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Seth Tobocman reads from Understanding the Crash, a comic book about the creation of the current economic crisis, at Third Place Books tonight. He read last night at Elliott Bay Book Company and, as I said yesterday, I liked his book a lot.

Popular authors Candace Robb and Scott Sigler read at Seattle Mystery Book Shop and University Village Barnes and Noble, respectively, and Nnedi Okorafor reads at University Book Store. Charles Mudede has this to say about her: "Okorafor blends and bends science fiction, fantasy, and Nigerian culture into something strange and unusual. Her first book, Zahrah the Windseeker, won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature."

And last is a reading I wish I had prepared for: Aimee Bender reads at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight at 8pm. Her new novel is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I love Aimee Bender, and you should, too. She writes weird fairy-tale-like short stories, and her first novel, An Invisible Sign of My Own, was unlike anything I've ever read: It felt slight, like a short story, but the rhythms and energies paid off in a fascinating way. I've been waiting for years for Bender to produce a new novel, and now that she has, I didn't get a copy in time to review it before this reading. I am bummed about this, but this is still the reading of the night.

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.