Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux reads tonight at the Harold Washington Library to lure readers to his new book Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. The new book retraces the train trip Theroux took across Asia two decades ago. Event details here.
Theroux has always struck me as a travel writer unbeholden to social niceties, and not bowing down in front of those he's writing about. "Every country has the writers she requires and deserves, which is why Nicaragua, in two hundred years of literacy, has produced one writer-a mediocre poet," he wrote in 1979's The Old Patagonian Express.