One of Seattle’s best writers launches his second novel in style: Blueprints of the Afterlife is an ambitious book in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut and David Foster Wallace, set in a future in which America has been decimated by a killer glacier, everyone has mental telepathy, and someone has built a replica of Manhattan in the middle of Puget Sound. Boudinot’s short stories are dense, acerbic little gems, but Blueprint is the first glimpse we get at the loopy, sci-fi-nerd-fueled landscape he’s had inside his brain all this time. (Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave,, 7 pm, free)

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