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Picks: Leslie Jamison

[LITERATURE] TUESDAY, FEB. 19

Writer Leslie Jamison sounds like an advertisement for precocity: She published her first novel, The Gin Closet, at 26, and saw it praised as “beautifully written” by Publisher’s Weekly and “an exquisite blues of a novel” by Booklist. She’s got another book in the pipeline, The Empathy Exam: Essays on Pain; it’s due this fall. She’s pursuing a Ph.D at Yale (after already getting degrees from a couple of places you might’ve heard of, Harvard and the Iowa Writers Workshop). And she mentors through a prison writing program. She just may give precocity a good name. 7 p.m., Greenspun Hall, UNLV, blackmountaininstitute.org, free