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.

24 Monday

6 P.M. Journalist Lawrence C. Ross Jr. discusses and signs The Divine Nine: The History of African-American Fraternities and Sororities at Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave., 202-238-2640.

7 P.M. William Polk discusses his new book on his family's tumultuous past, Polk's Folly, at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. Poets Thomas Lux, author of the recent collection New and Selected Poems, and Toi Derricotte, author of Tender, read from their work at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $10, and can be reserved at 202-544-7077.

25 Tuesday

7 P.M. Robert Atkins discusses and signs Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution at Borders--Baileys Crossroads, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, 703-998-0404.

7 P.M. Catherine Asaro reads from and signs her new novel, The Veiled Web, at Borders--Columbia, 6151 Columbia Crossing Circle, 410-290-0062.

7:30 P.M. Chef Ron Meyer talks about The Portobello Cookbook while demonstrating some of his recipes at Barnes & Noble--Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

26 Wednesday

Noon. Journalist Chris Matthews signs copies of Hardball at the George Washington University Bookstore, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, 202-994-8870.

7 P.M. WAMU radio personality Diane Rehm discusses her memoir, Finding My Voice, as part of the Conversation With the Authors series at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW, 202-331-7282 x25.

7 P.M. Andrea Young discusses Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Stephanie Vance discusses Government By the People: How to Communicate With Congress, at Barnes & Noble--Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

7:30 P.M. Albert Podell discusses the re-issue of Who Needs A Road?: The Story of the Longest and Last Motor Journey Around the World at Barnes & Noble--Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7:30 P.M. Suzanne Smith discusses Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit at the Library of Congress, Montpelier Rm., 6th floor of the James Madison Bldg., 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5502.

27 Thursday

6 P.M. Karen Harper reads from her new Elizabethan-era mystery, Tidal Poole, at MysteryBooks, 1715 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-483-1600.

7 P.M. Journalist Elizabeth Mitchell discusses W: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty at Olsson's--Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.

7 P.M. Leslie Epstein reads from and signs Ice Fire Water: A Leib Goldkorn Cocktail at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW, 202-347-5495.

7 P.M. Journalist Mark Pendergrast discusses Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World at the National Zoo, Visitors Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-673-4801 to RSVP. He will also be speaking on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Borders--Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270, and on Sat., Jan. 29 at 2 pm at Barnes & Noble--Georgetown.

28 Friday

Noon. Poets Marie Howe, author of The Good Thief, and Tom Sleigh, author of The Dreamhouse, take part in a joint reading at the Library of Congress, Pickford Theater, James Madison Bldg., 202-707-1308.

7 P.M. Thom Jones reads from and signs his new collection of stories, Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine, at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Poet and novelist Diane Glancy, author of such works as Flutie and Offering, gives a lecture entitled "Culture and the Enviroment: Voices in the Wind" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 for non-members. Call 202-783-7370 for reservations.

29 Saturday

1 P.M. Michael Weiss discusses his new book probing the demographic aspects of our culture and society, The Clustered World, in a lecture at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202-357-2991.

3 P.M. Shay Youngblood reads from and signs her second novel, Black Girl in Paris, in an event presented by Sisterspace and Books at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Call 202-332-3433 for more details.

7:30 P.M. Washington Post editor Glenn Frankel discusses his recent book, Rivonia's Children, at the Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation, 2920 Arlington Blvd., 703-979-4466.

8 P.M. Terence Mulligan and Martha Sanchez-Lowery, editors of the literary journal Minimus, join with poets Nancy Allison and Miles David Moore for an evening of poetry and music at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway in Greenbelt, MD. Call 703-908-9843 for more details.

30 Sunday

1:30 P.M. Children's author Carolivia Herron discusses and signs Nappy Hair at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St. NW, 202-829-2774.

Special Events

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is in search of volunteers to help teach adults to read, write and speak English. They are having an orientation session Monday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Call 301-942-9292 for more details and to register, or e-mail