Northern Irish author and poet Nick Laird's 2005 debut novel Utterly Monkey was a terrific send-up of life at a law firm—a subject Laird was quite familiar with himself; he worked as a lawyer for six years before wisely switching to writing full-time. His new London-set novel, Glover's Mistake, concerns a cynical journalist turned blogger named David Pinner, and his much cooler bartender flatmate, James Glover, who starts an affair with the beautiful American artist Pinner is in love with. Tonight, Laird will be reading, discussing, and signing copies of his book. If you see someone in the crowd who looks like a pregnant Zadie Smith, that's his wife.
Thu., July 23, 7 p.m., 2009