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This is what you know about Anderson Cooper: He’s got gray hair, and everyone thinks he’s gay. If you’re an Us mag junkie, you might also know his mother is heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, his father died young, and his brother committed suicide. Still, when you hold a job that smacks of artifice as much as CNN news anchor, you have to add a little more meat to your life story to convince the public you’re a human being. Hence Dispatches From the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival, Cooper’s book about his reporting missions to the likes of Somalia, Kosovo, and Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. But for all those devastating, life-altering experiences, his thin (224-page) volume returns often to his own personal storms. (One not mentioned: his stint hosting ABC reality show The Mole.) Ask him about the time Diane Arbus took his baby pictures when he speaks and signs copies of Dispatches From the Edge at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Mike DeBonis)