Who is Nell Zink? It’s a question that’s been on many literary-oriented minds, and one that we’re determined to get to the bottom of. This release party will surely enlighten. The expat, bunkering down just south of Berlin, drops her debut novel, The Wallcreepers, tonight. She’s already received glowing praise for this story (about two American bird-watchers who become accidental eco-terrorists) from a number of notable intellects like Keith Gessen — “there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written” — and Jonathan Franzen — “[her work] raised the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.” The latter introduces tonight’s reading and interviews the enigmatic Zink, followed by a wine reception.

Wed., Oct. 15, 7 p.m., 2014