The Literary Nightlife 

Any month is a good month to support your neighborhood branch of the Memphis Public Library. But this November, the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, at 3030 Poplar, is a great place to be.

There's a performance by Alaskan storyteller and fiddler Ken Waldman on November 13th, a showing of the Scandinavian film Mother of Mine (this month's offering in the library's "Wider Angle" film series) on November 14th, and free classes on computer basics for adults throughout the month.

But to start the month, the Central Library is not only the place to be, it's the place to give. "After Hours," the Foundation for the Library's annual fund-raising gala, is Saturday, November 3rd. For $100 per person ($700 for a table of eight), guests will be treated to cocktails and dinner (catered by Another Roadside Attraction), live music (including a performance by the Memphis Men's Chorale), and a silent auction — so keep your voice down, this here's a library. Not so silent during "After Hours": the night's keynote speaker — political satirist and author Christopher Buckley (pictured).

If you don't know Buckley's titles (No Way To Treat a First Lady, Washington Schlepped Here, and, most recently, Boomsday), surely you know the movie Thank You for Smoking starring Aaron Eckhart and Robert Duvall. It was based on Buckley's book of the same title. And maybe you know another Buckley book: The White House Mess, which was a work of fiction. The current White House mess isn't fiction, it's a fact. And surely Christopher Buckley has some words to say on the subject. That'll be fine. It's "After Hours."

"After Hours," the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Saturday, November 3rd, 7-11 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 415-2834.

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