October 20-26, 2008
10:30 A.M. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental activist, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, reads from and discusses his new children's picture book, Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief (illustrated by Patrick Faricy and part of Kennedy's "American Heroes" series), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Russian studies professor John Garrard and scholar Carol Garrard discuss their new book, Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith and Power in the New Russia, at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). Call 202-691-4188 for details.
6:30 P.M. Children's book author and illustrator David Macaulay, winner of the Caldecott Medal, discusses his new book, The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body, at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to RSVP. He will also take part in two rounds of readings at Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call 202-364-1919 for details.
6:30 P.M. Josh Barkan, author of the short story collection Before Hiroshima, reads from and signs his new novel, Blind Speed, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. James M. McPherson discusses and signs Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Steven Roy Goodman, an expert in college and graduate school admissions, discusses College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family (written with Andrea Leiman) at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.
7:30 P.M. Anthropologist Brian Fagan discusses his new book, The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission is $18 for nonmembers; call 202-857-7700 or visit http:/
7 P.M. Jay Hakes, head of the Energy Information Administration (U.S. Department of Energy) from 1993 to 2000, discusses and signs his new book, A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment, at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-357-5000 for details.
7:30 P.M. Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian discusses her new illustrated travelogue/memoir, Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World, as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society. Admission is $18 for nonmembers; call 202-857-7700 or visit http:/
7 P.M. Andrew C. A. Jampoler discusses and signs The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston, Va., 703-437-9490.
7 P.M. Former CIA operative Robert Baer discusses and signs The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Nigel Ashton, senior lecturer in international history at the London School of Economics, discusses his new book, King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life, at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Call 202-691-4188 for details; visit http:/
5 P.M. Andrew Meier, a former Moscow correspondent for Time magazine, discusses and signs The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 703-437-9490.
6:30 P.M. Tony Faber discusses his new book, Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire, at the Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. A book signing follows. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for Hillwood Friends; call 202-686-5807 for details.
6:30 P.M. Laurent Cohen-Tanugi, a Paris-based lawyer and expert on European affairs and international relations, discusses his new book, The Shape of the World to Come: Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century, in an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. and being held at the Charles Sumner School and Museum (Great Hall), 1201 17th St. NW. A reception and book signing follow. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for council members. Call 202-293-1051 or e-mail email@example.com to RSVP.
6:45 P.M. Egyptologist Bob Brier discusses his new book, The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery, as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmusson Theater, Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit http:/
6:45 P.M. Poets Jane Shore, author of the collections Happy Families and, most recently, A Yes-or-No Answer, joins Dabney Stuart, author of Family Preserves and The Man Who Loved Cezanne, for a reading at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5394.
7:30 P.M. Howard Fineman, Newsweek magazine's senior Washington correspondent, discusses and signs The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Define and Inspire Our Country at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.
7 P.M. Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany reads from and signs his new novel, Chicago, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
5 P.M. Busboys and Poets (D.C.) is hosting a reading and discussion of Creative Freedom: The FWords Anthology (edited by Kadija George), a response by black British writers to the commemoration of the 1807 Slave Trade Act that abolished slavery in Britain and its colonies. Writers and poets Tanya Chan-Sam, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Jack Mapanje, Simon Murray, Seni Seneviratne and Rommi Smith will share their work, with a book signing to follow. The initiative was sponsored by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire; call 202-387-7638 for details.
3 P.M. Ben Jones, the actor who played Cooter Davenport in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazard" and a former congressman from Georgia, discusses and signs his memoir Redneck Boy in the Promised Land: The Confessions of "Crazy Cooter" at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., Fredericksburg, Va. For details, call 301-662-4190 or visit http:/
5 P.M. Journalist Ariel Sabar discusses and signs his new memoir, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
The Fairfax City branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold a Book & Author Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Rd., Fairfax, Va. The writers (all local) scheduled to attend are: Ellen Byerrum, author of the "Crime of Fashion" mystery series, the most recent of which is Armed and Glamorous; Mary Kay Ricks, author of Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad; novelist and professor Stephen Goodwin, author of Breaking Her Fall; Susan Fraser King, author of the novel Lady Macbeth; and Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS and author of numerous novels, the most recent being Mack to the Rescue. Tickets are $35 per person, with proceeds going toward scholarships for women in the area. The deadline to RSVP is Oct. 28; contact Suzanne Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Washington Writers' Publishing House (WWPH), a collective literary press created in 1973, announces an open call for its annual fiction and poetry prize contests from residents living within 60 driving miles of the Capitol (Baltimore region included). Book-length manuscripts (there is a fee of $20 for poetry, $25 for fiction) should be submitted by Nov. 1. For complete guidelines, visit http:/