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Kevin Canty‘s stories are perfect for reading aloud. Even on paper, they reach out and pull you in, and each character seems to narrate his or her story in an unsettling, melancholy whisper. In his debut collection, A Stranger in This World, Canty draws us into a place where real trouble is neither external nor random, but internal and organic, grown from our own decisions and indecisions. Whether this is cause for hope or despair he leaves to the reader. Canty reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-3686. (AW)