Almost everyone has a friend that's a book snob - someone who talks like they're reciting the New York Review of Books, drinks obscure French wine and chuckles pretentiously when people speak well of Stephen King. Where book snobs find the free time to know intimate details about authors we don't know is a well-kept secret. Although bad books can be a real waste of time, you can always test out an author before dedicating hours to a novel by reading their short stories. Doug Dorst's new collection of short stories, Surf Guru, will allow you to do just that. Dorst will read selections from Surf Guru and sign copies of the collection at Barnes and Noble, 7700 West Northwest Highway, this Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. There is no fee for admission. For more information call 214-739-1124 or visit barnesandnoble.com.
Thu., Aug. 18, 7 p.m., 2011