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.
10:30 A.M. Local author Gail Scott discusses Diplomatic Dance: The New Embassy Life in America in a coffee and conversation format at the Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. Tickets are $10, and can be reserved at 202-387-4062 x18.
Noon. Historian Geoffrey Perrett discusses Eisenhower at the Library of Congress, Mumford Room, 6th floor of James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-2905.
6:30 P.M. Engineer Henry Petroski talks about The Book on the Bookshelf in a lecture at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $12 for non-NBM members. Please call 202-272-2448 for details.
7 P.M. Psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison discusses and signs Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. The Moosewood Collective gets together to discuss and sign Moosewood Restaurant Daily Specials at Olsson's--Arlington (Courthouse), 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-0525-4227, with refreshments provided by the Footnotes Cafe.
7 P.M. Music critic Tim Page discusses and signs The Selected Letters of Dawn Powell at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW, 202-347-5495.
7:30 P.M. Ellen Handler Spitz discusses Inside Picture Books at Borders--Tysons Square, 8311 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.
4 P.M. Ana Teresa Torres reads from and signs Dona Ines vs. Oblivion, World Literature Today, winner of the 1998 Pegasus Prize for Literature, at the Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. She will also be reading at 7 that evening at Borders--Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., 703-418-0166.
6 P.M. Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac discuss Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia in a reading presented by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, West Dining Room of the James Madison Building, 202-707-5221.
7 P.M. Lisa See reads from and signs her new thriller, The Interior, in the Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Dr. & 12th St. SW, 202-357-2700.
7 P.M. Cookbook author Betty Fussell discusses her autobiography, My Kitchen Wars, at Politics & Prose.
7:30 P.M. Matthew F. Jones reads from and signs his new noir-thriller, Deepwater, at Borders--Baileys Crossroads, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, 703-998-0404.
Noon. Pulitzer Prize-winner David Maraniss discusses his new biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth & F Sts. NW, 202-357-2700.
6 P.M. Erin Grunwell and the Freedom Writers discuss The Freedom Writers Diary, based on their personal and scholastic successes through writing, at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave, NW, 202-429-9272.
7 P.M. Local political reporter Jules Witcover discusses No Way to Pick a President at Politics & Prose.
7 P.M. James Glassman and Kevin Hassett talk about DOW 36,000 at Borders--Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Shauna Singh Baldwin reads from and signs her debut novel set in India, What the Body Remembers, at Olsson's--Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.
7 P.M. Claire Messud reads from and signs The Last Life at Chapters Literary Bookstore.
12:30 P.M. Omar Tyree reads from and signs Sweet St. Louis at Reprint Book Shop, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070. He will also be appearing at 3 p.m. at the Howard University Bookstore, and on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m., along with author Thomas Green, at Georgia Brown's Restaurant, 950 15th St. NW, 202-393-4499. This reading is presented by Drum and Spear Books, 202-722-4758. Attending the reading is free; those wishing to stay for brunch should call the restaurant for reservations.
12:30 P.M. Diane McKinney-Whetstone signs Blues Dancing at Olsson's--Metro Center. She will also be reading and signing at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books. On Saturday, Nov. 6, she will be appearing at 11:30 a.m. in a reading/brunch event sponsored by Drum and Spear books at Georgia Brown's Restaurant, and at 5 that afternoon at the Fairmont Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., 301-883-2650.
2 P.M. Diane Leatherman reads from and discusses Crossing Kansas, sponsored by the Writers League of Washington, at the Chevy Chase Library, Connecticut Ave. & McKinley Sts. NW.
2 P.M. National Book Award finalist Howard Norman reads from his new children's book, Trickster and the Fainting Birds, illustrated by Tom Pohrt, at Politics & Prose.
1 P.M. Children's author David Carter talks about and demonstrates his new pop-up book, The 12 Bugs of Christmas, at A Likely Story Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. in Old Town, Alexandria, 703-836-2498. He will also be appearing at 4 that afternoon at Borders--Baileys Crossroads.
Word Works is holding a master class poetry workshop entitled "To Be Teased Into Forms: Canzone, Ghazal, and Sapphic," with poet Agha Shahid Ali on Dec. 4 & 5 at the Writers Center in Bethesda. The deadline for application is Nov. 10. For details, visit their web page www.writer.org/wordwork/wordwrk1.htm, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Word Works ASA Workshop, P.O. Box 42164, Washington, DC, 20015.