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section/books. 10 Monday 6 P.M. ESPN/HBO ring announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones reads from and signs his new novel, It's More Than a Notion!, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140. He will also appear on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Potomac Bookstore, 12004 Cherry Hill Rd., Silver Spring, 301-572-0700.

6:30 P.M. Bernice McFadden reads from and signs her new novel, Loving Donovan, at Karibu Books-Forest Village Park Mall, 3393 Donnell Dr., Forestville, Md., 301-736-6170. She will also read on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. at Reprint Book Shop, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070 and again on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m. at Olsson's-Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.

7 P.M. Max Protetch discusses his Chelsea, NYC gallery exhibit and the companion foliograph, Visions of the New World Trade Center, in a slide-illustrated talk at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-639-1700 for details.

7 P.M. Aminatta Forna discusses and signs The Devil That Danced On the Water: A Daughter's Quest at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Nevada Barr reads from and signs her new Anna Pigeon mystery, Flashback, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404. A reception follows.

7:30 P.M. Richard Patton reads from two books in his Neophyte Warrior historical fiction series, His Majesty's Envoy and The Reluctant Commander, at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., 703-228-5996.

11 Tuesday Noon. The Books and Beyond series at the Library of Congress presents music specialist Mark Eden Horowitz discussing Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions in the James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

1 P.M. CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer discusses and signs his new memoir, This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Adam Braver reads from and signs Mr. Lincoln's War: A Novel in 13 Stories at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. The Washington Assoc. of Black Journalists is hosting a "journalistic salon" with The Washington Post's photo editor Michel E. DuCille and reporters Martha McNeil Hamilton and Warren Brown, syndicated columnist Deborah Mathis and ESPN columnist Ralph Wiley at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433.

7 P.M. Danyel Smith reads from and signs her first novel, More Like Wrestling, at Olsson's-Metro Center, 202-347-3686.

7:30 P.M. Linda Fairstein reads from and signs her new Alexandra Cooper mystery, The Bone Vault, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, 703-998-0404. She will also read on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

12 Wednesday Noon. Bill Emmott, editor-in-chief of the Economist magazine, discusses his new book, 20:21 Vision: Twentieth-Century Lessons For the Twenty-First Century, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A luncheon follows; call 202-789-5229 or e-mail to RSVP.

Noon. R.D. Zimmerman, author of Innuendo (part of the Todd Mills mystery series), reads from and discusses his writing, including his new novel, The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar, written under the pseudonym Robert Alexander, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Mumford Rm., 202-707-1956. He will also read from and discuss the novel that evening at 7 p.m. at Olsson's-Metro Center, 202-347-3686.

Noon. A host of authors, historians and archivists, including Michael Barone, Robert Dallek, Louis Fisher, David Rubel and Allen Weinstein, are taking part in a day-long symposium, "Through the Perilous Night: War Crises and the American Presidency," at the U.S. Navy Memorial Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. This event is sponsored by the National Archives; call 202-208-7345 or e-mail to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. The Writers' Corner series at the TransAfrica Forum is hosting a reading with Helon Habila, author of Waiting For an Angel, at 1426 21st St. NW. Call 202-223-1960 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Jessica Shattuck reads from and signs her first novel, The Hazards of Good Breeding, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW, 202-347-5495.

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Noon. bell hooks reads from and discusses her new book, Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem, at Sisterspace and Books, 202-332-3433. She will also read that afternoon at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 301-559-1140.

16 Sunday 4 P.M. William Ecenbarger discusses and signs Walkin' the Line: A Journey From the Past to the Present Along the Mason-Dixon at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

Special Events The Washington Metropolitan Area has an ever-present need for tutors to help adults learn the basics of reading and writing. If you would like to help, the following organizations are always in need of assistance: The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, 301-942-9292/; The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, 703-575-7900/; The Metropolitan/Delta Adult Literacy Council, 202-234-2665; The Washington Literacy Council, 202-387-9029/ All sponsor literacy-training workshops for prospective tutors throughout the year; call for details.