What do orangutans, human kidneys, garbage, and Van Gogh have in common? asks Moisés Naím. How about boa constrictors full of cocaine? Naím’s brisk new book, however, is often more serious than punch line. Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy probes the ways in which globalization has made it easier for people to trade black-market goods (and people) and harder for traditional governments to crack down. Hence, Brazilian investigators have observed kidneys passing “between patients of obviously differing circumstances and no prior acquaintance” as legal “gifts.” Some 551 Picassos are MIA, that Chilean sea bass you and your sweetie splurged on the other night may have actually been Patagonian toothfish—and don’t even ask where your garbage goes. Find out how tight book-talk security is these days (photo ID required to attend) when Naím speaks at 12:30 p.m. at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium, 1330 New York Avenue NW. Free. (Books provided by Olsson’s.) (202) 623-3558.