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section/books. 24 Monday

Noon. Peter Brimelow discusses The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education, along with Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A luncheon follows; call 202-789-5229 or e-mail to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Washington Post military reporter Dana Priest discusses and signs The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military in a book rap at the National Press Club. Call 202-662-7129 or e-mail to RSVP.

7 P.M. Chandler Burr discusses and signs The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Obsession, Perfume and the Last Mystery of the Senses at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The Folger Poetry series hosts award-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon reading from his work at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow this event, which launches the city-wide Irish Arts 2003 festival. Tickets are $10; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

25 Tuesday

6 P.M. Kenneth R. Janken reads from and discusses White: The Biography of Walter White, Mr. NAACP as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Rm., 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

26 Wednesday

6 P.M. Rise, Inc. and Sisterspace and Books host a benefit reading with Walter Mosley for his new book, What's Next: An African-American Initiative Towards World Peace, at the Masonic Temple, 1000 U St. NW. There is a $10 suggested donation, which benefits the outreach group, Rise, Inc. Call 202-332-3433 for details. He will also read on Saturday, March 1, at 5 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

7 P.M. T.C. Boyle reads from and signs his new novel, Drop City, at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Raymond A. Winbush discusses the new anthology, Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations, at Olsson's-Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-346-3686.

7:15 P.M. Jane Leavy reads from and discusses Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center, 8900 Little River Tnpk., Fairfax, Va. Admission for this event, sponsored by the Jewish Federation, is $18; call 703-425-0066 or e-mail sbarmak for details.

8 P.M. Beverly Lowry, author of Crossed Over: A Murder, a Memoir and six novels, reads from her work as part of the MFA Creative Writing Reading Series at American Univ., S.I.S. Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-2990.

27 Thursday 7 P.M. Robert Wilson reads from and signs his new literary thriller, The Blind Man of Seville, at Olsson's-Metro Center, 202-347-3686.

7:30 P.M. Allan Topol reads from and signs his new thriller, Dark Ambition, at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

28 Friday

3 P.M. Editors Hugh Heclo and Wilfred M. McClay, along with contributor E.J. Dionne, discuss the new anthology Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Bldg., 6th fl., 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-691-4147.

6:30 P.M. NPR correspondent Juan Williams discusses and signs This Far By Faith: Stories From the African-American Religious Experience (written with Quinton Dixie) at Trinity Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 7005 Piney Branch Rd. NW.

7 P.M. Senator James M. Jeffords discusses and signs An Independent Man: Adventures of a Public Servant at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. C.R. Gibbs discusses and signs Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 301-881-0237.

8 P.M. "The American Novel in the Global Century" is the theme of the readings presented by Francisco Goldman, Claire Messud and Manil Suri at the Folger Shakespeare Library in an event sponsored by PEN/Faulkner. Tickets are $15; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

1 Saturday

2 P.M. John Gilstrap signs his new thriller, Scott Free, at Books-A-Million, 2924 Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton, Va., 703-281-0820.

2 Sunday

1 P.M. Social critic bell hooks discusses and signs Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-779-9300. She will also speak at 3 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

Special Events March 2 to April 19 are the dates of the Kennedy Center's AmericArtes Festival, a celebration of the arts of Latin America, with a special emphasis this year on Mexico and the Andean region. As part of the festival's literary programs, Washington Post Book World editor Marie Arana will be presenting an homage to Gabriel Garci{acute}a Ma{acute}rquez -- a lively discussion of the remarkable works, life and legacy of Nobel Prize-winner (One Hundred Years of Solitude, The General in His Labyrinth), featuring poet and New Yorker correspondent Alastair Reid and Edith Grossman, the award-winning English translator of Love in the Time of Cholera as well as Garci{acute}a Ma{acute}rquez's forthcoming To Live to Tell It.

The Smithsonian Associates Program is sponsoring an all-day Word-Lover's Boot Camp on Saturday, March 1, facilitated by Erin McKean, senior editor of U.S. dictionaries for Oxford Univ. Press and editor of Verbatim: A Language Quarterly. The seminar begins at 10 a.m. and features workshops designed to help you recognize and utilize new words -- and even create some of your own. It takes place at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Admission is $120 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 or visit