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section/books. 4 Monday 4 P.M. Garry Wills, author of Why I Am a Catholic, presents a lecture, "Citizen Believers," as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series at Georgetown Univ., Gaston Hall in Healy Hall (on the Quadrangle), 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW, 202-687-5603. A reception and signing follow. He will also speak about his work in conversation with journalist Bill Press on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in an event sponsored by the English-Speaking Union at the Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. For ticket information, call 202-234-4602.

6 P.M. Elisabeth Frater discusses and signs her new guidebook, Breaking Away to Virginia and Maryland Wineries, at the Toka Cafe{acute}, 1140 19th St. NW, 202-429-TOKA.

6 P.M. The Capitol Hill Civil War Roundtable hosts a reading with DeAnne Blanton for her new book, They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War (written with Lauren Cook), in the Longworth House Office Bldg., rm. 1302, Independence & New Jersey Aves. SE. She will also be speaking on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 703-299-9124.

7 P.M. Letty Cottin Pogrebin reads from and signs her first novel, Three Daughters, at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Sy Montgomery discusses and signs Search For the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 703-299-9124.

5 Tuesday 7 P.M. Dai Sijie reads (in French) from his recent novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW, 202-347-5495.

7 P.M. Award-winning photographer Diana Walker discusses and signs her new monograph, Public & Private: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency, at the National Archives, rm. 105, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-208-7345.

6 Wednesday 1 P.M. C. Kelly Robinson reads from and signs his new novel, No More Mr. Nice Guy, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2660. He will also be reading on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Taslima Nasrin discusses and signs Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-779-9300.

7 P.M. Alan Furst reads from and signs his new novel, Blood of Victory, at Olsson's-Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686.

7 P.M. Michael R. Beschloss discusses and signs The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 at the U.S. Naval Memorial Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The program is sponsored by the National Archives, 202-208-7345.

7 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new seasonal tale, The Christmas Train, at Books-A-Million, 2924 Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton, Va., 703-281-0820.

7 P.M. Prize-winning poets Linda Pastan and Michele Wolf read from their work at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-656-2797.

7 P.M. Journalist Roger Highfield discusses and signs The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Carole Angier discusses and signs her new biography, The Double Bond: Primo Levi, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-347-5495.

7 Thursday 7 P.M. The Baltimore-based poetry journal Smartish Pace launches a new reading series at the Contemporary Museum, 100 West Centre St., Baltimore, Md., with poets Joyce S. Brown and Greg Williamson (featured in the journal's 7th issue). For details, e-mail editor Stephen Reichert at or visit

7 P.M. Justin Martin discusses and signs his new biography, Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon, at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Journalist Caryle Murphy discusses and signs Passion For Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East -- The Egyptian Experience at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

8:15 P.M. Thad Ziolkowski reads from and discusses his new memoir, On a Wave: A Surfer Boyhood, as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series at George Washington Univ., Marvin Center Amphitheater, 800 21st St. NW, 202-994-6180.

8 Friday 7 P.M. Former special prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr discusses and signs First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life at Olsson's-Metro Center, 202-347-3686.

7 P.M. Robert P. Kirshner discusses and signs Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Cosmos at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

9 Saturday 1 P.M. Austin Camacho reads from his new mystery, Collateral Damage, at St. Elmo's Cafe{acute}, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.

6 P.M. Journalist Afshin Molavi discusses and signs Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys Across Iran at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

10 Sunday 2:30 P.M. Poet Grace Cavalieri reads from her work at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., in an event sponsored by the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (where Cavalieri is writer-in-residence). For details and to RSVP, call 301-596-6183 or visit

6 P.M. Michael H. Lythgoe, Chris Lythgoe, Maggie Rosen and Sally Rosen Kindred read from their work as part of the poetry series at the Iota Club & Cafe{acute}, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-522-8340.