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We have a metaphysical healer, a "life-affirming book" about the author's mother's death, and a book about four dieting friends tonight.

Also: At Parkplace Books, Lyanda Lynn Haupt reads from Crow Planet, a book about all the crows you see everywhere in this city, and how they have a secret plan to steal your children and eat your eyeballs. (That last part is not Haupt's theory at all; it is solely conjecture based on my interactions with crows.)

Melissa Febos reads at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight. In this week's Control Tower, Mistress Matisse reviews Febos's memoir about her career as a dominatrix, Whip Smart:

The prose flows smoothly enough, but Febos's freak-show vignettes never quite deliver the punch. She assumes we share her contempt for the people who populate the story, so she sketches in a few ew-gross details and then skitters away. She speaks of her clients "ceasing, in a fundamental way, to be so human to me." Febos sees herself as floating above the experiences, and so depictions of scenes between a scornful girl and customers she regards as objects emerge as banal cliché.

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But the reading of the day is at Pilot Books. Zachary Schomburg reads from his popular book of poems, Scary, No Scary. Schomburg has written tons of poems and has also produced a DVD of film-poems.

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.