It's rare in the Triangle to catch an author at his first public reading of a book, especially an author like Nasdijj, born half-Navaho to a family of migrant workers, a reporter for small-town papers whose dedication to keep writing led to occasional homelessness, and who made his first national break in June 1999's Esquire. Later nominated for a National Magazine Award, Nasdijj's Esquire essay "The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams" became the title piece of his recently published memoir about his son, Tommy Nothing Fancy, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and died at the age of 6. Nasdijj's alternately staccato and lyric portrayal of his life with the boy, of reservation hardship and the difficulties of writing make for a profound, intense book that already has been highly lauded by the likes of Rick Bass and Edward Hoagland. Catch Nasdijj live at the Regulator Bookshop on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., the day before he gets interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered." For more information, call 286-2700.