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section/books. 20 Monday Noon. C.R. Gibbs discusses and signs his new book, Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment, at the African-American Civil War Museum, 1200 U St. NW, 202-667-2667. He will also be speaking on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. at Dar Es Salaam Books, 4000 34th St., Hyattsville, Md., 301-209-0010.

3 P.M. Montgomery County is holding its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College, Globe Hall Auditorium, 20200 Observation Dr. Dr. Harold A. Carter, pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., will be the keynote speaker.

7:30 P.M. Poets Davi Walders and John William Smith join the Rev. Dr. Ruby Moone in presenting a series of readings as part of the 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute being held at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

21 Tuesday 1 P.M. Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, discusses and signs her new book, Behind Every Choice There is a Story (written with Carol Trickett Jennings), at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

4 P.M. U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton discusses and signs her new memoir, Fire In My Soul (as told to Joan Steinau Lester), at the Georgetown Univ. bookstore, Leavey Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW, 202-687-7482. She will also be appearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. at the George Washington Univ. bookstore, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, 202-994-6870; Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Howard Univ. bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640; and Friday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. at Reprint Book Shop, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070.

6 P.M. Journalist Stephen Talty discusses and signs Mulatto America: At the Crossroads of Black and White Culture at Teaism: A Tea House, 400 Eighth St. NW, 202-638-6010. This event is sponsored by Vertigo Books; call 301-779-9300 for details.

7 P.M. Judith Viorst discusses and signs Grown-Up Marriage at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Joel C. Rosenberg reads from and signs his new political thriller, The Last Jihad, at Barnes & Noble-Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., 703-278-0300.

7:30 P.M. Susan McDougal discusses and signs her new memoir, The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons & What I Learned in Jail (written with Pat Harris), at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

22 Wednesday Noon. Rosemary E. Reed Miller discusses and signs The Threads of Time, the Fabric of History: Profiles of African-American Dressmakers and Designers, 1850 to the Present at Reprint Book Shop, 202-554-5070. She will also be speaking, and presenting a fashion show, on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

4 P.M. Carl Weber reads from and signs his new novel, Baby Momma Drama, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Warren Zimmermann discusses and signs First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block reads from and signs his new thriller, Small Town, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404. A reception follows.

23 Thursday 6 P.M. Daisuke Takahashi discusses and signs In Search of Robinson Crusoe at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-4170.

6:30 P.M. Veronica Chambers discusses and signs Having It All: Black Women and the Question of Success at the Sumner School, 17th & M Sts. NW. This event is sponsored by Vertigo Books; call 301-779-9300 for details.

7 P.M. Poets Kenneth Carroll and Lyn Lifshin are the featured readers from the new anthology, An Eye For an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind: Poets on 9/11, at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

7:30 P.M. Fantasy author Robert Jordan reads from and signs the 10th installment in his Wheel of Time saga, Crossroads of Twilight, at Borders-Bailey;s Crossroads, 703-998-0404. A reception follows.

24 Friday 7 P.M. Epidemiologist Devra Davis discusses and signs When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. The Hurston/Wright Foundation and PEN/Faulkner team up to present readings by young novelists David Anthony Durham and Tayari Jones, authors of Walk Through Darkness and Leaving Atlanta, respectively, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $15; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

Special Events The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series is once again looking for poets to participate in its annual summer event, held in June and July in Rock Creek Park. For consideration, send six poems, brief literary bio, name, address, phone number and self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Jacklyn Potter, Miller's Cabin, 1411 Kennedy St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20011. Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2003.

The Word Works is accepting submissions for the 23rd Annual Washington Prize, awarded to a living American poet for a book-length manuscript of original poetry, thropughout the month of February. For complete submission guidelines, visit or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Word Works WP, Box 42164, Washington, D.C. 20015.