The following events this week are free to the public unless otherwise noted. This is not a complete listing; each store or institution may have more events that are not listed here. For additional listings, see Book Shop.
6:30 P.M. Seattle architect James Cutler discusses his monograph, James Cutler, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $16. Please call 202-272-2448 for reservations.
7 P.M. Sena Jeter Naslund reads from and signs Ahab's Wife or the Star-Gazer, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW, 202-347-5495.
7 P.M. T.H. Watkins discusses his new book on America during the Depression, The Hungry Years, at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. He will also be speaking on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at noon, and again at 7 p.m. at the National Archives, Seventh St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 105, 202-208-7345.
7:30 P.M. Mystery writers Laura Lippman, author of In Big Trouble, and Sujata Massey, author of The Flower Master, take part in a joint reading at the Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. in Damascus, MD, 301-253-5100. There will be refreshments at 7:15 p.m.
12:30 P.M. Ann Rule signs her new true-crime book, And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano, Deadly Seducer, at Olsson's--Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.
6 P.M. Christian Parenti discusses his new book on the prison-industrial complex, Lockdown America, at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-429-9272.
7 P.M. Classical violinist Isaac Stern discusses My First 79 Years in conversation with NPR's Martin Goldsmith at Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Rd. NW in a reading presented by Politics & Prose.
7:30 P.M. John T. Edge talks about A Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American South at Barnes & Noble--Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
Noon. Kenyan writer and activist Ngugi wa Thiong'O discusses his work as part of the Freshman Composition Literary Series at Bowie State Univ., 16000 Jericho Park Rd., in the Martin Luther King Jr. Arts Center, 301-464-7514.
6 P.M. Agymah Kamau reads from and signs his new novel, Pictures of a Dying Man, at Vertigo Books.
7 P.M. Greek author and performer Agapi Stassinopolous discusses Conversations with the Goddesses, based on her one-woman show, at Borders--Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Poets Daniel Halpern and Sharon Olds read from their new collections, Something Shining and Blood Tin Straw, respectively, at Chapters Literary Bookstore.
8 P.M. Irish author Colm Toibin reads from his work as part of the MFA Creative Writing Series at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Bentley Lounge in Gray Hall.
10:30 A.M. T.A. Barron reads from his new book on the Lost Years of Merlin epic, The Mirror of Merlin, at A Likely Story Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. in Old Town, Alexandria, 703-836-2498. He will also be appearing at 4 p.m. at Politics & Prose, and 7:30 that evening at Barnes & Noble--Manassas, 8117 Sudley Rd., 703-393-0910.
11 A.M. William Offutt talks about Bethesda, A Social History at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle, 301-654-2488. There is a $4 suggested donation, and a coffee get-together at 10:30 a.m.
6 P.M. Sapphire reads from her new poetry collection, Black Wings and Blind Angels, at Vertigo Books.
7 P.M. Robert Jay Lifton discusses his new book on global terrorism, Destroying the World To Save It, at Olsson's--Metro Center.
7:30 P.M. Wendy Jordan talks about the new book she has co-authored, Great Chefs, Great Kitchens: At Home With America's Top Chefs, with special guest Nora Pouillon, creator of Restaurant Nora and Asia Nora, at Barnes & Noble--Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.
7:30 P.M. John Alexander discusses Ghosts! The Ghostlore of the Nation's Capital at Barnes & Noble--Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., 703-437-8147.
8 P.M. Ana Teresa Torres receives the Pegasus Prize for Literature for Dona Ines vs. Oblivion, World Literature Today, in a ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. NE. as part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. She will be introduced by Dolores Moyano Martin. A reception follows. Tickets are $13, and can be reserved at 202-544-7077.
Noon. Clint Johnson discusses Touring Virginia's and West Virginia's Civil War Sites at the Hearthstone Bookshop, 5735A Telegraph Rd. in Alexandria, 703-960-0086. He will also be appearing at 5 that evening at Borders--Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., 703-418-0166.
6 P.M. William Least Heat-Moon discusses and signs River Horse: A Voyage Across America, at Politics & Prose.
1:30 P.M. NBCC-winner Taylor Branch discusses his work, including the recent Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, in a reading at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St. NW, 202-829-2774. Presented in cooperation with Sisterspace and Books.
The Washington Literacy Council, devoted to teaching adults to read, is holding another tutor training workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 6-9 p.m. The training, done in three parts, continues at the same time on the following consecutive Wednesdays, Nov. 10 and 17. Call 202-387-9029 for details, or e-mail them at email@example.com.