6:30 P.M. Ambassador James F. Dobbins, a former special envoy and assistant secretary of state for Europe, discusses his new book, After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan, in an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., at 1800 K St. NW, B1 conference room. A reception and book signing will follow. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for council members. Call 202-293-1051 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
7 P.M. Journalist Bob Schieffer, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and the host of "Face the Nation," discusses and signs his new memoir, Bob Schieffer's America, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. He will also speak on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 pm. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.
7 P.M. Linn Ullmann reads from and signs her new novel, The Blessed Child, at Olsson's Books-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.
7 P.M. Dave Zirin, author of the weekly on-line column "The Edge of Sports," discusses and signs his new book, A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play, at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545. A book signing will follow at 8:30 p.m. across the street at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington), 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756. He will also speak on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
10:30 A.M. Irish children's author Michael Scott, a folklore and mythology expert, reads from The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, the second book in his fantasy series, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. He will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to RSVP.
6 P.M. Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey discuss the new anthology State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (fresh takes on each of the 50 states and D.C. inspired by the Federal Writers' Project's "American Guide" series of the 1930s and '40s) as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.
7 P.M. Francine Prose reads from and signs her new novel, Goldengrove, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. She will also read on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.
7 P.M. Thomas W. Young, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the West Virginia National Guard, discusses and signs The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 703-228-6545.
7 P.M. This month's POESIS series presents a reading by poets Kenneth Carroll and Holly Bass, with music by Shep Williams and friends, at Borders Books-Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.
10:30 A.M. Children's author and illustrator Graeme Base reads from and discusses his new picture book, Enigma: A Magical Mystery, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. He will also speak that evening at 7 p.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-548-4092.
1 P.M. The Library of Congress opens its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (this year's theme is "Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation") with a keynote address by Book World editor Marie Arana, author of the memoir American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood (in both Peru and the United States), in the James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 202-707-4298.
7:30 P.M. Kira Salak, a contributing editor to the magazine National Geographic Adventure, reads from and signs her new novel, The White Mary, as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series held at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission is $18 for nonmembers; call 202-857-7700 or visit http:/