The following events this week are free to the public unless otherwise noted. This is not a complete listing; each store or institution may have more events that are not listed here. For additional listings, see Book Shop.

13 Monday

6:30 P.M. Jonathan Galassi reads the poems of Eugenio Montale from his recently translated Collected Poems 1920-1954 at the Italian Cultural Institute, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-387-5161 x27 for more details, or x3 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Professor Paula Fredriksen discusses Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. This is the second part of a mini-series on the historical Jesus, exploring his role in both Judaism and Christianity.

7 P.M. Jamaica Kincaid reads from her recent My Garden (Book) at Olsson's--Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.

7 P.M. Maryland author John Snyder reads from The Golden Ring, a Christmas tale from his family's past, at Borders--Tysons Square, 8311 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

15 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Linda Bank Downs discusses Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals in a slide-illustrated lecture at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 Eye St. NW, 202-331-7282 x25.

7:30 P.M. Jeffrey Deaver reads from and signs The Devil's Teardrop at Borders--Baileys Crossroads, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, 703-998-0404.

16 Thursday

7 P.M. Richard Norton Smith discusses Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Washington's death, at the National Archives, Seventh St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 105, 202-208-7345.

8 P.M. Melissa Bell, Ann Marie Blum, Lane Jennings, Lori Powell, and Brad Strahan take part in the Washington Poets Workshop, celebrating Visions-International's 20th anniversary, at the Rock Creek Gallery, Tilden St. near Beach Dr. in Rock Creek Park, 202-244-2482.

17 Friday

7 P.M. Charles Veatch and Claudia Thompson-Deahl discuss and sign The Nature of Reston at Barnes & Noble--Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., 703-437-8147.

19 Sunday

11 A.M. Writers Willie Jolley, Anthony Lawrence, Blair Walker, and Sheri A. Wilson get together for a joint reading and brunch program at Zanzibar, 700 Water St. SW, presented by Drum and Spear Books, 202-722-4758. Attending the reading is free; those wishing to also have brunch should call the restaurant at 202-554-9100 for reservations.

Special Events

Word Works and the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division are presenting a master class poetry workshop, Every Word Counts, with poet Thomas Lux on Jan. 22-23, 2000. Deadline for applying is Dec. 17. For details, call 301-652-7638 or visit their web site at www.writer.org/

wordwork/wordwrk1.htm.

The Women's National Book Association, Washington chapter, is hosting a Literary Salon for the holidays on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local authors will be in attendance to discuss and sign their books, art work by local artists will be on display, all with plenty of food, drink, and live music. People are encouraged to bring along a children's book to donate to the Reading Connection, a literacy outreach program for homeless children, or join in a raffle, whose proceeds will also benefit the Reading Connection. It is being held at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County wants volunteers to help teach adults to read, write and speak English. They are having an orientation session Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, and again on Monday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Call 301-942-9292 for more details and to register, or e-mail literacy.lcmc@erols.com.