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The scenes in Katherine Hester’s Eggs for Young America resemble Suzanne Vega’s unfussy, existential, a cappella “Tom’s Diner.” Hester captures the same sense of alienation, yearning, and a particular sense of quiet. The young Texan’s rather seamless tales set in the fallen, modern South are punctuated with diner food, screen doors slapping shut, and bus-stop conversations. Eggs is keen enough to convey what’s not being said and what resonates in workday messages such as one couple’s subdued requests that you don’t soil their carpet or their lifestyle while you install their home security system. The 1996 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference’s Katharine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Prize for fiction got Eggs published, along with Mary Jo Bang’s Apology for Want, which is quiet enough to echo the crush of hollow bones and the crackle of bacon just pages apart. Come on, feel the noise as they read at 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. (Ginger Eckert)