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It opens with a “translator’s note,” but Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha has not been translated and is not a memoir. Though partially based on interviews with a retired geisha, this first-person account of life in Kyoto’s pleasure district in the ’30s is fiction, written by a man who was born in Chattanooga in the ’50s. Golden will read from his acclaimed novel and then, perhaps, try to explain himself. At 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (MJ)