If you’ve yet to read Sam Lipsyte‘s The Ask, we have just one question: What’s the hold-up? One of the funniest books of 2010, the story concerns Milo Burke, a struggling father and husband who is given one last shot at keeping his job as a development officer at a university if he can woo a mysterious potential donor. The only catch is: The donor has a difficult favor to ask him as well. As our Rob Harvilla said in his review: “If you’re the sort of person who underlines amusing or thought-provoking lines in books, you best gird yourself, as Lipsyte is an inexhaustible fount of eloquent prurience, deftly mingling high- and low-mindedness.” Tonight, join Lipsyte and the book’s editor, Lorin Stein (also the editor of The Paris Review), at the launch party for the paperback edition of The Ask and the re-release of Lipsyte’s The Subject Steve. Drinks will be served.

Tue., March 1, 7 p.m., 2011