2 Monday 7 P.M. Nathaniel Stone discusses and signs On the Water: Discovering America in a Rowboat at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Poets Adam Kirsch and Glyn Maxwell read from their new collections, The Thousand Wells and The Nerve, respectively, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 1512 K St. NW 202-347-5495.

8:15 P.M. Poet Heather McHugh, author of Shades, reads from and discusses her work at a benefit for the literary magazine of Yorktown High School, 5201 N. 28th St., Arlington, 703-228-5400.

3 Tuesday 12:30 P.M. Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales and co-author James Andrew Miller discuss and sign Live From New York: An Uncensored History of "Saturday Night Live" at Olsson's-Rosslyn, 1735 N. Lynn St., Arlington, 703-812-2103.

4 P.M. G. Gordon Liddy will sign copies of his new book, When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country, at the George Washington Univ. bookstore, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, 202-994-6870.

7 P.M. J. Candace Clifford discusses Nineteenth-Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses at the National Archives, rm. 105, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-208-7345.

7:30 P.M. John Carter, Greta Ehrig and Anne Harding Woodworth read selections from their poetry at the Takoma Park Branch Library, 5th & Cedar Sts. NW, 202-576-7252.

4 Wednesday 7 P.M. Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman discuss and sign The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists and the Stories That Shape the Political World at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

5 Thursday 4 P.M. Economics professor Robert J. Barro discusses Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas For a New Millennium at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A reception follows. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail kbrand@cato.org to RSVP.

7 P.M. Robin Gerber discusses and signs Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies From the First Lady of Courage at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Nicols Fox discusses and signs Against the Machine: The Hidden Luddite Tradition in Literature, Art and Individual Lives at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-347-5495.

7 P.M. Professor Myra Sklarew reads from and discusses Over the Rooftops of Time: Jewish Stories, Essays, Poems at Politics & Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, and Scott Simon, author of Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, discuss and sign their books at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-779-9300.

6 Friday 8 P.M. "Faith and Fiction" is the theme of the PEN/Faulkner reading with authors Pearl Abraham, Samina Ali and Ron Hansen at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $15; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

7 Saturday 9 A.M. The Fannie Robinson Black Authors Discussion Group is hosting a reading with A'Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, at the Church of the Redeemer, 1423 Girard St. NE. Call 202-832-0095 or e-mail lorireads@aol.com to RSVP. The church's annual holiday book sale will take place at 11 a.m., at the conclusion of the reading.

3 P.M. Al and Tipper Gore read from and discuss their two new books, Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family and the photo-essay book, The Spirit of Family, at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Gargoyle, an international literary magazine, launches its 45th issue with a host of guest readers, including Roxanna Font, Ross Taylor and Jonathan Vaile, at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 301-654-8664. Admission is $5 for nonmembers.

8 Sunday 2 P.M. Diane Leatherman reads from and discusses her new young-adult novel, Rebecca, A Maryland Farm Girl, at Toast & Strawberries boutique, 1608 20th St. NW, 202-234-1212.