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The Insiders: You can’t drive a paperback, but you can meet the author of one at Gibson’s tonight

We’ve taken our share of tours in our lives – college tours, museum tours, three-hour tours – but we have to admit, we’ve never done what Julie Wu is doing right now: a paperback tour. We mean, where does one park a paperback? What kind of gas mileage does it get? And does it hurt to have all those pages flapping you in the face during windy travel?

Of course, it’s also possible she’s traveling the country to celebrate her debut novel, The Third Son, which might better explain her appearance at Gibson’s Bookstore tonight at 7. She’s making this stop on her paperback tour to share the story of Saburo, the least-favored son of a Taiwanese politician. Saburo flees through a peach forest during an air raid and bumps into Yoshiko, who hypnotizes Saburo with tales of her family’s loving nature. Saburo spends years trying to find Yoshiko again, and when he does, he discovers her with his oldest brother – and hated rival. We’d tell you more, but spoiling the book seems like an inconsiderate thing to do. Stop by to pick up a copy, or, if you can’t make it, call 224-0562 or email michael@gibsonsbookstore.com to have a copy put aside to be signed for you.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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