“I am often told by people who meet me after reading my books that they are afraid of me,” Diane Williams told The Believer. “Of course, I understand this because I am afraid to meet nearly everybody!” In other words, dear bookworm, you won’t be the only one in pain at tonight’s reading as you shyly approach Williams, who is also the editor of the journal NOON, for an autograph on her latest short-story collection, Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty. McSweeney’s, the publisher of her latest book, presents an evening with the woman Jonathan Franzen called “one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde.” Joining Williams are authors Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet) and Deb Olin Unferth (Revolution).

Mon., March 12, 7 p.m., 2012

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