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section/books. 13 Monday 7:30 P.M. Poets Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Linda Gregerson and Katia Kapovich read from their work at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $10; call 202-544-7077.

7:30 P.M. Antwone Fisher, author of the memoir Finding Fish, reads from and discusses his new collection of poetry, Who Will Cry For the Little Boy?, at Teaism: A Tea House, 400 Eighth St. NW, 202-638-6010 in an event sponsored by Vertigo Books (301-779-9300).

14 Tuesday 2 P.M. Valerie Boyd discusses and signs Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston at the Howard Univ. bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2660. She will also be speaking that evening at 7 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-779-9300.

7 P.M. William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins discuss and sign Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Journalist Pete Hamill reads from and signs his new novel, Forever, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

8 P.M. The Montgomery County Historical Society is hosting a reading and signing with John Thompson, author of Horses, Hostages and Apple Cider: J.E.B. Stuart's 1862 Pennsylvania Raid, at the Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, Md. Admission is $6; call 301-762-1492.

15 Wednesday 7 P.M. Richard Price reads from and signs his new novel, Samaritan, at Olsson's-Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.

7:30 P.M. Veteran journalist John F. Stacks discusses and signs his new biography, Scotty: James B. Reston and the Rise and Fall of American Journalism, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

7:30 P.M. Allan Topol reads from and signs his new espionage thriller, Dark Ambition, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761. He will also read on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 12:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-4170.

7:30 P.M. U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton discusses and signs her new memoir, Fire In My Soul (as told to Joan Steinau Lester), at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, 703-998-0404. She will also speak on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

16 Thursday 7 P.M. Esquire magazine's TV critic Tom Carson reads from and signs his new novel, Gilligan's Wake, at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-3507.

7 P.M. Scott Carpenter discusses and signs his new memoir, For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut (written with daughter Kris Stoever), at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due discuss and sign Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight For Civil Rights at Vertigo Books, 301-779-9300. They will also be speaking on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433.

7:30 P.M. Novelist and poet Julianna Baggott and poet Michael Gushue read from their work as part of the Cafe{acute} Muse series, which recently moved to a new home at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading concludes the program.

7:30 P.M. Michael Cunningham discusses and signs his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, and the movie adaptation, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.

17 Friday 12:30 P.M. Nikki Giovanni reads from and discusses Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not-Quite Poems at Olsson's-Metro Center, 202-347-3686. She will also be reading that evening at 7 p.m. at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999, and twice on Saturday, Jan. 18: at 1 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 301-779-9300, and then again at 4 p.m. at the Univ. of the District of Columbia, Main Auditorium (Bldg. 46E), 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is $10. This event is sponsored by Sisterspace and Books; call 202-332-3433 for details.

19 Sunday 3:30 P.M. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington's Cafe{acute} Kasrilevke, which presents monthly programs in Yiddish and English, is honoring writer Herman Taube on the occassion of the publication of his 20th book, Looking Back, Going Forward: New and Selected Poems, and his 85th birthday with readings (in Yiddish & English) of Taube's work by publisher Merrill Leffler and the performance group Di Shpilers, and music from David Shneyer. Admission is $8 for the general public. The JCC of Greater Washington is located at 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Md., 301-881-0100.

Special Events The Mystery Writers of America's Mid-Atlantic Chapter is holding its Kickoff Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Army and Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW. Bill Howell, current chief spokesman for the CIA, will be a guest speaker. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the meeting at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $35; call Sandi Wilson at 202-363-5479 to RSVP.

The Washington Literacy Council will hold tutor training workshops for volunteers, each consisting of two or three consecutive, once-a-week sessions. For details or to register, call 202-387-9029, e-mail or visit