I am presently enchanted with/amazed by Junot Diaz's novel The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao. He is speaking at SJSU on Saturday night, so any local readers should add that event to their literary calendars.
Start Date/Time: 09/20/2008 07:00 PM
End Date/Time: 09/20/2008 09:00 PM
Location: University Theater
Cost: Free, which translates to priceless.
In other reading news, I recently picked up a illustrated 1945 edition of Steinbeck's The Red Pony. This is a perfect example of how "children's literature" has changed dramatically in the 20th century. Not at all a children's story, not by 21st century standards, not for its unflinching Steinbeckian honesty about a world where beloved horses die, one per chapter.