Union Atlantic, Adam Haslett's new novel, is about high-stakes banking and the Federal Reserve. If you read Haslett's fabulous feature in The Stranger last week, you know that he can make stories about money matters, which the polite would call "challenging" (and the impolite would call "boring as fuck"), into plainspoken, compelling reading. And Atlantic is packed with the stuff—hot gay sex, drugs, suicide by self-immolation—that keeps you turning pages. Tonight, Haslett will hold a conversation with Stranger editor Christopher Frizzelle on the top floor of the swanky Sorrento Hotel. With booze! (Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St, 624-6600. 7 pm, free.)

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