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Louis Bayard wanted “to write a Washington novel that didn’t have politics in it. There’s a whole other side of Washington that never gets out there.” The result, Fool’s Errand, is a novel that spans the globe from Capitol Hill to Adams Morgan. As Patrick Beaton dozes off at his second brunch of the day, he is spoken to by a vision—a man in a cranberry Shetland sweater. Convinced somehow that this was his encounter with Mr. Right, Patrick chases him like Scarlett through the mist, even though he doesn’t know his name, where he lives, or even if he’s gay. First-time novelist Bayard’s piquant characters and Clare Boothe Luce-esque dialogue suggest he’ll be great fun to meet when he reads from his book at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Janet Hopf)