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Beloved by locals for intimate readings by big-name authors, Collected Works is a downtown institution. The last writer I heard speak here was Valerie Plame, the outed CIA agent who whose new spy novel “Blowback,” had just arrived on the shelves. The house was packed and Plame, who dished as much about her life in the CIA as she did about her writing process, was riveting.

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Beloved by locals for intimate readings by big-name authors, Collected Works is a downtown institution. The last writer I heard speak here was Valerie Plame, the outed CIA agent who whose new spy novel “Blowback,” had just arrived on the shelves. The house was packed and Plame, who dished as much about her life in the CIA as she did about her writing process, was riveting.