I just got back from a reading by Colson Whitehead at Black Oak Books in Berkeley.
I haven't read anything by him, but one of my friends absolutely loves him. I was going to try and get out of my agreement to go with her and some other people but...I ended up going anyway and it was surprisingly fascinating.
He read from Apex Hides the Hurt--which I need to read, and also part of something that he's currently working on, which...I probably don't need to read, but it was pretty awesome.
I just thought I would share that before I forgot.
But yes, very cool, and I must go to more readings in the future.