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Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monsters Remix)

Monday, July 16, 4 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Monday, July 16, 7 pm, at Castro Theatre (429 Castro St.)

Palahniuk's signature blend of shock and social commentary has made him one of the most popular authors in the country, and his book tours are now closer to those of a rock star than those of an author. His latest release is a "director's cut" adaptation of his 1999 second novel Invisible Monsters, with adjustments, new material, and a "choose your own adventure" format. Given Palahniuk's popularity, you'll have to pay for a book or a ticket at both of his SF readings; go here for more information on the afternoon event at the Booksmith (free with purchase of the book), and here for more on the Commonwealth Club event in the evening ($20 without book, $40-70 with book). Both are likely to sell out, so be sure to buy tickets well in advance and arrive early.

Notes from a Darkened Theater: Happy Returns for Zoolander and Rambo?

Ben Stiller is no stranger to sequels.

Fresh off the dual successes of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Tropic Thunder, his decade-in-the-making passion project about a group of coddled actors lost in the jungles of Laos, he was already set to reprise his starring role in Night at the Museum, with a sequel due in May 2009. And though Stiller has confirmed plans for a third installment of his Meet the Parents saga – no surprise there, given its sustained success at the box office – he recently admitted that he’d like to bring back a character whose appeal proved more elusive the first time around: Derek Zoolander, the titular hero of his 2001 satire about the witless world of male models.

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