Tonight at 7, I'll be at University Book Store, asking Jonathan Evison some questions onstage about his new, Northwest-y novel West of Here. (My review is here.) It's a huge, Michnerian, time-jumping book about the founding of a fictional Northwest town called Port Bonita, centering around the construction of a dam on the Elwha River and the effects of that dam on generations of Port Bonitans.

The conversation tonight will probably explore the process of researching the book, the idea of what it means to represent the Northwest in fiction like this, and whether his process really involves sitting around in a trailer in his underpants smoking pot. He's a forthcoming guy, and this should be an interesting talk. I hope you'll join us.

If you want to see Evison but you can't stand me—hi, mom!—he will also be reading at Third Place Books tomorrow night. If you're looking for a non-fiction reading to enjoy tonight, Ravenna Third Place is hosting Stephen and Thomas Amidon. The brothers have co-written a book titled Sublime Engine, which is a history of humanity's obsession with the human heart. Everything else going on tonight, and for the next week or so, is in our exhaustive reading calendar.