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Evan Hatch has a problem: He’s just discovered that he has a terrible disease, which he may be able to cure if only he can find his long-lost brother. His brother’s got his own problem: He’s just blown up his work shack and—more fatefully—part of a pipeline in Mexico. In The Fountain at the Center of the World, author Robert Newman sketches disparate characters who function as personified press releases on the various pitfalls of globalization. The crew then handily converges in Seattle in November of 1999 to fight it out. It’s hard to pull so many threads together and turn a novel on a dime, and Newman doesn’t: Fountain becomes a sort of fictional docudrama, filled with events infuriating enough to make you forget about the intricate storyline and consider going Black Bloc. Newman reads at 7:30 p.m. at the Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, 1426 9th St. NW. Free. (703) 276-9768. (Mike Kanin)