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BEGINNING OF THE STORM A former chief executive officer for Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina, reads from her memoir “Tough Choices” (Penguin), detailing her six-year career with the company. Tonight, 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 160 E. 54th St. at Park Avenue, 212-750-8033, free.
DESERTESCAPE Laureen Vonnegut reads from her novel “Oasis” (Counterpoint), which follows a Russian woman as she escapes her husband in the Western Sahara. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place at Broadway, 212-420-1322, free.
CRUCIAL MISTAKE Harlan Coben reads from his novel “Promise Me” (Penguin), about an entertainment agent who is implicated in the kidnapping of a young girl. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., between Broadway and Park Avenue, 212-253-0810, free.
CITY CRISIS Journalist Katherine Lanpher reads from her memoir “Leap Days: Chronicles of a Midlife Move” (Warner), which describes how her life changed when she moved to the city on a leap day. Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street, 212-595-6859, free.