It must be horrible for Korean-American young-adult writer Marie G. Lee, knowing that however many Newbery Medals she might win she’ll never be the most famous person to come out of Hibbing, Minn. Still, Lee is carving out a sufficiently distinct niche for herself through novels like her new one, Necessary Roughness, about a Korean-American teenager whose family moves from L.A. to a small town in—surprise—Minnesota, that she can at least be sure no one will ever stigmatize her as the next Bob Dylan. Lee will be reading, signing, etc., at 6:30 p.m. at the Korean Information Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 293-2174. (James Lochart)