The following events this week are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. This is not a complete listing. For additional events, see Book Shop on our pages or log on to section/books. 18 Monday Noon. Peter Bridges discusses his new biography, Pen of Fire: John Moncure Daniel, as part of the "Books and Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Dining Rm. A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

12:30 P.M. James Patterson reads from and signs his new Alex Cross novel, Four Blind Mice, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610. He will also be reading that afternoon at 5:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761, and that evening at 8 p.m., at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

4 P.M. Award-winning illustrator Robert Sabuda presents and discusses his new holiday pop-up book, The Night Before Christmas, at Imagination Station, 4524 Lee Hwy., 703-522-2047. He will also be appearing on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at Fairy Godmother, 319 Seventh St. SE, 202-547-5474; Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. at Tree Top Toys, 3301 New Mexico Ave. NW, 202-244-3500; Wednesday, Nov. 20, at noon at Borders-Annapolis, 1115 Annapolis Mall, 301-571-0923; Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. at A Likely Story Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St., Alexandria, 703-836-2498; and Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

7 P.M. Professor Charles Kupchan discusses and signs The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-First Century at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Terry Teachout discusses and signs The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken at Poltics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

19 Tuesday 7 P.M. Stanice Anderson discusses and signs her new memoir, I Say a Prayer For Me: One Woman's Life of Faith and Triumph, at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-779-9300.

7 P.M. Ashley Kahn discusses A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album in conversation with JazzTimes publisher Lee Mergner at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Singer and songwriter Tony Orlando discusses and signs his new memoir, Halfway to Paradise (written with Patsi Cox), at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Patricia Cornwell discusses her new true-crime book, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed, as part of the Smithsonian Associates program, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Eileen McGuckian discusses and signs Rockville, Portrait of a City at the Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., 240-777-0166.

7:30 P.M. Rev. Bruce G. Epperly and Rabbi Lewis D. Solomon discuss and sign Mending the World: Spiritual Help For Ourselves and Our Planet at Borders-White Flint, 301-816-1067.

20 Wednesday 7 P.M. Valerie Wilson Wesley reads from and signs her new novel, Always True to You in My Fashion, at Vertigo Books, 301-779-9300. She will also be reading on Thursday, Nov. 21, at noon at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433, and again that evening at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

7:30 P.M. Syndicated columnist Dan Savage discusses and signs Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 703-299-9124.

7:30 P.M. Joshua Gilder reads from and signs his new medical thriller, Ghost Image, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.

21 Thursday 12:30 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new seasonal tale, The Christmas Train, at Olsson's-Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW, 202-347-3686. He will also be reading that evening at 7 p.m., along with Richard Paul Evans reading from his new novel, The Last Promise, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

6 P.M. Julianne Malveaux reads from and discusses her work, including Unfinished Business (written with Deborah L. Perry) and Paradox of Loyalty, at Sisterspace and Books, 202-332-3433.

7 P.M. Poets J.D. McClatchy and D. Nurske (Brooklyn poet laureate) read from their new collections, Hazmat and The Fall, respectively, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW, 202-347-5495.

7 P.M. John Rolfe Gardiner, author of Somewhere in France and Going On Like This, reads from and discusses his work as part of the "Writers On Writing" series sponsored by the Loudoun Country Day School, 237 Fairview St. NW, Leesburg, Va. Call 703-777-3841 to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Political commentator Chris Matthews discusses and signs American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880. He will also be reading on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

22 Friday 7:30 P.M. The "Connections" reading series at the College of Southern Maryland hosts an evening of poetry with George Evans, author of The New World, and Daisy Zamora, author of the bilingual The Violent Foam, at the La Plata Campus, Center for Business & Technology (BI-113), 8730 Mitchell Rd. Tickets are $2; call 301-934-7828 or e-mail to RSVP.

23 Saturday Noon. Local authors Jessica Tilles, Sharon Ewell Foster and L.O.V.H. (Lea) Chrowders read from and discuss their work, as well as small-press publishing, at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, 703-838-4356.

24 Sunday 5 P.M. Washington Post tech writer Shannon Henry discusses and signs The Dinner Club: How the Masters of the Internet Universe Rode the Rise and Fall of the Greatest Boom in History at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.