"Everything Matters" author Ron Currie Jr. and Death Cab for Cutie musician Ben Gibbard will speak at the Strand at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 about writing and music. Currie will read from his forthcoming novel, "Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles" and Gibbard will perform a few songs acoustically. Admission is either a copy of one of Currie's books or a $15 gift card.