Novelist/humorist/“verse columnist” Calvin Trillin missed his scheduled 2011 Town Hall appearance for health reasons. Perhaps it’s for the best, since not only is he restored to his usual disarmingly wry vigor, but he’ll bring with him a new book, Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse (to complement his last collection, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin). With the same barbed wit he displayed in his bestsellers Deciding the Next Decider, Obliviously On He Sails, and A Heckuva Job, America’s deadline poet trains his Dogfight sights on the Tea Party (“These folks were quick to vocally condemn/All handouts but the ones that went to them”), the field of contenders for the Republican nomination (“Though first-tier candidates were mostly out,/Republicans were asking, “What about/The second tier or what about the third?/Has nothing from those other tiers been heard?”), and oh-so-much more. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civic series, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.