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Pick: Various book readings

[WORDS] Various dates

Friday, March 29: If you’re not familiar with the Red Rock Review, the often-overlooked lit-mag put out by the College of Southern Nevada, here’s a good chance to get acquainted. Hoping to synergize a little energy between downtown visual arts culture — as represented by the setting, Open Air Printers — and its own literary mojo, the RRR will host a reading by CSN prof Brett Riley, who’ll read from his short story collection The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light. Editors plan to make this a biannual event. 7 p.m., 1039 S. Main St., No. 150, free, 651-4455

Wednesday, April 3: If you’ve seen Lindsey Leavitt talk about her young adult fiction at a previous bookish event, you know she’s poised, funny, smart and thoroughly entertaining — even if you’re not a young adult. In “An Evening With Lindsey Leavitt,” she’ll talk about her forthcoming novel, Going Vintage, in which Mallory gives up on boys and technology to live a simpler life. She’ll also address the ups and downs of writing for a tween audience. 7 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, free,

Thursday, April 4: It can’t be easy being gay and black in the South. To dramatize what it’s like, E. Patrick Johnson will perform passages from his book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South — An Oral History. From growing up gay to coming out, from falling in love to pursuing sex, these stories will give you a perspective that you probably haven’t experienced before. 7 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, free,