Talk about beginner's luck. Last summer, author David Wroblewski shook the literary world with his debut novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Featuring an unlikely plot about the life of a mute growing up on a dog-breeding farm in Wisconsin, it's also a loose retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The book became a New York Times bestseller and - even more importantly - was anointed by Oprah Winfrey's book club. Wroblewski will give a reading and talk today as part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. "The idea came in one afternoon," he explained on Oprah's show. "I was interested in doing a story about dogs and drawing on classic sources. I also wanted to invoke something about language and how we use it." And while The Bard of Avon or poor Yorick could not have envisioned jumping mutts barking among the halls of Elsinore, this tale of rural retribution has fans howling for more. 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. $5.
Mon., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2010