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.

5 Wednesday

6 P.M. Maryland author George Pelecanos reads from and signs Shame the Devil at MysteryBooks, 1715 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-

483-1600. He will also be reading on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

6 Thursday

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winner James MacGregor Burns and Gloria Sorenson discuss and sign Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

8 Saturday

2 P.M. Kitty Williams and Robin Lind discuss Essential Net Novice Websites, and demonstrate some of their techniques, at Barnes & Noble--Seven Corners, 6260 Seven Corners Center, 703-536-0774. They will also be appearing at 5 p.m. at Barnes & Noble--Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., 703-278-0300

9 Sunday

6 P.M. Poets Hiram Larew and Irene Rouse kick-off the Iota

Poetry Series Winter schedule with readings from their work at

the Iota Bar & Restaurant, 2832 Wilson Blvd., 703-522-8340. An

open reading follows.

Special Events

The first of three scheduled events in the Smorgasbord: Writing About Food series takes place Monday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. This event, co-sponsored by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, pairs Arlington writers and D.C. chefs to collaborate on creating a new work, which may range from cooking demonstrations to performance art. This first grouping has Georgetown professor George O'Brien paired with Susan Lindeborg, chef for the Morrison-Clark Inn, and poet M.A. Schaffner teamed with Peter Pastan, owner and chef at Obelisk in Dupont Circle. The public is invited to attend and sample the results.

RSVP at 703-228-7710, as reservations are required.

The Potomac Review is launching its fifth annual poetry and fiction contest. The deadline is March 31, 2000. For details, pickup the winter issue, call 301-934-1412, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Potomac Review, P.O. Box 11437, Washington, D.C. 20008.

How to submit your Literary Calendar Event to Book World

All submissions for the Literary Calendar must be received no later than 28 days in advance. Priority will be given to literary events that are free of charge and open to the public.

They should be sent to: Literary Calendar/ Book World, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Our fax number, 202-334-5059; our e-mail address,