Pilot Books is hosting a free staged reading of Washington Irving's classic American short story "The Devil and Tom Walker" tonight. I'm unsure how they're going to stage anything in Pilot Books, which is a lovely bookstore but is the size of a shoebox.
At Town Hall, folks are putting on an interesting event titled Soliloquy: Timeless Language in the Present Tense. Famous directors will direct famous readers as they read famous speeches. Participants include Gus Van Sant, Karl Krogstad, Donald Byrd, Rob Devor, DJ Riz, Lesley Hazleton, and Charles Mudede. They will be performing pieces written by William S. Burroughs, Brian Wilson, Raymond Carver and Barack Obama. (Downstairs at Town Hall, Jill Lepore will be reading from The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History, which is about how Teabaggers are full of shit. Score!)
Elizabeth J. Colen and Shane McCrae read at Open Books. Money for Sunsets is a full-length collection from Colen, a Bellingham poet. Mule is by McCrae, who is from Iowa.
And Mike Birbiglia is at the Moore Theatre. Sleepwalk With Me is a book by a very funny stand-up comedian and NPR contributor.
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.