Washington Area Literary Calendar: Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009; 12:00 AM

26 MONDAY 3 P.M. Journalist and activist Rana Husseini discusses her new book, "Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime," at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). Call 202-691-4188 for details. To RSVP, e-mail ecsp@wilsoncenter.org with name and affiliation. She will also speak on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. James McBride, author of the bestselling memoir "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother," reads from and signs his novel "Song Yet Sung," which is the current selection of the "One Maryland One Book" reading program, at Montgomery College, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md. The program will also feature a performance by the MC Jazztet. For details, call 240-567-5000 or visit www.montgomerycolleg.edu.

7 P.M. Steven D. Levitt (a professor of economics at the University of Chicago) and Stephen J. Dubner (a former writer and editor at the New York Times Magazine) discuss their new book, "SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance," in a program at The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St. NW. Tickets are $40, and include a copy of the book and light refreshments. To RSVP for this event, sponsored by Hooks Book Events, visit www.hooksbookevents.com.

7 P.M. Taylor Branch, author of "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63" (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), discusses and signs his new book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Vince Flynn reads from and signs his new Mitch Rapp novel, "Pursuit of Honor," at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

27 TUESDAY 4 P.M. Mary Elise Sarotte, a professor of international relations at the University of Southern California, discusses her new book, "1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe" at the Woodrow Wilson Center. E-mail coldwar@wilsoncenter.org for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. Kent Meyers, author of the new novel "Twisted Tree," presents a lecture, "Imagining America's Upper Midwest: Readings in Memoir and Fiction," at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Doyle Formal Lounge, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. A book signing follows. For details, call 410-532-5535 or visit www.ndm.edu.

7 P.M. David Baldacci reads from his new thriller, "True Blue," at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-506-2937. He will also speak on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in an event sponsored by Hooks Book Events and held at The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St. NW. Admission is $50, which includes a copy of the book and light refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Washington D.C. Police Foundation (Baldacci's novel, set in Washington, introduces several new characters, including a D.C. police chief). For details and to RSVP, visit www.hooksbookevents.com. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Katherine Neville reads from and signs "The Fire" (just published in paperback), the sequel to her bestselling novel "The Eight," at Borders Books-Warrenton, 251 W. Lee Hwy., Warrenton, Va., 540-347-9412.

8 P.M. The Lannan Center for Poetry and Social Practice is hosting a reading by Dublin-born poet Harry Clifton at Georgetown University, Copley Formal Lounge, 37th &O Sts. NW. (There will also be an informal seminar with Clifton at 5:30 p.m. in the Inter-Cultural Center, Room 462.) For details, visit www.lannan.georgetown.edu.

28 WEDNESDAY Noon. Historian Larry E. Tise discusses and signs "Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk" at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

5 P.M. Jennifer Burns, an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia, discusses her new book, "Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right," at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail events@cato.org to RSVP.

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