The Monti StorySlam
Alivia's Bistro—Over that past few months, the recurring series of extemporaneous storytelling called The Monti has received considerable attention. In addition to stories in the local papers, including the Indy, and by now it has featured such prominent area literary and public figures, such as Dasan Ahanu, Clyde Edgerton, Daniel Wallace, Frank Stasio and Joanna Catherine Scott. The next step in the growth of The Monti is a new segment for WUNC-FM, in which short, 3-4 minute segments will be aired, under the title Stories from the Shelf.
The theme of tonight's StorySLAM, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is "Back to School." Tickets are $7 and are best purchased in advance, and you are advised to show up when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. to get a good seat. Visit www.themonti.org for more information. —David Fellerath
The Regulator Bookshop—In her memoir, At Home Abroad: An American Girl in Africa, Durham author Nancy Henderson-James describes her childhood in Africa as the daughter of missionaries. She recounts growing up in Angola, learning five languages, traveling 1,500 miles to high school in Rhodesia and making a trek to the alien world of Tacoma, Wash., in 1961 after war breaks out. Henderson-James' reading and signing starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.theregulatorbookshop.com or call 286-2700. For more information on the book, visit nancyhendersonjames.com. —Zack Smith
Nightlight—This summer, several thousand girls across America attended one of a growing number of Girls Rock Camps, which work to instill confidence in the creative abilities of pre-teens and teenagers while offering them insight into the way instruments, music and the music business work. The Girl's Guide to Rocking, then, the first book from provocative Chicago music critic Jessica Hopper, arrives just in time, or as those girls head back into the androgenic wasteland of grade school. Unequal parts rock history, motivational fist-pumping and practical advice, The Girls' Guide inspires as it educates, offering encouragement through a you-can-do-this moxy that's supported by empirical evidence including interviews with The Go-Gos and Blondie. Hopper reads from the book tonight, while Toronto's Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees and Durham's Pink Flag offer evidence of their own. Pay $5 at 7 p.m. Visit www.nightlightclub.com.—Grayson Currin