Chris Adrian's popular second novel, The Children's Hospital, explored his favorite themes: a bold retelling of an old story (Noah's ark), the successes and heartbreak of medicine (Adrian is a practicing doctor of pediatric hematology and oncology), and outrage at the indignity of living in a world where people have to die. His new novel, The Great Night, covers similar topics in a completely different way; this time, Adrian evokes A Midsummer Night's Dream in a perfect summer read—bighearted, adventurous, and magical. Tonight, he'll be interviewed onstage by, um, me. (Rendezvous Grotto, 2322 Second Ave, 634-3400, 7 pm, free, 21+)

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