Mostly recognized as the Sierra Mist guy and the host of VH1’s I Love the . . . series, screenwriter/actor/comedian Michael Ian Black is now aiming to take the literary world by storm with his modestly titled new book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face, which (incredibly) features a foreword by Abe Lincoln himself! This afternoon at Bryant Park’s Reading Room, Black will read from such stirring essays as “Why I Used a Day-Glo Magic Marker to Color My Dick Yellow” and “How to Approach the Sensitive Question—Anal?” Tell Black, who recently launched the “Transform David Sedaris Into a Supervillain Contest” on his blog, why you think he’s better than the bestselling humorist, and he’ll be sure to sign your book with extra love.

Wed., July 16, 12:30 p.m., 2008