THURSDAY 3/30

The Night Watch
Sarah Water's new book, which is getting loads of critical praise and is being short listed for literary awards left and right, is set in seedy 1940s London and features all sorts of noirish characters, a taut plot, and plenty of historical crosshatching. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651

TUESDAY 4/4

Philip Levine
Dignity, humor, and compassion are the recurring themes in Levine's generation-spanning body of work, which you, dear reader, have the chance to hear tonight. Don't blow this opportunity. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $5-18

WEDNESDAY 4/5

La Mano 21
Zak Sally, bassist for the awesome Minneapolis band Low, has his own underground comic imprint, La Mano, and tonight he'll be in town with Sara Lund of Unwound, hawking and promoting his Twin City schwag. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm