You can bet that the champagne flowed freely in the Starbucks corporate offices the day it was announced that Michael Gates Gill was publishing a book called How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else. But the book is no mere sales ploy (though Starbucks could certainly use one right about now). Gill, the son of a wealthy editor, went to Yale and then spent his career in finance. But then he found himself in his sixties, fired, divorced and diagnosed with a brain tumor. In need of health insurance, he signed up to work at a Starbucks near Harlem, where, for the first time in his life, he mixed with people of different races and social classes. Hell talk lattes and race relations as he reads from the book today at 7 p.m. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive. For information, call 281-497-8675 or visit www.bluewillowbookshop.com. Free.
Tue., Sept. 9, 7 p.m., 2008