GET CULTURED: There's No Such Thing As a Free Lunch...

That is most definitely true, especially in this crapulent economy. But thankfully, there is such a thing as free Junot! Diaz, that is. The Pulitzer Prize-winning hottie (well, if nerds are your thing as they are mine) is doing a reading on Monday Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Solas Bar in NYC. So put down that new Bolaño book, which will likely take you three lifetimes to finish, and join the 39-year-old Dominican author as he thrills us with passages from his critically acclaimed, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

The addy in case you need it:

Solas Bar
232 E 9TH St
New York, NY 10003-7575
Phone: (212) 375-0297

The St Mark's Bookshop Reading Series is scheduled for two Thursdays a month beginning at 7:30 PM.