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In her 2014 novel Boy, Snow, Bird, author Helen Oyeyemi masterfully melds astute observations about contemporary life with fantastical elements plucked from the story of Snow White. Oyeyemi’s latest collection of short stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, similarly blends folk tales and detailed descriptions of relationships, but these stories take place all around the world. From the opening story, “Books and Roses,” which follows an orphan raised in a Catalonian church as she searches for a lock to match the key she wears around her neck, to “Presence,” a look at what happens when a married psychoanalyst imagines living with the 12-year-old son she never had, Oyeyemi blends the real and the fantastic in stirring passages. Read more >>> Helen Oyeyemi reads at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. Free. (202) 726-0856. busboysandpoets.com. (Caroline Jones)
It’s a good day for a sandwich. Washington City Paper‘s first ever Sandwich Issue is on stands today. Consult our guide to 15 must-try sandwiches around D.C. here. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Fresh off a plane from London, the Reduced Shakespeare Company arrives at the Folger Elizabethan theater with a comedic take on William Shakespeare‘s Long Lost First Play. 7:30 p.m. at 210 East Capitol St. SE. $35–$75.
Los Angeles-based indie-pop outfit TV Girl takes the stage at Comet Ping Pong alongside Maryland’s Infinity Crush. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Narragansett Beer presents a night of rock ‘n’ roll at DC9 featuring sets by New England-based band Those Wild Plains and local group Buffalo40. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
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