Literary Calendar: October 9-15, 2006

Sunday, October 8, 2006

The following events this week are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. This is not a complete listing. For additional events, see Bookshop on our pages or log on to type in "book events."

9 Monday

2 P.M. Children's author L.M. Elliott reads from and signs her new historical novel for young readers, Give Me Liberty , at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420. She will also read on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Charles Frazier , author of the National Book Award-winning Cold Mountain , discusses his new novel, Thirteen Moons , in conversation with writer and professor Alan Cheuse at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. Journalist and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs discusses and signs War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back at Olsson's Books-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

10 Tuesday

Noon. The 2006 "Poetry at Noon" series opens its fall season with readings by Michael Davis, Larry Johnson, Kay Lindsay and John O'Dell on the subject of "ancient history" at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-1308.

7 P.M. Hampton Sides , editor-at-large for Outside magazine, discusses and signs Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West at Olsson's Books-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn discuss and sign Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

11 Wednesday

5 P.M. Isaiah Wilner discusses and signs his new biography of Britton Hadden, The Man Time Forgot: A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine , at American University, Campus Store (Butler Pavilion, 3rd floor), 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-6320. He will also speak on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books-Tyson's Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703-556-7766.

7 P.M. Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali reads from and signs So What: New and Selected Poems 1973-2005 , his first bilingual (English-Arabic) collection of verse, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553. He will be joined by Peter Cole, one of the book's translators.

7 P.M. ABC News political director Mark Halperin and Washington Post reporter John F. Harris discuss and sign The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Professor and writer David Greenberg discusses Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles & Scrawls from the Oval Office , an illustrated history compiled by the quarterly journal Cabinet, at Olsson's Books-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Jane Hamilton reads from and signs her new novel, When Madeline Was Young , at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

12 Thursday

Noon. Michael Shermer , the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a columnist for Scientific American, discusses and signs Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail to RSVP. He will also read that evening at 7:30 p.m. in a presentation sponsored by the National Capital Area Skeptics at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna, Va. Call 301-587-3827 or e-mail for details.

6 P.M. Award-winning architect Travis Price presents a lecture drawn from his new book, The Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture & the Spirit of Place (detailing his green design ethos), at Contemporaria, 3303 Cady's Alley NW, 202-338-0193. A wine and antipasto reception precedes the presentation at 6:30 p.m.; a book signing follows. E-mail to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Christopher M. O'Brien , director of the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream and publisher of, discusses and signs Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811. This event will feature an organic beer tasting.

7 P.M. Former secretary of defense and White House chief of staff James A. Baker III discusses and signs "Work Hard, Study ... and Keep Out of Politics!": Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston, Va., 703-437-8147. He will also speak on Friday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7:30 P.M. Don Beyer Volvo, located at 1231 West Broad St. in Falls Church, Va., launches its 2nd annual "Read and Ride" author series with a reading and signing by David L. Robbins from his new WWII thriller, The Assassins Gallery . For details and to RSVP, contact Sandy at 703-768-2932 or e-mail .

13 Friday

8 P.M. Robert Stone , author of the novels Dog Soldier and A Flag for Sunrise , presents the annual Mary Lee Settle Memorial Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Admission to this PEN/Faulkner event is $15; call 202-544-7077 or visit to RSVP.

14 Saturday

3 P.M. Trial lawyer Natasha Roit reads from and signs her new legal thriller, The Oregon Project , at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria, Va., 703-299-9124.

3 P.M. Rajiv Chandrasekaran , an assistant managing editor at The Washington Post and a former Baghdad bureau chief, discusses and signs Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zon e at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

4 P.M. Poets featured in the new anthology "Echoes: Voices from Prince George's County Poets" will read from their work at the University of Maryland, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, P.G. County Room, College Park, Md., 301-405-2787. This final reading celebrating the book's publication will feature Maryland's poet laureate, Michael Glaser.

15 Sunday

6 P.M. Michael Cox reads from and signs his new Victorian thriller, The Meaning of Night: A Confession , at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

The first annual Silver Spring Library Bookfest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library's location, 8901 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring, Md., featuring local authors, kids' storytelling and a used book sale. Call 240-773-9420 for details.

The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold its annual fall book sale Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 & 15, from noon to 4 p.m. each day at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-3072.

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