Washington Area Literary Calendar: May 18-23
Noon. James Bartholomew, a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, discusses his book The Welfare State We're In along with Wendell Primus, a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of the House on budget and health issues, and Michael Tanner, a senior Cato Institute fellow in health and welfare studies, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP.
7 P.M. Colm Tóibín reads from and signs his new novel, Brooklyn, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Irish poet Eamon Grennan, author of the collections Matter of Fact and Still Life with Waterfall, presents the annual Folger Poetry Board Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and book signing follow. Tickets are $12; call 202-544-7077 or visit http:/
10:30 A.M. Children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal reads from and discusses her new picture book, Duck! Rabbit! (illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; ages 9-12) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. She will also read at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281. Rosenthal is also the author of Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink (also new this year).
Noon. W. Ralph Eubanks discusses and signs his new memoir, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South, as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Call 202-707-5221 for details.
Noon. Historian Charles Bracelen Flood discusses and signs 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.
6:30 P.M. David O. Stewart, an attorney in Washington, D.C., discusses and signs Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.
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 Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
6:30 P.M. Mark L. Herman, a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, discusses and signs Wargaming for Leaders: Strategic Decision Making from the Battlefield to the Boardroom (written with Mark Frost and Robert Kurz) as part of the "Relevant Writers Series" at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.
7 P.M. Gillian Gill presents a lecture, "Victoria and Albert: A New Look at a Legendary Romance," drawn from her new biography of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals, as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit http:/
7 P.M. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, a religion correspondent for National Public Radio, discusses and signs her new book, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Rivka Galchen discusses her debut novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, in conversation with Ron Charles, Book World's deputy editor, as part of the Nextbook series at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $9 for the general public, $6 for JCC members; visit http:/