A Stable Voice

Usually, horses inspire writers to work in one of two genres: crime fiction or stories about little girls who love horses. The most popular author of horse-related crime fiction would probably be Dick Francis, the jockey turned novelist of approximately 700 mysteries involving racehorses and the teeny little men who ride them. Author Jaimy Gordon wrote Lord of Misrule, a novel that pivots on a horse-racing scam but features a heroine who loves the used-up horses of a backwater racetrack. Sensitive, gripping and literate, the book had critics whinnying for joy, and it won Gordon the National Book Award. At 7 p.m., Rainy Day Books hosts Jaimy Gordon at Unity Temple on the Plaza for a reading and book signing. Tickets, which cost $15, include a copy of the just-released trade paperback plus a single guest ticket if you need one. For tickets or for more information, see rainydaybooks.com.

Tue., April 5, 7 p.m., 2011