Guillermo del Toro

After his acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth, Oscar-nominated and one of the most praised movies of 2006, you could excuse Guillermo del Toro for slowing down and going on a long vacation. The Mexican-born writer/director has been working non-stop since 1993’s Cronos, often producing and collaborating with his countrymen Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón. Yet he’s continued to direct Hellboy movies, is currently writing The Hobbit (possibly in two parts! Possibly to be directed by Peter Jackson!), and has found time to launch a book-writing career. He’s now followed The Strain with The Fall (William Morrow, $26.99), in which the same vampire virus continues to plague mankind. A trilogy is planned with co-writer Chuck Hogan; after that, don’t be surprised if the whole undead saga becomes a TV miniseries. (After, we hope, The Hobbit.) Tonight, del Toro will be interviewed on stage by local film gadfly Warren Etheredge, always a cheerful and gracious host. (Ticket price includes book.) BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2010

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