Maybe T. C. Boyle is making a mistake by publishing quality work too often. If he waited a decade between books, we would stop taking him for granted. Instead, he puts out a good book a year, and as a reward, he's not greeted with parades or widely lauded as a genius. His novels thoughtfully address controversial subjects—his newest, When the Killing's Done, explores the ethics of environmental activism—and his thick book of short stories, titled simply Stories, is the one collection everybody in America should own. Come watch a master at work. (Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 386-4636, 7 pm, free)

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