DECEMBER 5

Recasting those damnably patriarchal fairy tales has become something of a trend. And Margaret Atwood, who’s been known to pen the occasional acerbic fantasy, won’t be left out. Her Good Bones and Simple Murders, a collection of 35 very brief fictions and essays, includes “The Little Red Hen Tells All” and “Making a Man” (based on the Gingerbread Man tale). Illustrated with the author’s own line drawings, Good Bones is Atwood abbreviated; she reads from this attitudinal sampler at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $19. (202) 357-3030. (Nathalie op de Beeck)