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Canadian author Diane Schoemperlen has written four books of short stories, and allegedly tricked herself into writing In the Language of Love: A Novel in 100 Chapters by pretending it was just another collection. In fact, Language—the story of a 40-year-old collage artist named Joanna—succeeds as an assemblage of interrelated but potentially independent parts. Schoemperlen names its brief chapters after the 100 terms in the Kent-Rosanoff Word Association Test, which was devised in 1910 but fell out of favor when psychotics and “normals” responded similarly. Accumulation of telling detail, not chronology, is Schoemperlen’s goal; after reading the chapters “Table” and “Dark,” which establish the principal characters and their places in time, readers may safely indulge the temptation to read the bits out of sequence. At 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495.