by Bird, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Brady Udall reads from his new novel, The Lonely Polygamist, at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight. Udall is the author of the fantastic novel The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. Polygamist is reportedly a very good book, and I'm looking forward to reading it; I'll probably read it next week.

But I want you to come to the Sunset Tavern tonight, where I'll be interviewing Cory Doctorow onstage. I hope you'll read my essay about why Doctorow matters, too:

Here's the thing: Even if you don't realize it while you're reading it, all good science fiction is political. And that means that one of the only great science-fiction writers in the world today—one of the only writers who bothers to ask, "What do we do now?"—is Cory Doctorow. He's one of the few modern science-fiction authors who's completely unafraid to offend his audience by taking tough, uncompromising stands on political issues. His three most recent novels—released over the last two years, in chronological order: Little Brother, Makers, and For the Win—read like a slow-motion video of an explosion, each one reaching out dramatically further in scope, impulsive energy, and authorial intent.

There'll be music by Pillow Army, a local band I really like, before and after the interview. And it's just $5. It starts at 7pm. I hope to see you there.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.