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Dave Eggers is on a book tour to support his breathtaking and very personal novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, but don’t expect him to read any part of his book aloud. Even though it’s a New York Times bestseller and totally wicked funny. Eggers isn’t really that into the whole book-tour format, particularly the part in which the author has to read to an audience of adoring fans. So when Eggers’ national book tour finally stops in D.C., it will really be more like a show. A performance piece. A Dave Eggers Appearance, which may or may not include the following: go-go dancers, a bus trip to a bar, and on-the-spot drawings of Amy Carter. With any luck, Eggers will try a live version of a feature from his Web site called “Ask the McSweeney’s Representative,” in which he addresses questions posed by the many followers of McSweeneys.net. Just in case this does, in fact, happen at this particular reading, here’s a list of questions that adoring fans of Dave Eggers might consider asking: How did you get Komar and Melamid to design the cover of your breathtaking and very personal story? Do you like Michael Bolton better with long hair or short hair? (Yes, you must choose one.) How difficult/easy is it to spend a $100,000 book advance? Islanders or Rangers? What’s your opinion of football’s instant-replay rule? Eggers may or may not read from his new book at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Tina Plottel)