Washington Area Literary Calendar: Aug. 17-23
7 P.M. Community organizer Michael Rosen discusses and signs What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
6 P.M. John Koehler, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer specializing in counter-espionage and intelligence collection, and an advisor to President Reagan, discusses and signs his new book, Spies in the Vatican: The Soviet Union's War Against the Catholic Church, at the Downtown Catholic Bookstore and Cultural Center, 1501 K St. NW, 202-783-2062.
7 P.M. Barnes & Noble-Market Commons (2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va.) will host a reading and discussion with contributors to Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell. Gruwell is one of the founders of the Freedom Writers Foundation (the inspiration behind the book and feature film). The book relates the experiences of students and teachers throughout an academic year; for details, call 703-248-8244.
7 P.M. Eugenia Kim reads from and signs her debut novel, The Calligrapher's Daughter, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Amy Schapiro reads from and discusses Millicent Fenwick: Her Way, her biography of the late New Jersey congresswoman, as part of the United States Capitol Historical Society's "August Brown Bag Lecture Series" at the VFW Building, Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NE. Seating is limited, so call 202-543-8919, ext. 38, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
7 P.M. James Wood^ s, a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, discusses and signs How Fiction Works, his book of essays just published in paperback, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
8 P.M. mothertongue, a community group that hosts monthly open-mic and spokenword events to embolden women to share their voices, will hold its next event at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) featuring poet Jenny C. Lares, author of lemons & potpourri, her second chapbook. An open-mic segment will follow. Doors to this free event open at 8 p.m., the show is at 9 p.m. For complete details, as well as to sign up for the open reading, contact Danielle at email@example.com.
7 P.M. Alex S. Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who's covered the media for many years, discusses and signs his new book, Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Joseph Finder reads from and signs Vanished, his new corporate thriller, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.
Noon. Rosemary and Larry Mild sign copies of their "Paco & Molly" mysteries, Locks and Cream Cheese, Hot Grudge Sunday and (most recently) Boston Scream Pie, at the North Beach Bayfest being held along the boardwalk of Bay Ave. in the town of North Beach in Calvert County, Md. They will also be appearing on Sunday, August 23, at the same time and location. This year marks the Bayfest's 25th anniversary; for more details, visit www.ci.north-beach.md.us/Pages/NorthBeachMD_WebDocs/bayfest.
1 P.M. Ray B. Smith discusses and signs The Child in the Voting Booth: When Grown People Elect Parents into Political Office at Barnes & Noble-Market Commons, 703-248-8244.
1 P.M. Charles V. Mauro discusses and signs his new book, A Southern Spy in Northern Virginia: The Civil War Album of Laura Ratcliffe, at Barnes & Noble-Manassas, Westgate Plaza, 8117 Sudley Rd., Manassas, Va., 703-393-0910.