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When The National, Frank Deford‘s sports daily, launched, crashed, and burned a couple of years ago, he returned to the writer’s life he had pursued at Sports Illustrated for 20 years, where he helped establish the magazine’s standards for fine prose. Now a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Deford has also returned to fiction with a new novel, Love and Infamy. The NPR columnist will read from and sign his book at 7:30 p.m. at the New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. FREE. (301) 699-3500. (Jack Shafer)

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