Amy Bloom was already one of the best short-story writers alive. Then she had to go and release Away, one of the most emotionally powerful novels of last year. Unfortunately, she came to town in the early fall of 2007, before many people had the chance to read Away and be awed. Consider this a lucky second chance to go and witness Bloom, a master of heartbreaking mood, do her thing. (Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave S, 684-4757. 7:30 pm, $8/$6 students.)

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