This week features many of the things that readers of this column have probably figured out by now that I love: pie, multicultural author readings, Scandinavian musicians, ornithology and depressing foreign films. Here’s hoping you all love at least some of these things too.
Town Hall, Thurs. 10/17 at 7:30 p.m., $5
Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat will be here to read from her newest novel Claire of the Sea Light, which tells the story of what happens after a little girl goes missing from her Haitian seaside town. Danticat, whether it be in her best-selling family memoir Brother, I’m Dying, or her young adult novel Beyond the Mountains, is known for her bewitching prose and ability to paint her complex homeland in all its grief and magic. I came to Danticat by way of Junot Diaz, whose reverence of her is totally infectious.
Commonplace Book Of Pie
Richard Hugo House, Thurs. 10/17, Pie at 6 p.m., Reading at 7 p.m.
Kate Lebo’s lovable chapbook on pie (replete with recipes, poems, plays-on-words and mostly her passion for this unparalleled food) first premiered a few years ago. Now, she returns with her new (more than just chapbook!) Book of Pie. Also, hear fiction writer Sam Ligon and poet Elissa Ball on pie — and enjoy some fancy whiskey and FREE PIE.
Vermillion, Thurs. 10/17 at 7:30 p.m., FREE
Literary journal T/OUR, which publishes the work of queer and queer-allied artists, will have its October reading party, per usual, at Vermillion. Featured will be readings by four local writers and music by Golden Space. Sample Vermilion's cheap drinks and take in its art exhibits while you’re there.