What happens when you mix a spy thriller with real-life incidents involving religious satire and international terrorism, add in some dark humor, a pinch of romance, give each character a gun and let everything play out in a remote upstate New York setting? Find out as author Brock Clarke details the making of his new novel, “The Happiest People in the World” this Wednesday in Portland.

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: portlandlibrary.com; 871-1700