LITERARY CALENDAR APRIL 20-26, 2009
21 TUESDAY Noon. Poetry at Noon, the series presented by the Library of Congress's Office of Scholarly Programs and Poetry and Literature Center, presents Shakespeare's Birthday, readings by classical Shakespearean actors as well as members of the audience, all in celebration of the Bard's 445th birthday. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-5394.
6 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new thriller, First Family. This event will also support the Wish You Well Foundation's "Feeding Body & Mind" program, which distributes free books at foodbanks around the country; attendees are encouraged to bring along books to donate. Borders Books & Music, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Michelle Goldberg, an investigative journalist, discusses and signs The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
22 WEDNESDAY 6:45 P.M. Winifred Gallagher, author of the new book Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life (reviewed on page B7), is joined by Richard Restak, a neuroscientist at the George Washington University Medical Center and author, most recently, of Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance, for a joint discussion, "Creating the Focused Life." A book signing follows. This event, being held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, is part of the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program; call 202-633-1000 or visit http:/
7 P.M. Donna Leon reads from and signs About Face, her new Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
26 SUNDAY 2 P.M. Mario Livio, author of The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number, discusses his most recent book, Is God a Mathematician?, as part of the museum's "Discovering Art and Science Lecture Series." This event is also the inaugural Rita Jordy & Malcolm Weisenfeld Lowenstein Memorial Lecture. A reception follows. Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. Call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 to RSVP. $10.
See a complete list of literary events at washingtonpost.com/bookworld.