Washington Area Literary Calendar: August 24-29
7 P.M. Gerald Elias, a veteran of the concert world, reads from and signs his new novel, Devil's Trill, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.
7 P.M. David Wessel, the economics editor at the Wall Street Journal and author of the "Capital" column, discusses and signs his new book, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/14/AR2009081401670.html)
6:30 P.M. Inspirational speaker and author Jewel Diamond Taylor discusses and signs her new book, Shift Happens: The Main Thing is to KEEP the Main Thing ... THE MAIN THING!, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.
7 P.M. T.R. Reid, a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses and signs his new book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Longtime journalist Jim Leeke, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, discusses and signs his new book, Manila and Santiago: The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, as part of the "Authors on Deck" series at the United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Visit www.navymemorial.org for details.
6:30 P.M. Psychiatrist and author Gordon Livingston discusses and signs his latest book, How to Love, at Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City, Md., 410-203-9001.
6:30 P.M. Pakistani-born writer H.M. Naqvi reads from and signs his new novel, Home Boy, at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. John Buntin, a staff writer at Governing magazine (with a focus on crime and urban affairs), discusses and signs his new book, L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review in Outlook on Sept. 6.)
7 P.M. Randall Grass, a musician, record executive and writer, discusses and signs his new book, Great Spirits: Portraits of Life-Changing World Music Artists, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638. The event will also include Grass playing music from some of the book's featured artists.
4:30 P.M. Lt. Col. Oliver North will sign copies of American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam, a re-issued and updated edition featuring a chapter on Afghanistan (and companion to North's "War Stories" series on the Fox News Channel), at the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, Va. The appearance is to celebrate the opening of the NRA National Firearms Museum's new gift shop. He will also be delivering a speech at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium; for details, visit www.nra.nationalfirearms.muesum.
6:30 P.M. Writer and activist Nicholas Benton, a co-founder of the Berkeley chapter of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 and currently the publisher of the weekly Falls Church News-Press, discusses his contributions to the new book Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.
7 P.M. Kerrie Paige discusses and signs her new book, Soccer for Moms: Game & Parenting Essentials for Healthy Kids, at Barnes & Noble-Market Commons, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-8244.
7 P.M. Nick McDonell reads from and signs his new novel, An Expensive Education, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Book World's review can be found here: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/11/AR2009081103145.html)
2 P.M. Diana Peterfreund reads from and signs Rampant, her new young adult fantasy novel, at Borders Books-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, Md., 301-816-1067.
Labor Day weekend brings with it the 29th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, being held Thursday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt St. (at the Inner Harbor) in Baltimore, Md. Among the more than 550 international dealers represented will be 70 focusing exclusively on antiquarian books (rare books, first editions, manuscripts, ephemera and author autographs) who are part of the concurrent 20th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair. The show's new public lecture series will include a talk by William Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum, on the Archimedes Codex. Hours for the show are Thursday, Sept. 3, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 on Thursday (valid for all show days) and $8 for the remaining three days; for complete details, call 561-822-5440 or visit www.baltimoresummerantiques.com.