City Paper is not for tourists
Any frequent flyer will tell you that a well-written letter of complaint sent to an airline company regarding a canceled flight will often score you some free tickets. Benjamin Ford, the protagonist of Men’s Journal and New York Times writer Jonathan Miles’ debut novel, Dear American Airlines, however, is looking for something else. Trapped in O’Hare International Airport en route to his estranged daughter’s wedding after his flight is canceled, Bennie angrily starts writing a request for a refund that eventually turns into a full confessional overflowing with regret for all mistakes he’s made and failures he’s suffered in life. Whether or not Bennie’s letter provides him with the salvation he had thought he could only attain by attending his daughter’s wedding remains to be seen. At the very least, however, he should get a couple of Laptop Lane vouchers. Miles discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. (202) 785-1133.