Cincinnati-raised poet Nikki Giovanni comes to Joseph-Beth to discuss and sign her two children’s books: Hip Hop Speaks to Children and Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship. Hip Hop Speaks to Children launches young ones on a voyage of discovery through readable and audible poetry- with a beat. There are 51 selections from 42 poets, and 30 performances on CD. Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship looks at the relationship between our 16th president and Frederick Douglass. The book focuses on Lincoln’s ideas about abolishing slavery and how that put him in close contact with Douglass. 7 p.m. Get details and fine nearby bars and restaurants here.