Only one reading this afternoon, at Elliott Bay Book Company. It's time for the Jack Straw Anthology Group Reading. Tara Roth, William Carty, Esther Helfgott, and Brian Barr will read their entries from this year's Jack Straw Writers Anthology. You can read more about all these authors at Jack Straw's website.

And now, here is a random book review by a guy who really, really hated a book:

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 something to read, you can get personalized book recommendations from myself and a team of 5 expert booksellers from Third Place Books over at Questionland. Tell us what books you've loved, what subject you'd like to learn about, or what kind of person you're looking to give a book to and we'll have a few great recommendations for you in no time flat. Ask away!