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In bell hooks’ 16th book, Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work, she reads the capitalist racist sexist elitist patriarchy that doesn’t take black women writers, women writers, or anyone of color seriously (e.g., major publishing companies), then reads the jealous people who complain she “writes too much.” In light of centuries of female silence, she says, “no woman writer can write ‘too much.’” hooks’ latest work explores the multifaceted subject of writing and the writer’s life, including her influences (Dickinson and Rilke, for starters); her reasons for writing; her creative process; her work’s effect on her family; and critiques of feminist, confessional, and political writing. Even as she laments the short life spans of so many black female writers, her essays on Ann Petry, Lorraine Hansberry, and Toni Cade Bambara seek to pull them back from posthumous obscurity. hooks reads from and signs copies of her book at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 429-9272. (Dawn L. Hannaham)