The lit buzz circulating around Brookline native RISHI REDDI reminds us of the hype that surrounded Jhumpa Lahiri back when The Interpreter of Maladies — a collection she began writing at Boston University’s Creative Writing program that went on to win the Pulitzer in 2000 — was published. Like Lahiri, Reddi uses her Indian background as a cultural setting. Most of the linked tales in Karma and Other Stories (click for an excerpt) are set in our own fine city, and generational gaps as well as a reconciliation with both Indian and American culture come into play. But Reddi, a Grub Street alumna and current board member, has her own elegant voice. She’ll read and sign at Borders Books and Music, 10-24 School St, Boston | 12:30 pm | free | 617.557.7188.