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Many people know St. Jude only from a stranger’s classified ad thanking him for prayers answered and favors granted. Others know that, as one woman quoted in Liz Trotta’s book Jude: A Pilgrimage to the Saint of the Last Resort says, “If you’re in a tough spot, this is the man to call.” Trotta traveled around the world, to New York, Rome, and Turkey, to learn about Jude—the varying historical accounts of his life and his legacy over the centuries. She shares stories of his followers today: a mother praying for her daughter paralyzed in an accident, scribbled requests placed at the feet of a Jude statue, a 25-year-old woman pleading for a boyfriend, and Mario Cuomo seeking the saint’s help during the birth of his second child. Trotta describes the devotion inspired by this powerful saint and how his followers started sharing their gratitude in the pages of newspapers. Trotta discusses and signs copies of her book at 7:30 p.m. at Borders, 534 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. (301) 921-0990. (Frances McMillen)