Just when you think you'll never read another novel about a man going through a midlife crisis, local author Jess Walter goes and makes you his bitch. His new book, The Financial Lives of the Poets, is about a middle-aged man who's about to lose his house and his cushy middle-class life after his website that gives financial advice in the form of poetry goes belly-up. He winds up making deals with pot dealers who used to be lawyers in a narrative that's as compulsively readable as a Grisham thriller and as beautifully written as anything you'll read this year. (Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333. 7 pm, free.)

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