Authors will read from their own work

Writer Debra Spark, editor of the "Brat Pack" fiction anthology "Twenty Under Thirty," will read from her novel "Coconuts for the Saint" at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Meyerhoff Arts Center of Goucher College in Towson.

Ms. Spark has received several writing awards, including the Modern Language Association's Morton N. Cohen Award for Nonfiction, as well as fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her reading, free to the public, is sponsored by Goucher's English Department and the college's Isabelle Kellogg Thomas Lectureship in English.


For more information, call (410) 337-6116.

Rare prints


The Washington International Print Fair, a two-day benefit with more than 15,000 rare prints, drawings, watercolors and maps, will run Saturday and April 2 in the Rosslyn Westpark Hotel, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive in Arlington, Va.

Dealers will exhibit a variety of works including 19th- and 20th-century American and European prints, 16th- and 17th-century Dutch prints, contemporary and antique Japanese prints, antique maps of America and Audubon and antique natural-history prints. Four educational art workshops are also scheduled.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2. Admission is $5 per person each day. The proceeds will benefit Holy Trinity School in Georgetown.

For more information, call (202) 638-6008.


* The Children's Chorus of Maryland, a music education and performance organization for musically gifted children, will hold beginner auditions in May for children aged 6 to 8. To schedule an audition and to receive further information, call (410) 377-8657 and leave your name, address and phone number.

* Actors of all ages can audition for the summer season of the Bowman Ensemble from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 2 and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 4 at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills. The productions are "Woyzeck," "Teen Blue" and "The Zalmar Boys." For details, call (410) 889-0406.

* Auditions for the Spotlighters Theatre's productions of


"Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" and "Sleeping Beauty" are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. April 3 at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The production calls for three women and six men. Those auditioning should prepare a short comedy monologue. Call (410) 366-0396.

* Auditions for the summer season productions by Phoenix Festival Theater are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and April 2 in the Chesapeake Center of Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The productions are "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Peter Pan." Those auditioning for musicals should bring sheet music in the correct key for their audition song and be prepared to dance. Auditioners for "The Glass Menagerie" should prepare a three-minute dramatic monologue. A special audition for those under the age of 16 auditioning for "Peter Pan" will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For details, call (410) 836-4369.

* Auditions for Merrick Dinner Theatre's production of "Murder on the Rerun" are scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. April 4 at the theater, 2132 Turkey Point Road. The summer production calls for two men and three women over the age of 30 and one woman under the age of 30. Call (410) 687-8265.

Book sale

The Smith College Club's 37th annual used-book sale will run from Friday to April 2 at the Towson Armory, Washington and Chesapeake avenues in Towson. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. April 2 (books are half-price) and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 2 ($2 buys all the books you can carry.) Admission is $5 per person on Friday morning and free after that. For details, call (410) 821-6241.

Auction for Choral Arts


"A little BID of night musik," an auction benefiting the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 8 at Towson State University. The guest host is WJZ-TV's Sally Thorner. A silent auction will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a live auction will begin at 8 p.m. The event, which is $10 per person, will be held in the Potomac Lounge of the university's student union. For details, call (410) 523-7070.

David Bergman at Irina's

Poet David Bergman, author of "Cracking the Code" and "Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Self-Representation in American Literature," will read from his work at 8:30 p.m. April 4 at Irina's Cafe, 32nd and Barclay streets.

A professor at Towson State University, Mr. Bergman writes regularly about cultural and gender issues, particularly gay issues in the arts. For details, call (410) 467-5336.

Gloria Naylor at HCC

Writer Gloria Naylor, author of "The Women of Brewster Place," ++ will speak about her work and give a reading at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Howard Community College, 10901 Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.


Presented by the Maryland Humanities Council, the Howard County Library and HoCoPoLitSo, the free event is scheduled in the Smith Theatre on campus. For details, call (410) 625-4830.

Marilyn French at Goucher

Writer Marilyn French, author of "The Women's Room," "The Bleeding Heart" and "Her Mother's Daughter," will read from her work at 8 p.m. April 4 in Merrick Hall at Goucher College in Towson.

Prior to Ms. French's reading, the winners of the Goucher and high school student writing competition will read from their poetry and fiction. This year's local winners are Patti Bannatt of Annapolis and Julia SooYoung Kim of Towson.

The free evening is sponsored by the college's departments of English and Women's Studies. For details, call (410) 337-6333.