The characters in Tom Barbash’s new short story collection, Stay Up with Me, are tied together by their navigation of a new world, entered into either by poor choices or loss of some kind. How do we connect to each other? How do we connect to the world around us? These are the questions Barbash explores in his excursion into the heart of humanity. The Marin-based author of the New York Times bestseller 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal is introduced by Dave Eggers for a reading on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960 and Friday, Sept. 13 at Copperfield’s Petaluma. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.762.0563.