A long, long time ago, when I was running the readings at KGB and editing Columbia's literary journal, someone introduced me to Tom Perrotta, who had just published his first collection of stories. I published an essay of his in Columbia, and then he went on to huge success with Election, Little Children, and his latest book, The Abstinence Teacher. (Unfortunately, I cannot claim that my publishing his essay led to his success--he earned it all on his own.)
Tonight, he'll be at NOCCA, which is also just pure coincidence. But he'll be reading from his work, and maybe even talking about his success as screenwriter (an Oscar nominee for Little Children). Tickets are $10/$5 for students. NOCCA is at 2800 Chartres.