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Maggie Smith stars in Keeping Mum. Opens Friday. (See Movies, this page.)
Maggie Smith stars in Keeping Mum. Opens Friday. (See Movies, this page.) (Thinkfilm)

FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL -- See Can't Miss, this page.

MELISSA FAY GREENE -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The journalist tells the story of Haregewoin Teferra, a woman who took in Ethiopian orphans with AIDS, in "There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children." Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Nigerian novelist, noted by critics for her prose and description, signs and discusses "Half of a Yellow Sun." Set during the 1960s bloody aftermath of the Igbo people's secession from Nigeria, the story explores how the civil war affects a 13-year-old servant boy and twin sisters. Karibu Books, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Free. 703-415-1118.

DANIEL GOLDEN -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist signs and discusses "The Price of Admission: America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges -- and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates." The Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief compares the academic records of entering students at Ivy League institutions to show how their admissions offices overlook qualified working- and middle-class students in favor of wealthier, plugged-in candidates. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL -- See Can't Miss, previous page.

NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL -- See Can't Miss, previous page.


Films open Friday and are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change. Check Friday's Weekend section for details and complete movie listings.

D.C. ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL -- Opens Thursday. Through Oct. 7. Check out full-length, short, animated and documentary films from independent filmmakers. Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Film. Various locations. For details, check . $5-$15. 202-330-5496.

AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE -- Filmmakers Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus follow the rise of the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian's political career. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

KEEPING MUM -- Kristin Scott Thomas plays a wife who has an affair with a golf instructor (Patrick Swayze). In the meantime, the couple's new housekeeper (Maggie Smith) has creative ways of keeping things in order. Also starring Rowan Atkinson, better known as Mr. Bean. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

THE GUARDIAN -- Wannabe serious actor Ashton Kutcher stars opposite Kevin Costner as a Coast Guard trainee in a film that's being touted as a waterlogged "An Officer and a Gentleman."

OPEN SEASON -- This year has been a big one for animated comedies filled with animals. Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher voice grizzly bear Boog and mule dear Elliot who try to stay out of harm's way during hunting season.

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