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  • C.C. Carter at Sappho’s Salon

Looking for something to do today? Agenda‘s got you covered.

Once you’ve gone to the trouble of writing and publishing a book, wouldn’t it be great to go work in a bookstore for a few hours to make sure people buy it? Christine Sneed, author of the critically acclaimed novel Little Known Facts, will be doing just that at City Lit Books today.

Sappho’s Salon, a gathering for lesbians and their friends, is taking time to celebrate the winter solstice. Tonight you can join the festivities—be ready for an ugly Christmas sweater contest, solstice ritual, and eggnog—at Women and Children First. Sarah’s Circle, a shelter for homeless women, will be on hand accepting donations.

Society makes us feel weird and bad for sitting around in bars while the sun is still up (unless sports are on TV—then anything goes). On the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, you can feel good about hunkering down at your neighborhood bar when it’s only 4 PM, because it’s probably dark out. And you can’t really be depressed about it when you’re wasted! Check our neighborhood bar guide for locale suggestions.

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader’s daily Agenda page.