Anne Fleming's stories are sharp, funny and surprising, and given that she makes us wait for every collection, it's great to hear that another has arrived. Her first book, Pool-Hopping And Other Stories, published in 1999, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. She launches her third, the intriguingly titled Gay Dwarves Of America ($21, Pedlar), at the Brockton Reading Series Wednesday (May 2). Alec Butler, Donna Kirk and Doyali Farah Islam also read in a series that is consistently strong. See listing.