Author and University of Cincinnati professor Chris Bachelder’s latest comic novel, The Throwback Special, centers on a group of guys who meet every year to reenact one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history — the breaking of Washington Redskins’ quarterback Joe Theismann’s leg during a Monday Night Football game in 1985. If Bachelder’s three previous novels — 2001’s Bear v. Shark, 2006’s U.S.! and 2011’s Abbott Awaits — are any indication, expect a witty, unusually incisive look at the ways in which we deal with and traverse our often surreal lives. Bachelder reads from, discusses and signs The Throwback Special.
7 p.m. Thursday. Free. Joseph-Beth Booksellers Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, josephbeth.com.