American poet, novelist, short-story writer, and once-suspected Hipster Runoff culprit, Tao Lin returns to where the masses appreciate his cosmic love for Gmail chats the most: Bedford Avenue. Lin, whose published works include you are a little bit happier than i am and Eeeee Eee Eeee, will be at Spoonbill & Sugartown doing what he knows best: dolphin sounds and unabashed self-promotion for his latest novella Shoplifting From American Apparel. In an interview with New York magazine, Lin said his days as a thief should be construed more as a Robin Hood type of thing: “If I shoplifted from corporations and sold it on eBay and then spent all my money on the best venues possible, like independent organic vegan grocery stores or restaurants, then that would be, like, improving the world.” Spoonbill & Sugartown has created a limited number of “Shoplifting” tote bags from American Apparel signed by Lin and on sale for $12.

Thu., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., 2009