Tonight's visiting dignitaries at the reading party: the musician John Roderick (pointing—how rude!), nightlife entrepreneur Linda Derschang (texting—double rude!), and performer Sarah Rudinoff (upside down). In a couple hours they'll be sitting in chairs reading silently. Nothing else happens. Just people sitting there quietly reading and drinking with a bunch of other people reading and drinking. And usually there's a drink special. Last year it was a $4 perfect Manhattan.
The room can fill up fast, so get there on time to get a good chair: Fireside Room at the Sorrento, 900 Madison Street, 6 pm to 9 pm, free.