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SUBURBAN DREAMS Cathi Hanauer reads from her novel “Sweet Ruin” (Simon and Schuster), about a suburban housewife who begins an affair with a young artist. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place at Broadway, 212-420-1322, free.
CIVIL RIGHTS David Eisenbach reads from his book “Gay Power: A History of Gay Liberation, 1969 to 1980” (Avalon). Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave. at 22nd Street, 212-727-1227, free.