For "personal reasons," according to Powell's. This leaves us with only one visiting author of note for the entire month of December: The estimable Calvin Trillin will be reading from his new collection of political campaign poetry, Dogfight, in December.

I hope Smith reschedules. I'm about a third of the way through her new book NW and quite liking it, though perhaps not quite as much as I enjoyed her last novel,On Beauty, a contemporary retelling of Howard's End. (I'm a sucker for Forster.)

Oh, also on the calendar (how could I forget!): Seth Casteel's Dogs Underwater, which you may remember from The Internet earlier this year:


There's also a worthwhile local reading in the form of a release party for the new Writers In Schools anthology, collecting the work of area high schoolers.