Books and Authors

COKIE ROBERTS -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. The NPR commentator discusses her book "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation." American News Women's Club, 1607 22nd St. NW. $30. For reservations, call 202-332-6770.

MO WILLEMS -- Monday at 7 p.m. The Emmy-winning "Sesame

Street" writer and author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus"

reads from his newest children's book, "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale." Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-1761.

JILL CONNER BROWNE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The author reads and signs "The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

A.J. JACOBS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Esquire editor discusses his year attempting to read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica in "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World." Olsson's,

418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

DAVID BALDACCI -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The author reads and signs "The Hour Game," in which Secret Service agents are called upon to stop a pattern of serial murders. Borders, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Baileys Crossroads. Free. 703-998-0404.

RUSSELL BANKS -- Friday at 8 p.m. The author of "Affliction" and "The Angel on the Roof" reads his latest novel, "The Darling," about a 1960s political radical who flees America for Liberia. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.


PAUL GOLDBERGER -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The New Yorker's architecture critic discusses the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site. Followed by a signing of his book "Up From Zero."

Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1700 or 202-639-1770.


FALL CADILLAC SHOW -- Today, doors at 9 a.m. Awards presentation at 3 p.m. Eighty antique and classic Caddies on display. Capitol Cadillac Company, 6500 Capitol Dr., Greenbelt. Free. 301-441-9600.

FALL HARVEST FAMILY DAYS -- Today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bid farewell to the farming season with games, wagon rides, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, and 18th-century craft and harvest activities. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, at the southern end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6-11 $5. 703-780-2000.

MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- Today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Ten stages of live entertainment, crafts, food, games, jousting contests and taverns in a re-created 16th-century English village setting. Renaissance Fair Grounds, 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville. $8-$17, ages 6 and younger free. 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304.

WHITE HOUSE FALL GARDEN TOUR -- Today, noon-4 p.m. See the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn. Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets NW. Free; tickets distributed each day at 7:30 a.m. 202-208-1631.

DAY OF THE DEAD: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS -- Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Learn about the Mexican holiday through music, hands-on activities, storytelling and a display of a traditional family ofrenda, or altar. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ENTER THE DARKNESS: A NIGHT OF REALLY SCARY STORIES -- Saturday at 10 p.m. Washington Storytellers Theatre presents the five most frightening stories from their scary story contest. DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. $10, in costume $8. 301-891-1129.


ARABIAN SIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL -- Closes today. An eclectic mix of Arab films: "Women Beyond Borders" shown with "Lili" at 6 p.m., "Our Listeners' Request" shown with "Distance From the Sun" at 6:30 p.m., "Zaman, the Man From the Reeds" at 8:30 p.m., and "The Olive Harvest" at 8:45 p.m. Loews Cineplex, 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $9 per film. 202-724-5613. For complete schedule, visit

ALL ROADS FILM FESTIVAL -- Thursday-Saturday. More than 40 short films by indigenous and minority-culture filmmakers from across the globe, organized by theme. Thursday at 6 p.m.: "Focus on Islam." Friday at 7 p.m.: "A Short Trip Around the World." Friday at 9 p.m.: "Focus on South Africa." Saturday at 11 a.m.: "Animated Shorts From Around the World." Saturday at 1 p.m.: "Indigenous Shorts From Latin America." Saturday at 4 p.m.: "Ancestors, Elders and Land." Saturday at

7 p.m.: "Focus on Australia." Saturday at 9 p.m.: "Music Videos and Live Music." National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $10 single tickets, festival pass $64. 202-857-7700.

SEEDS -- Thursday at 7 p.m. A documentary following 10 teenagers at the Seeds of Peace camp in Maine. Closes the Common Ground Film Festival. George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW. Free. 202-994-6240.

EUROPEAN UNION FILM SHOWCASE -- Opens Friday. Through Nov. 7. New films from the Old World. Friday: "South From Granada" at 6:30 p.m. and "Singing Behind the Screen" at 7 p.m. "South From Granada": AFI National Film Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $8.50. 202-833-2348. "Singing Behind the Screen": AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720. For complete schedule, visit

JOURNEY TO LASTA -- Friday at 9 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. A world-music documentary by Ethiopian director Wondwossen D. Dikran, featuring Lasta Sound, Quinto Sol, Chakra, Upground and Ras Michael. Friday: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $20. 301-495-6720. Oct. 31: Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $15. 202-397-7328.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town in Tim Burton's ghoulish animated fantasy. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.50. 202-452-7672.

THE SHINING -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Redrum! Redrum! Evil spirits convince the caretaker of an off-season hotel (Jack Nicholson) to murder his family with an ax. Shelly Duvall co-stars. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6.50. 301-652-7273.

GREEN FISH -- Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. A young man returns home from the South Korean military to find his town changed and his family struggling to make ends meet. Closes the Smithsonian's Korean Film Festival. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free; tickets distributed one hour before showtime. 202-633-1000.

DISTANT -- Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Mahmut, a photographer living in Istanbul, faces a personal crisis after his wife walks out on him. When his cousin Yusef leaves his village to live in Mahmut's apartment and find work, their relationship is tested. In Turkish with English subtitles. Opens the Smithsonian's From the Lands of Abraham film series. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

HEARTS AND MINDS -- Daily through Nov. 4. Peter Davis's Oscar-winning 1974 documentary about the Vietnam War. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.


KLEZMER MUSIC PARTY -- Today, 7-9 p.m. Dance to the sounds of the Machaya Klezmer Band. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $10, younger than 12 $5. 301-348-3840.

ARTISTS AND MODELS HALLOWEEN BASH -- Friday at 6 p.m. Dress to impress at the second annual celebration. Costume and door prizes, and open-session modeling all night. MOCA DC, 1054 31st St. NW. $10, couples $15. 202-342-6230.


POET-A-TETE -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Cheryl Crockett hosts an open mic and poetry slam, with guest poet Burt Hubinger. Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free. 301-881-0237.

WORD OF MOUTH -- Tuesday, 7:30-10 p.m. Spoken word and poetry open mic with musical accompaniment. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. $5 suggested donation. 202-462-6242.

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