Ed Lin's excellent first novel, Waylaid, was a coming-of-age story set in a motel, the perfect setting for a young Asian-American protagonist obsessed with alienation and random acts of sex. His second novel, This Is a Bust, is a noir set in New York City's Chinatown in 1976. Expect funny, angry riffs on tokenism and hard-boiled detective fiction. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7 pm, free.)

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