Monday, January 26

Books made fine bedfellows, being cheaper than those haute bourbon cocktails being served by mustachioed bartenders at half-empty bars all

Books made fine bedfellows, being cheaper than those haute bourbon cocktails being served by mustachioed bartenders at half-empty bars all over the city. Tonight Pulitzer Prize–winning hipster hero Junot Diaz appears at the reliably hoppin’ 92nd Street Y with Jamaica Kincaid, while theater types strive valiantly to stave off their own imminent demise (join the club, honeys!) with “An Intimate Night” at the Rainbow Room (itself an endangered species, of course) featuring rising Broadway stars engaging in a little good natured cabaret to benefit the Manhattan Theatre Club. Jazz hands!

[Junot Diaz and Jamaica Kincaid, the 92nd Street Y, 8 p.m.; “An Intimate Night” at the Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 7 p.m., 212-399-3000, ext. 4145]

mbryan@observer.com Monday, January 26