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Most authors promote one novel at a time. But this spring, St. Paul novelist David Haynes is touring for two new hardcovers issued by two independent publishers, as well as a paperback version of his earlier book, Somebody Else’s Mama. The 40-year-old Haynes, who tells humorous stories of African-American families in an unconventional setting—the Midwest ’burbs—was just named one of Granta’s 20 Best Young American Novelists. His books are like sitcoms with a touch of pathos: Live at Five concerns a black anchorman whose white boss sends him to report from “the ghetto,” while Heathens is a slapstick, trailer-trashy account of a man, his meddling mom, and his common-law wife. Haynes reads at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 462-9272. (NodB)