7 P.M. Fiction writers Joe Meno , author of the new novel How the Hula Girl Sings, Marlon James , author of the new novel John Crow's Devil, and local musician Billups Allen , author of the horror novella Unfurnished, read from and discuss their work at Olsson's-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-785-1133.
6 P.M. Readtiki: a night celebrating "Get Real Wild" adult summer readers. DJ Larry McCoy will be on hand to play dance music. Enoch Pratt Free Library, Light Street branch, 1251 Light St. Baltimore, Md. 410-396-1096.
7:00 P.M. Free poetry reading. Barnes & Noble Books, Bowie Towne Center, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie, MD. 301-809-9077.
6 P.M. Alexandra Robbins discusses and signs Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.
7 P.M. Mel Belin, Judith McCombs and Rosemary Winslow read from their work as part of the monthly poetry series at Mayorga Coffee, 8201 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md. An open reading follows; call 301-907-3081 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
7:30 P.M. Northern Virginia Writers begins its new season of "First Friday" workshops with Richard McCann, co-director of American University's MFA in Creative Writing program, discussing "cross-training your writing" at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. Refreshments, with an opportunity to network with other writers, follow. Admission is $4 for Leesburg residents, $6 for the general public. For details, call 301-654-8664, e-mail email@example.com or visit The Writers Center .
7:30 P.M. Spotlite poetry features local artist Slick Vic Low this week, performing for his CD release and live DVD recording entitled The Art of Spitting. No alcohol, no profanity, no drugs. Notre' Maison, 18 W. 25th St., Baltimore, Md. 443-824-2435.