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If you want to know why America is a superpower and France is a minor player in Western Europe, just compare the two nations’ bakeries. The French nibble on little tartes, precious concoctions that contain less fruit than a can of Hawaiian Punch. Americans gorge on deep-dish pies, mountainous desserts crammed with whole bushels of peaches, apples, or blueberries. Lisa Yockelson, author of Cobblers, Crisps, & Deep Dish Pies, discusses and serves America’s greatest desserts from 12:30-2 p.m. at Borders, 1200 S. Hayes St., Arlington. FREE. (703) 418-0166. (David Plotz)

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