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Robert Jordan has come a long way since he penned novelizations of Conan the Barbarian…well, kinda. Currently, when it comes to chimerical tomes of Brobdingnagian scale, he is second only to the untouchable Anglican, J.R.R. Jordan, having just released the 10th book in his best-selling The Wheel of Time epic, has already surpassed Tolkien in terms of sheer arborcide (between 6,000 and 7,000 total pages—depending on edition—including the latest installment, Crossroads of Twilight), but the American’s pragmatic verbiage lacks the rhythmical deftness of Tolkien’s lyricism. Jordan’s druidic devotees, who are legion, are sure to be stoked about his book tour. But these days—that is to say in the wake of the Lord of the Rings films’ box-office success—there could be an even more diverse crowd than the usual fanny-pack-and-cowl set. Jordan’s in town at 12:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610. (DD)