November 17-23, 2008
7 P.M. Karren Alenier, author of the poetry collection Looking for Divine Transportation and a director of Washington's literary organization, The Word Works, and prize-winning poet Kevin Prufer, author of National Anthem and Fallen from a Chariot as well as the editor of PLEIADES: A Journal of New Writing, read from their work as part of the Café Muse series held at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797. Refreshments and classical guitar (courtesy of Michael Davis) open the program, which closes with an open mic.
7 P.M. Writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams, a professor of environmental humanities of the University of Utah, reads from and signs Finding Beauty in a Broken World at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Barbara Lee, U.S. congresswoman from California, discusses and signs her new memoir, Renegade for Peace & Justice: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks for Me, at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.
Noon. The Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress will host a reading by Jane Gentry Vance, the poet laureate of Kentucky and the author of the collections A Year in Kentucky: A Garland of Poems and Portrait of the Artist As a White Pig, at the Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. She will be joined by three other poets from the Bluegrass State, all winners of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award: Tony Crunk (1995), Davis McCombs (2000) and Maurice Manning (2001). For details, call 202-707-5221.
6:30 P.M. Stephen Hess, a professor of media and public affairs, discusses and signs What Do We Do Now?: A Workbook for the President-Elect at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.
7 P.M. Professor of history H.W. Brands reads from and discusses his new biography, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 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:/
7:30 P.M. Steven Roy Goodman, an expert in college and graduate school admissions, and family psychologist Andrea Leiman discuss College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale, Va. Call 703-256-3800 to register.
7:30 P.M. Writer and poet Adam Kirsch discusses and signs Benjamin Disraeli, his new biography of the British prime minister (part of the "Jewish Encounters" series) at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW as part of the "nextbook" series. Tickets are $9 for nonmembers; call 202-777-3251 or visit http:/
10:30 P.M. British children's book author Emily Gravett reads from and discusses her new picture book, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. She will also read at 4 p.m. that afternoon at Barston's Child's Play, 1661 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-230-9040.
Noon. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edwin Burrows discusses and signs Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.
7 P.M. Solveig Eggerz reads from and signs her new historical novel, Seal Woman (set in post-WWII Iceland) at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545. A book signing will follow at 8:30 p.m. across the street at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington), 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756. She will also read on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at Borders Books-Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.