THE REAL WORLD—In his much-buzzed-about new literary manifesto Reality Hunger, David Shields argues that the novel as we know it is on its way out—that the form no longer speaks to readers who are ravenous for "reality" in an increasingly artificial world. Agree or disagree, if you're interested in the future of literature you should probably check this one out. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside,7:30 pm, FREE
OMAR COMIN'—Of all the suddenly great television shows of the past decade, The Wire is one of the most frequently cited as a standout. Test your ability to keep its myriad characters and double-crosses straight at a night of trivia devoted wholly to the show. (When in doubt, assume every answer is "Bubbles.") MS
Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl, 7 pm, FREE
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