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There's a ton going on, but I'm going to focus on three interesting readings tonight.

At Elliott Bay Book Company, Stranger author Kurt B. Reighley reads from his new book, United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, & Handmade Bitters: A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement. Barring Bumbershoot, I believe this is Mr. Reighley's debut for the book in the Seattle area. You should go show him some love.

Fremont Place Books is hosting a book reading tonight. Tina Schumann and Deborah Woodard are local poets. Their books are titled As If and The Dragonfly.

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And the big popular event tonight is at Town Hall. Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a ridiculously popular novel, the kind you see everywhere: in used bookstores, at Goodwill, on friends' bookshelves. There's even a TV miniseries about it. Fall of Giants is Follett's new one, and it's just as huge as Pillars, only it's the first part of a trilogy. If you like your popular fiction to be grandiose and epic, this is the event for you.

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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