I admit to being a rabid book fancier, at least in principle. I haven't the luxury of time to read nearly as much as I'd like, but I like any chance to hear about books, particularly from their authors. St. John's College Caritas Society will provide just such an opportunity at 4 p.m. Sunday at its annual Book and Author Supper.
The speakers will be Lynn Nicholas, author of "The Rape of Europa," which chronicles the fate of artworks during World War II; Eric Smith, columnist and cartoonist for the Annapolis Capital and author of "Not By the Book: A Combat Intelligence Officer in Vietnam"; and John Maclay, a Baltimore-based writer and publisher of horror fiction.
The authors' presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session, a wine reception and a buffet supper. The authors' books will be available for sale and signing.
The Caritas Society was founded in 1969 to bring St. John's College and the city of Annapolis together in a variety of programs and to provide financial support to students in emergency situations. The Book and Author Supper is one of several such events. The cost is $20 per person. To reserve space, call Carolyn Holly at (410) 573-0460.
The 14th Annual Concert of Tastes, a benefit sponsored by the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony, will be held Nov. 6 at the Ramada Hotel.
Reservations are being taken now, at $35 per person. Call 647-4449.
The benefit includes specialties donated by 38 area restaurants and caterers, and a cash bar.
The Annapolis Symphony's 1994-1995 season opened with two concerts last weekend. Educational plans this year include a program for Annapolis and South County youngsters in which jazz singer Ethel Ennis will narrate Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," while Bob Brown Puppets act out the story. It is scheduled Oct. 20 at Maryland Hall.
During National Fire Prevention Week, all south county fire stations are offering free in-home fire safety inspection visits through Saturday.