13 TUESDAY

Now that black women know there are a million men ready to take responsibility for family and community, the rush is on to lay claim to them—especially those without gold bands on their left hands. To this end comes Mrs. Monique Jellerette de Jongh and Mrs. Cassandra Marshall Cato-Louis’s delightful book How to Marry a Black Man: The Real Deal. These sisters provide a foolproof map to the altar, replete with quizzes, meditations, and handy 25-point tip sheet. And once you get the “I do,” Dr. Ronn Elmore, author of How to Love a Black Man, offers his plan on how to keep the guy wrapped around your finger and drooling for life. The trio of authors share their loving ways just in time for Valentine’s Day. They appear in seminar at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. CP