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AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE Chimanda Ngozi Adichie reads from her novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” (Knopf), about the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria, who seceded in 1967 to found the country of Biafra. Tonight, 7 p.m., 192 Books, 192 Tenth Ave. at 21st Street, 212-255-4022, free.
I AM THE WANDERER Erik Calonius reads from his account “The Wanderer: The Last American Slave Ship and the Conspiracy That Set Its Sails” (St. Martin’s Press). Tonight, 7 p.m., South Street Seaport Museum, 213 Water St., between Fulton and Beekman streets, 212-748-8568, $5.
ANIMAL INSTINCTS Clea Simon reads from her mystery novel “Cattery Row” (Poisoned Pen Press), about a Boston journalist who solves crime with Musetta, her feline friend. Tonight, 7 p.m., Partners & Crime Booksellers, 44 Greenwich Ave. at Charles Street, 212-243-0440, free.
MEDIEVAL POTPOURRI “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings reads from his essay “Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs” (Random House). Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., between Broadway and Park Avenue,212-253-0810, free.
FOLK TALES Mohammed Naseehu Ali reads from his collection of stories “The Prophet of Zongo Street” (Harper-Collins), which mix African folklore with modern issues. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave. at 22nd Street, 212-727-1227, free.
VIVE LA FRANCE Mary McAuliffe reads from her guide “Paris Discovered: Explorations in the City of Light” (Princeton), which includes 50 walking destinations related to the 18th- and 19th-century worlds of French literature. Tonight 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street, 212-362-8835, free.