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section/books. 28 Monday 7 P.M. Theologian George Weigel discusses and signs The Courage to Be Catholic at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Anne Thomas Soffee discusses and signs her new memoir, Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love, at Borders-Columbia, 6151 Columbia Crossing Circle, 410-290-0062. She will also be reading on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Bowie, 4420 Mitchellville Rd., 301-352-5560.

7:30 P.M. Rosemary Thornton presents a slide-illustrated lecture based on her new book, The Houses That Sears Built, at the Historic Takoma Theatre, corner of 4th & Butternut Sts. at Blair Rd. NW. A $5 donation is suggested; call 202-882-9274 or visit for details.

29 Tuesday 6:30 P.M. David Wise discusses Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. A reception and signing follow. Admission is $20; call 202-393-7798 or visit to RSVP.

7 P.M. Robert L. Johnson discusses and signs Strength For Their Journey: Five Essential Disciplines African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens (written with Paulette Stanford) at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140. Both authors will be at a signing on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. at Trover Book Shop-Capitol Hill, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-2665.

7 P.M. Amir Aczel discusses and signs Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Allen Weinstein and David Rubel, authors of The Story of America: Freedom and Crisis From Settlement to Superpower, take part in a panel discussion, "Civil Liberties in Wartime: WWII to the War on Terror," at the National Archives, rm. 105, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-208-7345.

7 P.M. Richard B. Wright reads from and signs his prize-winning novel, Clara Callan, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7:30 P.M. Xinran discusses and signs her new book, The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7:30 P.M. Molly Gregory discusses and signs Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

30 Wednesday Noon. Journalist Ruben Martinez discusses and signs Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail at the National Archives, rm. 105, 202-208-7345. He will also be speaking at 6 p.m. that evening at Teaism: A Tea House, 400 Eighth St. NW, 202-638-6010 in an event sponsored by Vertigo Books (301-779-9300).

7 P.M. Scott Turow reads from and signs his new legal thriller, Reversible Errors, at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Kevin Mitnick discusses and signs The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Kevin Baker reads from and signs his new novel, Paradise Alley, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Afrika Abney hosts "A Night of Poetry" at the Market Five Gallery, Seventh St. & North Carolina Ave. SE, featuring guest poet Kwame Alexander and other local poets, including Jahi Hill and David L. Weeks. Displays of books & literature (and refreshments) will be on hand. There is a $7 suggested donation; call 202-328-3564 or e-mail for details.

7:30 P.M. Columnist Art Buchwald discusses and signs We'll Laugh Again at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

8 P.M. The MFA Creative Writing Reading Series at American Univ. presents poets Richard McCann, Kermit Moyer, Myra Sklarew and Henry Taylor reading from their work as part of the annual Faculty Poetry and Fiction Reading (to benefit Food and Friends) in the Butler Pavilion board rm., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-2990. A donation of $5 is suggested.

31 Thursday 7 P.M. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen discusses and signs A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

1 Friday 5:30 P.M. Journalist Mitchell Zuckoff reads from and discusses Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey, at the New Dominion Bookshop, 404 East Main St., Charlottesville, Va., 434-295-2552.

7 P.M. Claire Messud, author of The Last Life and When the World Was Steady, reads from and discusses her fiction at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Admission is $10 for nonmembers; call 202-783-7370 to RSVP.

Special Events The Kennedy Center is hosting the Seventh Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 5 p.m., featuring readings, performances and book sales with a host of authors and illustrators, including Tonya Bolden, Michelle Green, Eloise Greenfield, Spike and Tonya Lee, and Laurence Yep. Admission is $15 for the general public; call 202-467-4600 for details.

Wendy Wasserstein, Laura Blumenfeld and Ira Berkow are among the authors taking part in the 33rd Annual Book Festival at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Nov. 3-10 (closed on Saturday) at 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Md. In addition to the wide array of author events, there will be a companion book/audio/video sale. For complete details, call 301-230-3752.