The Bookslut Reading Series continually offers compelling lineups of authors, and when you mix that with all the beer for sale at Andersonville’s Hopleaf, you got a lit lover’s wet dream. Tonight, J.C. Hallman reads from his work—his new short-story collection “The Hospital for Bad Poets” questions identity, philosophy and existence as a whole in both accessible and specific ways. Marc Phillips reads as well; his “The Legend of Sander Grant” mixes magical realism and humor and has earned comparisons to John Irving’s work. National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson reads from her latest collection, “Do Not Deny Me,” and, finally, “The Lazarus Project” author Aleksandar Hemon—whose new assembly of stories, “Love and Obstacles,” seems to improve in the mind with time—reads from his work. (Tom Lynch)
July 15 at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, (773)793-9488, at 7:30pm.