Washington Area Literary Calendar: May 11-17
5:30 P.M. James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and, most recently, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, signs copies of his work prior to a Living Lincoln presentation of "Lincoln as Commander in Chief," showcasing the talent of actors John Dossett and Rick Foucheux. The stage performance (now sold out) is based on McPherson's latest book and is part of the Ford's Theatre Society's celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, 202-434-9548.
6:30 P.M. Nawar Shora, an attorney who is actively involved in seminars and outreach about the Arab community throughout the metro area, discusses and signs The Arab-American Handbook: A Guide to the Arab, Arab-American & Muslim Worlds at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Michael Eric Dyson, a cultural critic and a professor at Georgetown University, discusses and signs Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Robyn O'Brien, the founder of AllergyKids and an activist for tighter food safety regulations, discusses and signs her new book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making us Sick¿And What We Can Do About It (written with Rachel Kranz), at Borders Books-Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270.
6:30 P.M. Steve Luxenberg, a senior editor at The Washington Post, discusses and signs his new memoir, Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494.
6:30 P.M. Mark Rudd, a leader of the student uprising at Columbia University in 1968, discusses and signs his new memoir, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.
7 P.M. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses and signs War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars. Haass is a veteran of both the Department of State and the National Security Council. Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, reads from and signs his debut novel, The Rules of the Game (a newsroom thriller), at the Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.
7 P.M. Reynolds Price, author of the award-winning novels A Long and Happy Life and Kate Vaiden, reflects on his life and work in a conversation with historian Marc Pachter, the former director of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Price's new memoir, ^ (the third installment), Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, has just been published. A book signing will follow the program. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets for this event, part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Series, are $25; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org to RSVP.
7:30 P.M. Sara Rosett discusses and signs her new Ellie Avery ("Mom Zone") mystery, Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder, at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, Va., 703-978-5600.
7:30 P.M. Lisa Scottoline, the Edgar Award winning mystery writer, reads from her new novel, Look Again, in an event sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library's Center for the Book. This event wraps up the library's 2009 Perspectives Series. Free tickets will be distributed (limit four per person) beginning at 7 p.m. Those attending also receive a free copy of the book. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. Call 703-324-8428 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library for details.
Noon. Michael Lasser, host of National Public Radio's "Fascinatin' Rhythm," presents a lecture on the music of the Great Depression, "Let's Go Slumming, Nose-Thumbing, at Park Avenue." He is also the author (with Philip Furia) of America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. A book signing follows. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.