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Alison Leslie Gold -- Montgomery College's "Books and Ideas" series continues with the author of Anne Frank Remembered. Gold's work about the Holocaust has been translated into 19 languages and adapted to theater and film. The series celebrates the work and creativity of writers, poets, biographers and novelists. / 11 a.m. / Takoma Park-Silver Spring Campus, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Room 101 / 930 King St., Silver Spring / Free.

Wednesday, April 16

Gayle Westmoreland -- The author of Hands: Stop Shaking Them! will give a talk providing an analysis of the health hazards of this age-old gesture and offering alternatives. She will also talk about the history of the handshake, detail the concerns and risks, and describe salutations used in other cultures. Westmoreland holds degrees in education from Morgan State University and the Johns Hopkins University. / 6:30 p.m. / Enoch Pratt Free Library, Poe Room, central library, 400 Cathedral St. / 410-396-5494 / Free.

Saturday, April 19

The 510 Readings Series -- Novelists Michael Kimball, author of The Way the Family Got Away; Maud Casey, author of The Shape of Things to Come; and Michael Downs, author of House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, will read from their works as part of this fiction reading series. / 5 p.m. / Minas, 815 W. 36th St. / 410-732-4258 / Free.

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