Chances are good that in the past few years someone might have pressed a well-worn book by Emily St. John Mandel into your hand and said something like: “My friend loved this. I loved this. You’ll love this.” And you did. Brooklyn-based Mandel, author of Last Night in Montreal and The Singer’s Gun, is a terrific storyteller whose energetic prose easily transports the reader to another time and place. Her latest book is The Lola Quartet, a literary thriller that follows a failed journalist in New York whose mistakes lead him back to his hometown. For tonight’s reading at WORD, she has enlisted guitarist Tzvi Skolnik to provide the mood music.

Thu., May 24, 7 p.m., 2012