Borders West, 7 pm
The novelist reads from Daniel Isn't Talking, whose title character is based on her own autistic son. The story is narrated by the boy's mother, who seeks help from an unorthodox behaviorist.
Art & Antique Auction Preview Exhibition
UW Memorial Union Galleries, through May 26
Wisconsin Public Television's Art & Antiques Auction features work by 170 Wisconsin artists. You can get a bead on your favorites at this exhibition, then bid on them on May 29 during the on-air WPT auction.
Cafe Montmartre Sidecar, through June 24. Opening: 6-9 pm
In a new exhibition, the local photographer (and Isthmus contributor) finds unexpected beauty in rusty industrial settings.
Booked for Murder, 6:30 pm
The Canadian mystery writer reads from Glitter of Diamonds, in which a tantrum-throwing baseball player is killed with a tool of his trade.
Club Tavern, 9 pm
Even as Nashville continues to churn out forgettable country-pop, this silver-haired Texas honky-tonker keeps the faith with twangy tunes about traditional country themes (drinkin', cheatin', truck-drivin'). He's here to show off his new album, From the Cradle to the Grave, which he recorded in Johnny Cash's mountain cabin. Horse Feathers open.