There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

She was one of the contenders for this year’s National Book Award for fiction, but Grace Paley lost out to novelist William Gaddis. This came as no surprise; after all, Grace Paley: The Collected Stories contained only previously published work. Still, making it to the award’s top five was a feat—possibly even more difficult than getting a good seat at tonight’s reading. Paley, whose tales of Greenwich Village have a wide-eyed solemnity that often lapses into mischievous wit, reads at 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $20. For reservations call (202) 544-7077. (Nathalie op de Beeck)