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ECONOMIC KNOWLEDGE Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner read from their book, “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” (HarperCollins). Today, 12:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 160 E. 54th St., between Lexington and Third avenues, 212-750-8033, free.
CLEAR HEADS Christopher Healy reads from his book “Pop Culture: The Sane Man’s Guide to the Insane World of New Fatherhood” (Penguin). Tonight, 6:30 p.m., Coliseum Books, 11 W. 42nd St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, 212-803-5890, free.
INSIDER ANALYSIS Fawaz Gerges reads from his book “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy” (Harcourt). Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave. at 22nd Street, 212-727-1227, free.
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL A.M. Homes reads from her novel, “This Book Will Save Your Life” (Viking), about a Los Angeles day-trader who vows to change his life after having a panic attack. Tonight, 7 p.m., 192 Books, 192 Tenth Ave. at 21st Street, 212-255-4022, free.
SCHOOL DAZE Andrew Trees (a pseudonym) reads from his novel “Academy X” (Bloomsbury), about an idealistic teacher at a Manhattan private school. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street, 212-595-6859, free.
FAMILY REUNION Heidi Pitlor reads from her novel “Birthdays” (W.W. Norton), a story about three siblings at crossroads in their lives who reunite for their father’s 75th birthday. Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 396 Sixth Ave. at 8th Street, 212-674-8780, free.