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The Small Press Book Fair is the local lit scene’s Indie-Rock Flea Market—a subcultural gathering of fiercely independent innovators representing a groundswell of underground expression. Like their music-scene counterparts, local writers and publishers have embraced the D.I.Y. ethic and taken control of the means of production; as the major publishing houses shy away from all things literary to push commercial drivel to the superstore set, the indie presses have stepped up with vibrant and experimental artist-driven work. More than 40 regional literary lights—including hometown heroes Gargoyle and Argonne Hotel Press—will be on hand at the fair to talk the talk and hawk their wares. The fair also includes readings by National Book Award winner Alice McDermott, Harriet Zinnes, and Jacqueline Feldman. And bring a few dimes: Used books will be sold for 10 cents a pound. From 1 to 5 p.m. at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Free. (301) 654-8664. (Colin Bane)