A worthy night of readings before the madness and mayhem of this weekend’s Printers Row Lit Fest, this event features author Jean Thompson, whose thrilling work with 2007 collection “Throw Like a Girl” and novel “City Boy” makes the upcoming release of “Do Not Deny Me” all the more exciting. (Her 1999 book of short stories, “Who Do You Love,” was a National Book Award finalist.) It’s difficult not to compare Thompson’s work to that of Alice Munro, to give you a better idea of what to expect, if you’re unfamiliar. Also reading tonight is local scribe Lindsay Hunter, co-founder of the charming Quickies! reading series and author of the forthcoming novel “My Brother,” plus author J. Adams Oaks, whose first novel, “Why I Fight,” was released last month via Simon and Schuster. (Tom Lynch)
June 5 at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, (773)293-2665, at 7:30pm. Free.