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Born on this day in 1874, Gertrude Stein grew up to become the envy of every modern salon-keeper and the scourge of every Ernest Hemingway acolyte. Were this supremely self-confident doyenne of arts and letters still with us, she might be promoting a Bloomsdayesque event in honor of her own achievements: round-the-clock readings of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, perhaps. Instead, it’s up to Karren L. Alenier, of D.C.’s Word Works publishing house, to celebrate the expatriate in “A Gertrude Stein Birthday Reading.” At 3 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. CP