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There's a lot going on tonight, including a reading by a formerly homeless man, Christopher Moore's second and final reading in the Seattle area for Bite Me, a young adult novel about a candy war, a memoir told in recipes, a discussion about foster care, a reading for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism, and three more events I'm going to tell you about right now.

Ordinarily, either of these readings would be the reading of the night: Yuko Enomoto will lead a workshop about literary translation as part of Pilot Books' Small Press Fest. Translation is a fascinating subject, and Pilot Books, I have learned over the last month, is a fabulous place for workshops. And Jonathan Evison, who killed at the Hugo House a couple of weeks ago, reads from his debut novel, All About Lulu. Lulu came out like two years ago and Evison is working after the novel after the novel after Lulu now. Maybe he'll read from all three books. But Evison lives here, and you'll get to see him read again sometime soon.

The best reading of the week is Sam Lipsyte at Neptune Coffee tonight. I wrote the books lead about Lipsyte's new book The Ask:

Home Land (and Venus Drive, Lipsyte's collection of stories, and his first novel, The Subject Steve, a book about a man literally dying of boredom) won the hearts and minds of thousands of readers with humor and gorgeous sentences—for what it's worth, Home Land won the first-ever Believer Book Award from the brainy literary magazine in 2005. His new novel, The Ask, is not so much a continuation of Lipsyte's twin themes of humor and self-loathing as a deepening, a maturation of both writerly skill and authorial stakes; Lipsyte isn't fucking around anymore.

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You really should go to this one. Lipsyte is one of the best in the business right now.

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.