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We have a memoir about growing up Buddhist and fat, a discussion about green jobs at Town Hall, a book about Alzheimer's at Third Place, and a couple of readings I'll tell you about right now.

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University Book Store is hosting two genre readings tonight. The Ark is a thriller by Boyd Morrison, a local man who worked for NASA and won a bunch of times at Jeopardy! And then Robin Hobb reads. Hobb writes fantasies that are about urbane people named Cedric, as near as I can tell from the dust jacket of her most recent book, Dragon Haven (Volume Two of the Rain Wilds Chronicles).

Thomas Chatterton Williams reads at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight. Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture presumes that hip-hop culture is something to "beat." This is what we call a false premise. Hip-hop is form and not content, and to claim that it's something you need to overcome is bad thinking.

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The UW hosts Martín Espada, a popular Latino poet, tonight. I'm going to call this the reading of the night, but if you're really into fantasy novels, you know where you're heading tonight anyway.

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.

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