brock-clarkeMonday, October 5 

Author Brock Clarke (Exley, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England) has a new novel, The Happiest People in the World, and dramatic artists affiliated with Portland Stage Company will read selections from the dryly comic spy thriller at PSC’s Studio Theater (25A Forest Ave., Portland), followed by a Q&A with Clarke. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. 774-0465. portlandstage.org.