March 5-11, 2007
6:30 P.M. Professor Joel Westheimer discusses and signs the new anthology Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America's Schools at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Zachary Karabell discusses and signs Peace Be upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Poet E. Louise Beach and novelist Frank S. Joseph read from their work as part of the "Café Muse" series held at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. A poetry open reading (sign-up at 7 p.m.) concludes the program. Call 301-656-2797 or visit http:/
6 P.M. First-time novelist Mary E. Neighbour reads from and signs Speak Right On: Dred Scott (a novel fictionalizing the life of the anti-slavery activist) as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision.
7 P.M. Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America and the short story collection My Life in Heavy Metal, joins columnist Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, for a reading at Busboys and Poets. Admission to this event, part of the "nextbook" series, is $8; call 888-219-5222 or visit http:/
7 P.M. Roland Mesnier, the White House pastry chef who retired in 2004, discusses and signs his new memoir, All the Presidents' Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House, at Olsson's Books-Crystal City, 2200 Crystal Dr., Arlington, Va., 703-413-8121. He will also speak on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
7 P.M. National Book Award-winning writer William T. Vollmann discusses and signs his new social history, Poor People, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Washington Post writer Laura Sessions Stepp discusses and signs Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both at Borders Books-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703-556-7766.
7:30 P.M. Kim Stanley Robinson reads from and signs his new eco-thriller, Sixty Days and Counting, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.
12:30 P.M. The spring season of the "Books and Ideas" series, sponsored by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, opens with Larry Moffi, author of Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959 (written with Jonathan Kronstadt) and A Citizen's Handbook: Poems, reading from his poetry in the Black Box Theatre on the college's Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, corner of Chicago and Philadelphia Aves., Takoma Park, Md. Call 301-251-7417 for details.
4:30 P.M. Clare A. Lyons discusses and signs Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 as part of the series "Speaking of Books ... Conversations with Campus Authors" at the University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Room 6137, College Park, Md. Call 301-314-8521 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
6:30 P.M. Local professor Gayle F. Wald discusses and signs Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.