Noted Author to Speak

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones will read from his novel, "The Known World," at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Blackistone Room of Anne Arundel Hall, on the St. Mary's College of Maryland campus.

Jones will take questions after the reading, which is free and open to the public. The author, the college's Nitze Senior Fellow, will make two other campus visits -- Feb. 20 through Feb. 22 and April 3 through April 5.

Jones was born in Washington and attended Cardozo Senior High School. "The Known World," his first novel, received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The book also won the National Book Critics Circle award in 2003 and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

The book tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of black slave master William Robbins in Manchester County, Va. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with discipline. But when he dies, his widow, Caldonia, is unable to keep order on the estate. As the story unfolds, Jones looks at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

Jones's collection of short stories, "Lost in the City," was published in 1992 and won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Jones was named a MacArthur fellow for 2004.

St. Mary's College inaugurated the Nitze Scholars Program in 1998 in honor of Paul H. Nitze, who died in 2004. Nitze served as an adviser to eight presidents and a secretary of the Navy, and he was trustee emeritus of the college.

Plays Touch on Holocaust

Maurice J. McDonough High School's Theatre Guild will present "A Night of Remembrance" beginning Thursday.

The production combines "And Then They Came For Me," by James Still, and "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," by Celeste Raspanti, two shows about the Holocaust. They are directed by Jana Heyl.

The program is not appropriate for elementary school students or younger children.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for Thespians with ID cards.

Diabetes Fair Offered

The Civista Women's Health Center in Waldorf will host a free diabetes fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Activities are open to men and women and will include blood-pressure screening, glucose testing and seated massage.

There will also be diabetes product information and presentations on foot care, smoking and complications and weight management for diabetic patients. Door prizes and light refreshments will be offered.

The center's Diabetes Management Team will be available to answer questions. The fair is sponsored by Civista, the pharmaceuticals company Novartis and Partnership for a Healthier Charles County. Call 1-888-332-4847 to register.