Third Place Books hosts two historical novels today. One is a novel about the author's family history, and the other is a novel taking place during the Civil War. Third Place Ravenna has a different theme. Nicole Peeler and Mark Henry will read tonight from Tempest Rising and Battle of the Network Zombies respectively. The former is a fantasy novel set in a small town in Maine. The latter is a book about a Seattle zombie who joins a competition to save her dying ad agency.
And Rick Moody reads at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight. People are split on Moody. Just the other day, I was talking to someone who called him "the worst writer of his generation." I wouldn't go quite that far—The Ice Storm and certain stories in Demonology are good—but it's been a long time since he's done something of note. His new book, The Four Fingers of Death, is a sci-fi novel about a demonic severed hand. It's receiving good reviews.
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.