Alex: I was running a reading in the bookstore for the book Fire and Forget , an anthology of short stories on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were in the middle of the talk when the VERY LOUD building fire alarms went off. It wasn’t a drill. My recollection is that one or two people in the room screamed in surprise. Several firetrucks pulled up as we evacuated the store. As it turns out, a tenant in one of the apartments above the store had burned dinner. After 20 minutes, we filed back into the store and picked up where we left off. I had grabbed some pens on the way out so the authors could at least sign copies of their book outside (which they did!), lit by the red flashing lights of the Cambridge Fire Department.