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In the introduction to Bobbie Ann Mason’s new book—Midnight Magic: Selected Stories, all of which she chose for this volume, the author explains a little bit about how she writes a story. “The mystery of writing is much like driving into the darkness in the middle of the night. It’s both dangerous and fraught with possibility….That’s what the creative act is for me—a challenge to inhibition, a delving into the hidden and forgotten.” Her thoughts on the origins of some of the stories contained in Midnight Magic—where and how they started growing in her mind—offer an entry into this book. The knowledge of how an idea was transplanted from Mason’s own experiences and observations into the tale plays nicely in the reader’s mind as one is introduced to her marvelous stories, which largely deal with rural life. At 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. Free. (202) 347-5495. (Frances McMillen)