Some college students think about going to grad school after graduation. Few think about going to prison. Author Piper Kerman certainly had no idea an orange jumpsuit was in her future, but it was. I was a well-educated young lady from Boston with a thirst for bohemian counterculture and no clear plan, she writes in her new memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Womens Prison. Instead of looking into MFA programs after college, Kerman decided to traffic drug money. Ten years later, the feds sent her to a minimum-security prison in Connecticut. Her prison, she found, was more a place for character studies than fights; she only got into trouble when she picked all the spinach out of the salad bar. Her book documents the day-to-day lessons of prison life such as how to make prison cheesecake (with stolen margarine, Laughing Cow and Cremora) and clean up using Maxipads. Not exactly Oz, but a far cry from her relatively fancy present life as a Washington communications executive. 7 p.m. Brazos Books, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Wed., March 30, 7 p.m., 2011