7 P.M. Washington Post writer Barton Gellman discusses and signs Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
10:30 A.M. Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni reads from and discusses her two new children's books: The picture book Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship, illustrated by Bryan Collier, and Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. The Arts Club of Washington, located at 2017 "Eye" St. NW, launches its fall literary season with "Her Own Society: Brenda Wineapple on Emily Dickinson," a lecture and discussion with Brenda Wineapple drawn from her recent biography White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Wineapple is an award-winning author and MFA professor at Columbia University and the New School. A reception and book signing follow; call 202-331-7282 for details.
Noon. Charles Murray, author of Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality, discusses the book with Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John's College, and Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. RSVP at 202-789-5229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
12:30 P.M. Antonia Juhasz, an expert on international trade and finance, discusses and signs The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry -- and What We Must Do to Stop It, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-4170. She will join Michael Brune, executive director of the Rainforest Action Network and author of Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal, for a discussion of "Big Oil" on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-9029.
7 P.M. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten discusses and signs Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545.
7:30 P.M. Michael Gates Gill, son of noted New Yorker writer Brendan Gill, discusses and signs How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else, his memoir just published in paperback, at Borders Books-Tysons, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703-556-7766.
11 A.M. Children's author Laura Numeroff reads from and discusses If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, her new picture book illustrated by Felicia Bond, at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420.
7 P.M. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, discusses and signs Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
8:15 P.M. Essayist Sarah Vowell, a contributing editor for public radio's "This American Life," discusses and signs her new book exploring America's Puritan roots, The Wordy Shipmates, at the Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW in an event sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore. Two tickets come with purchase of the book at P&P; otherwise, tickets are $6 each. For details, call 202-364-1919.
10:30 A.M. Children's author Kate Feiffer reads from and discusses her new picture book, President Pennybaker (illus. by Diane Goode), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. She will also read on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to register.
4 P.M. Ivan Doig reads from and signs his new novel, The Eleventh Man, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.