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Will Clark Reading & Book Signing 

Although his second to be published, The Worthy: A Ghost's Story is the first novel Will Clarke wrote. Similarities abound between the two, and this is a very good thing. Clarke is a solid and entertaining storyteller. As with his debut novel, Lord Vishnu's Love Handles, Clarke's quirky humor is interlaced throughout. His protagonists -- so far, both irreverent former frat boys, although with ultimately not-so-bad hearts -- possess almost impossibly awkward and juxtaposing qualities. Conrad Avery Sutton III, the frat boy ghost in this ghost's story, describes himself (after he takes over the body of an innocent Gamma Chi rushee) as "a normal dead guy possessing a seven-foot farm boy." You'll have to read the book to figure out how and why Conrad got himself into this odd predicament. Both of Clarke's books are soon to be films. I imagine they will be as successful as, say, the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club. Will Clarke the man is a kind, thoughtful and endlessly curious person. I highly recommend going to hear him speak about his book, and don't miss out on visiting his Web site, which logs the author's sometimes funny, sometimes intellectual musings. -- Katie Walenter

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20

Garden district book shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266;

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