11 A.M. Children's book author and illustrator Rebecca Harrison Reed reads from and discusses The Train to Maine, a new picture book illustrated by Reed and written by Jamie Spencer, at Olsson's Books-Old Town, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703-684-0077. She will also read on Friday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-506-2937.
7 P.M. Ethan Canin reads from and signs his new novel, America America, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
6 P.M. Journalist Mahvish Rukhsana Khan discusses and signs My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
6:30 P.M. Sichan Siv, a former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses and signs his new memoir, Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America, at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
6:30 P.M. Professor P.M. Forni, who teaches civility and Italian literature at Johns Hopkins University, discusses and signs The Civility Solution:What To Do When People Are Rude at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.
6:30 P.M. Professor Alvin S. Felzenberg discusses and signs The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game at the National Press Club, McClendon Room, 529 14th St. NW. Call 202-662-7129 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to RSVP.
7 P.M. Artist Thorina Rose discusses and signs her new illustrated memoir, The Heartbreak Diet: A Story of Family, Fidelity, and Starting Over, at Olsson's Books-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.
7 P.M. Thurston Clarke discusses and signs The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Poets Nicole Cooley, author of Resurrection and the forthcoming Breach, and Ellen Rachlin, author of Until Crazy Catches Me and the forthcoming chapbook Captive to Residue, read from their work as part of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series held at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Road overpass in Rock Creek Park, 703-820-8113. An open reading (sign up at 7 p.m.) will conclude the program.
7:30 P.M. Fred Burton, former deputy chief of the Diplomatic Security Service (Department of State), discusses and signs Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.
7:30 P.M. Brad Thor reads from and signs his new Scot Harvath thriller, The Last Patriot, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.
4 P.M. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is sponsoring a lecture, "The Moral Conscience of the World: The United Nations and Palestine in 1947," by William Roger Louis, a professor of English history and culture at the University of Texas at Austin and author of The British Empire in the Middle East, 1945-1951: Arab Nationalism, the United States, and Postwar Imperialism and, most recently, Ends of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez, and Decolonization, at the library's Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-2692.