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You’ve read their books, you’ve heard them babble on All Things Considered, you’ve seen them pontificate on Larry King Live, and you’ve wondered why “Book World” would permit its reviewer to call your favorite author’s latest work insipid and entirely unreadable. Well, at the National Press Club’s 16th Annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night, you’ll finally get a chance to press the flesh with some of Washington’s literati, buy more copies of their latest works, get a few autographs, and tell them in person of your undying devotion. Among the notables: Jim Lehrer, Herbert Block, Eugene McCarthy, Jack Nelson, and Washington Post media chronicler Howard Kurtz. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. FREE. (202) 662-7523. (Alan Green)