Writer, bon vivant, raconteur and licensed-and-bonded kabuki plumber Scott Phillips is on a hot streak lately. Last year's novel, The Adjustment, racked up awards both prestigious -- an RFT Best of Award for Best Local Novel -- and slightly-less prestigious (the New York Times named it one of the paper's "favorite noir of 2011"). The book's ersatz hero is Wayne Ogden, a former Army quartermaster who returns home to Wichita, Kansas, after WW II to resume civilian life. For Wayne, this means taking care of all the problems his boss creates for himself, which include arranging abortions for the secretaries he's knocked up and blackmailing various board members. Wayne's a merciless, business-is-business kinda guy, and if he doesn't exactly enjoy his work he certainly doesn't mind punching the clock. Phillips brings his high-energy reading style -- he uses accents, body english and a stage-worthy delivery to bring the story to life -- to the University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-3150 or www.ucitylibrary.org) at 7 p.m. this evening. Come hear what all the fuss is about, and if you enjoy the performance, maybe you'll buy a copy of The Adjustment; copies will be available through Subterranean Books mobile book-selling table unit.
Wed., Jan. 18, 2012