Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Chuck Thompson isn't into political reconciliationhe's on to letting the South getting a move on150 years after the Civil War. Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Succession (Simon & Schuster) is a conversation starter, albeit one with a smile. "Fry yourself some grits, unfurl that Confederate flag, and read this gem of a book. Chuck Thompson doesn't have a politically correct bone in his Yankee body. He skewers the South mercilessly, and hilariouslyand backs up his barbs with facts. Lots of facts. Better Off Without 'Em is sure to set hearts racing, on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line." - Eric Weiner. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.strangertickets.com. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.