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 Bookshop on our pages or log on to

17 Tuesday

12:30 P.M. Former congressman Bob Barr discusses and signs The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

7 P.M. Jasper Fforde reads from and signs his new Thursday Next novel, Something Rotten, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Naomi Ayala, Reuben Jackson and Valerie Jean read their work as part of the Grace Church Poetry Coffeehouse series held at the church's Georgetown location, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A free picnic on the church lawn begins at 6 p.m., compliments of Starbuck's Coffee.

18 Wednesday

1 P.M. Sujata Massey reads from and signs her new Rei Shimura mystery, The Pearl Diver, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 455 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Paul Rogat Loeb discusses a new anthology of essays, poetry and memoirs, The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Tess Gerritsen reads from and signs her new medical thriller, Body Double, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

19 Thursday

6:30 P.M. Karen E. Quinones Miller signs her new novel, Ida B., at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7:30 P.M. Rick Cannon, editor of the journal Poet Lore, and Sean Enright, author of the collection Goof and Other Stories, read their work as part of the Cafe Muse series at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797. An open reading concludes the program.

Special Notice

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is holding a tutor orientation session for volunteers interested in teaching adults to read, write and speak English on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, Md. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail for details and to register.