We have a memoir about grief, an exploration of the family as a healing tool, and two other events tonight.

Matthew Nienow and Todd Boss read at Open Books tonight. Nienow has written two chapbooks and won a metric shit-ton of awards. Boss is the author of a poetry collection titled Yellowrocket.

But if I had to choose, I'd say the reading of the night is at Elliott Bay Book Company. Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch will read from Ten Walks/Two Talks, a book about taking long, aimless walks alone and with another person. It's a fun, light, enjoyable read, and I wrote about it in this week's books section. Here's the first paragraph:

Almost all authors of fiction or poetry are flaneurs; they do much of their writing in their heads, while wandering around. Charles Dickens explored the poor parts of London on his walks, and his discoveries frequently made their way into his fiction. Stephen King generally takes two walks a day through unpeopled roads in Maine. (Yes, still.) Jonathan Lethem has combined the impulse to walk with his desire to write: He has set up an elaborate system involving a keyboard with a very long USB cord reaching across his office and enormous fonts that are readable across the room so he can write while walking on a treadmill.

I swear I get to the book eventually. You should go to this reading. It should be fun.

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.