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BEYOND CANCUN Scott Smith reads from his novel “The Ruins” (Knopf), about a murder during a family’s Mexican vacation. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave. at 22nd Street, 212-727-1227, free.
NO FEAR David Brown reads from his memoir, “David Brown’s Guide to Life Without Fears, Tears, or Boredom” (Barricade). Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street, 212-362-8835, free.
RECONFIGURATION Jennifer Egan reads from her novel “Look at Me” (Anchor), about how the life of a Manhattan model changes after a car accident. Tonight, 8 p.m., Rocky Sullivan’s Pub, 129 Lexington Ave., between 28th and 29th streets, 212-725-3871, free.