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Eat Books, Save Lives

Some time ago, in the not-too-distant past, doomy rockers Death Cab for Cutie and author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) got together in Seattle to play an extended version of “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Death Cab played their guitars and drums. Handler played his accordion. There was, reportedly, way too much howling. Envelopes were handed out to the gathered crowd. And the money — $13,000 of it, all to be donated to Dave Eggers’ 826 nonprofit youth-literacy foundation — flowed from pockets and purses. The Revenge of the Book Eaters traveling all-star literature-music-comedy show was born. Which is better, words or music? The Book Eaters aim to set the record straight, once and for all. This weekend, the tour continues its monstrous six-concert, six-city run at UCLA’s Royce Hall. In attendance for the Los Angeles installment: The Mountain Goats, Aimee Mann, Sarah Vowell, Jenny Lewis, Andy Richter, John Roderick and, of course, Dave Eggers. Singers who read. Writers who sing. Oh, the horror.

—Gendy Alimurung

Revenge of the Book Eaters, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, UCLA; Sat., Aug. 26, 8 p.m.; $30-$100, all proceeds benefit 826LA’s free programming for students. (213) 480-3232, www.826LA.org.


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