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RURAL VIEWS Brian Mann reads from his essay “Welcome to the Homeland: A Journey to the Rural Heart of America’s Conservative Revolution” (Steerforth). Tonight, KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., between Second Avenue and the Bowery, 212-505-3360, free.
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.