* 57th Street Books hosts a launch party for Sara Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski novel, Hardball. “Now Warshawski’s starring in her 13th mystery, and both she and her maker are at the top of their form,” writes Kathie Bergquist.

* Kathy Griffin signs her memoir at Borders on Michigan.

* The veteran literary journalist Tracy Kidder presents his latest, Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness (a benefit, $10).

Yet more after the jump….