10 A.M. Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day, and to mark the occasion, children's author Sharon M. Draper reads from and discusses her young adult novel Copper Sun (a tale of the slave trade) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. To RSVP, contact the International Reading Association at 202-624-8800 or e-mail IRAwash@reading.org.
7 P.M. Journalist Ron Suskind discusses and signs The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Louis Bayard reads from and signs his new historical mystery, The Black Tower, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404. He will also read on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at Olsson's Books-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.
6 P.M. George Pelecanos, author of the new urban noir novel The Turnaround, hosts a discussion with R oach Brown, Marita Golden and James Grady, contributors to the new anthology D.C. Noir 2: The Classics (Pelecanos is the editor), at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
6:30 P.M. Helene Cooper, a diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times, discusses and signs The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Jim Sciutto, a foreign correspondent for ABC News, discusses and signs his new book, Against Us: The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Christopher Buckley reads from and signs his new political farce, Supreme Courtship, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404. He will also read on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP at 202-662-7129 or e-mail email@example.com.
Noon. The National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) opens its fall reading series with a discussion by Michael I. Meyerson of his new book, Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote The Federalist, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World. A book signing follows; call 202-357-5000 for details.
5 P.M. The inaugural Library of Congress Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Writing of Fiction will be conferred upon bestselling author Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of War and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Caine Mutiny, at the library's Thomas Jefferson Bldg., 10 First St. SE. Special guests William Safire, Martha Raddatz and Jimmy Buffet are among those who will read from Wouk's work, while Wouk himself will read from his unpublished literary diaries. Call 202-707-5221 for details.
6:30 P.M. Jennet Conant discusses and signs The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.
6:30 P.M. Local author and Georgetown professor Peter Manseau reads from his first novel, Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, at the Georgetown University Alumni House, 3604 O St. NW. Call Neris Fleming at 202-687-0984 to RSVP.
7 P.M. Curtis Sittenfeld reads from and signs her new novel, American Wife, at Politics and Prose Bookstore 202-364-1919.
3 P.M. Rebecca M. Hale reads from and signs her new mystery, How to Wash a Cat, at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237.
6 P.M. The Iota Poetry Series celebrates its 14th anniversary with a slate of readers from the past season sharing their work at the Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-256-9275.
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