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section/books. 16 Monday 2 P.M. Political commentator Chris Matthews signs copies of his new book, American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions, at Olsson's-Rosslyn, 1735 N. Lynn St., 703-812-2103.

6 P.M. Rosemary E. Reed Miller discusses and signs The Threads of Time, the Fabric of History: Profiles of African-American Dressmakers & Designers, 1850 to the Present at Toast & Strawberries boutique, 1608 20th St. NW, 202-234-1212.

17 Tuesday 12:30 P.M. Christopher Buckley signs copies of his comic novel No Way to Treat a First Lady, at Olsson's-Rosslyn, 703-812-2103.

7 P.M. Syndicated columnist Judith Martin discusses Star-Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (for a Change) at the National Archives, Rm. 105, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-208-7345.

18 Wednesday 7 P.M. Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, and Scott Simon, author of Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, discuss and sign their work at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-779-9300. This event is rescheduled from Dec. 5. Scott Simon will also be discussing his new book on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-656-2797.

7 P.M. Students from D.C.'s Charles Hart Middle School read from their poetry to celebrate the publication of the new issue of the literary magazine Artsworks, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

21 Saturday 1 P.M. C.R. Gibbs discusses and signs Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433. He will also be speaking later the same day at 4 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

Literacy Tutor Workshops The Washington Literacy Council, dedicated to teaching adults to read, has announced its new schedule of tutor training workshops for Winter 2003. Each workshop consists of two or three consecutive, once-a-week-sessions (volunteers need to attend the whole series). The schedule is: Wednesdays, January 8, 15, & 22, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, February 1 & 8, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, March 12, 19 & 26, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For details or to register, call 202-347-9029, e-mail or visit

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is holding an orientation session for prospective volunteers interested in teaching adults to read, write and speak English on Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail for details.