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Doug Stanton
Quail Ridge Books—Jack of all trades and man's man Doug Stanton knows his way around the circles of the rich, the famous and the American warriors of land and sea. A former contributing editor at Esquire, Sports Afield and Outside, Stanton now holds the same post at Men's Journal. His first best-selling book told the gripping true story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Stanton's latest finds the author exploring the lives of heroic American soldiers with Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soliders Who Rode to Victory in Afganistan, a harrowing account of a small band of Special Forces who rode to war against the Taliban on the backs of horses and came out victorious. Hear him read from his new literary epic tonight for free at 7:30 p.m. Visit quailridgebooks.booksense.com. —Kathy Justice

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919 Noise Guitar Night
Nightlight—It's like the Iron Man of the avant-garde: stretching an instrument beyond its intended purpose. The 919 Noise collective regularly pushes the boundaries of sound in collaborations, events, and an open network of artists that utilize all manner of noise makers, but here the roster must retool only the guitar. On board: acoustic picker Josh Zaslow, ex-Cold Sides member and electronic producer (as Datahata) Zeke Graves, Ted Johnson of Asheville duo Digshoveldig, Silber Records associates Matt Westlake and Brian John Mitchell, along with Bruce Stevens and Lloyd Mason. They'll be testing a stringed instrument to defy its own limitations, as 919 organizer Bryce Eiman says: "I just pray none of them actually sound like a guitar." Pay $5 at 9:30 p.m. —Chris Toenes

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