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Never one to be limited by a silly thing like linear time, author Maureen Howard, in A Lover’s Almanac, uses four months in the year 2000 to tell the intricate histories of two couples: one pair of separated thirtysomething New Yorkers and two old geezers who, after enduring 50 years apart, are presently getting it onliver spot to liver spot. The novel is billed a “thinking person’s love story.” Thinking person, indeed: Howard weaves first-, second-, and third-person narratives, letters, recipes, illustrations, excerpts from the Old Farmer’s Almanacheck, even Venn diagramsto tell her tale. Clearly, she relishes the seesaw of science and amore; the book includes brief bios on sci-geniuses Galileo and Newton, as well as techno-savvy prose that periodically instructs the reader to “scroll down.” Gather your compass, your slide rule, and your big chunky heart and see Howard read, but don’t be goin’ if you’re stupid, now. At 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. (Gina Vivinetto)