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Between this issue and last, 5_Trope threw something of a reading to benefit Housing Works Used Book Cafe—a charming and charitable Soho bookstore that exists to develop and fund services for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Saintly, aren't we? But the thing had an all-star line-up: Jenny Offill, Gary Lutz, Victoria Redel, and John Yau. Yeah. (See bios below the photos if you don't yet know these beautiful people.) These good souls/kickass writers and their good-souled and kick-assed publishers donated copies of the good souls' books to sell at the store the night of the event and after. Big grabby thanks to them and the people who buy those books. It happened on Saturday the sixth of October. Here are the photos to prove it (in order of appearance).

david, ed & mc, making intros and a bad name for 5_Trope
nancy, bookstore manager, talking about the charitable aspect of the evening
jenny, reading
victoria, following jenny
john, batting clean-up

Jenny Offill's first book, Last Things, was published in 1999 by FSG. It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is working on her second novel. She has taught at SUNY-Purchase and Yale summer school. She lives in Brooklyn.

Gary Lutz is the author of Stories in the Worst Way and the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts.

Writer and poet Victoria Redel is the author of three books—Where the Road Bottoms Out (stories), Already the World (poems), and Loverboy (novel). Loverboy was awarded the S. Mariella Gable award, was selected as a Borders Original Voices and a featured main selection for Quality Paperback Books. Redel has also been awarded the Tom and Stan Wick poetry prize, an NEA fellowship in poetry and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center where she currently serves on the writing committee. Redel teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University and in the MFA in writing program at Vermont College.

John Yau is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. He has two books forthcoming, as well as one book recently published. 100 More Jokes from the Book of the Dead, a collaboration with the artist Archie Rand, is the first book published by Meritage Press. The forthcoming books are a book of prose My Heart is That Eternal Rose Tattoo from Black Sparrow Press and Borrowed Love Poems from Penguin Putnam.