Mark Bazer’s monthly Interview Show at Hideout continues to feature first-class guests, and this installment is no different. James McManus, author of the 2003 bestselling poker book “Positively Fifth Street,” returns with yet another book about the storied game, titled “Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker.” McManus ambitiously attempts to tell the full story of poker, its importance throughout history as both a social activity and a game of uniquely equal competition. He argues that, from the Wild West to today, poker is truly America’s pastime. (It should come as no surprise, McManus being a poker fiend himself.) Having only read excerpts myself, I can’t speak for the entire work, but I can say that having spoken with McManus on a couple of occasions, he’s a hell of a storyteller. As a bonus for this event, Audrey Niffenegger discusses her new, and best, novel, “Her Fearful Symmetry.” Rhymefest and Stephanie Izard also appear. (Tom Lynch)
The Interview Show takes place December 4 at Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, (773)227-4433, at 6:30pm. $5.