Jeremy Bushnell and Rachel Cantor read from their recently published debut novels at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
Bushnell's "The Weirdness" kicks off with a deal from the Devil: struggling writer Billy Ridgeway is hung over and late for work when Lucifer Morningstar turns up to tempt him with fair trade coffee and a five-figure book deal.
All he has to do is track down the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a lucky cat statue currently in the hands of the most powerful warlock on the eastern seaboard.
The Devil's bidding sends Billy on a wild chase across New York City, leading Billy to discover his own strength, harnessing his powers as a hell-wolf and ultimately fighting the warlock face-to-face.
It's a Faustian tale for the 20th century.
Bushnell is the fiction editor for Longform.com, and is also the lead developer of Inevitable, a tabletop game released by Dystopian Holdings. He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, Mass.
Cantor's "A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World" has earned her comparisons to Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and Italo Calvino.
A wildly fun sci-fi adventure through a dystopia where fast food chains rule the world, it follows Leonard, a customer service rep for the Pythagorean pizza chain Neetsa Pizza, has to break out of his comfort zone to embark on an adventure to save the world.
Cantor was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Rome. She worked for jazz festivals in France and food festivals in Australia before getting degrees in international development and fiction writing.
She lives in Brooklyn.
"VANISHING ICE" DISAPPEARS
It's your last chance to see "Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012," which shows through Sunday, March 2, at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St.
"Vanishing Ice" introduces the artistic legacy of the planet's frozen frontiers now threatened by climate change, a phenomenon understood by the public primarily through news of devastating climactic events.
Comprised of 70 works of art, the exhibition offers another perspective by providing visitors an opportunity to experience the majesty of sublime landscapes - glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice - that have inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for more than 200 years, thematically and chronologically.
Details: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org.
WILD LITERARIANS DINNER
Indulge in an evening of varied pleasures - food, drink, words, music, laughter and general nonsense -from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Honey Moon, 1053 N. State St. in the alley behind Pepper Sisters.
Warm your belly with a simple supper of Irish stew and such, plus plenty of mead and cider.
Entertainments include selected readings from James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake," delivered by an illustrious line-up of local literarians, including Robert Lashley, Pete Irving and Tad Kroening, as well as musical improvisations by Harper Stone of Hot Damn Scandal. Subdued Excitement at its finest!
Cost is $15 for dinner and your first drink.
Reservations are encouraged; 360-734-0728. firstname.lastname@example.org.