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 eg.washingtonpost.com/section/books.

30 Monday

3 P.M. John Blake discusses and signs Children of the Movement, his profiles of 24 sons and daughters of civil rights leaders, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. He will also talk on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Psychiatrist Grace Gabe discusses and signs Step Wars: Overcoming the Perils and Making Peace in Adult Stepfamilies (written with Jean Lipman-Blumen), at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

31 Tuesday

7 P.M. Michael Hardt discusses and signs Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (written with Antonio Negri) at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

1 Wednesday

7 P.M. Poets Ray Allard, Michael Gushue, Kim Schraf and Dan Vera read from the poems and prose of Brookland residents both past and present (including Sterling Brown, Ralph Bunche, Jean Kerr and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings) as part of Brookland Poetry Series #8 held at the Brookland Visitors Center, 3420 Ninth St. NE, 202-526-1632.

7 P.M. Akbar S. Ahmed, author of Resistance and Control in Pakistan and Postmodernism and Islam: Predicament and Promise, discusses his work after an introduction by Stephen Cohen from the Brookings Institution and Univ. of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

2 Thursday

6 P.M. Poets Andy Fogle, Bernadette Geyer, Jacqueline Jules and Tod Ibrahim share their work at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Va. The event is in conjunction with the current multi-media exhibit "Permission Granted," which features Arlington arts grant recipients. They can also be heard on the CD "31 Arlington Poets," the brainchild of local poet Rick Peabody and the product of one of the aforementioned grants. Call 703-228-7710 for details.

7 P.M. Young-adult author Walter Dean Myers and his son, illustrator Christopher Myers, who collaborated on the picture book Harlem: A Poem, discuss the art of bringing children's books to publication in an event at the National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, Constitution Ave. & 12th St. NW. Call 202-610-3290 or e-mail amrsvp@si.edu to RSVP. Myers is highlighted in the exhibition "All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak," now on display at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.

4 Saturday

1 P.M. Charles Ellison reads from and signs his new novel, Tantrum, at Karibu Books-Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730.

Special Notices

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8. In recognition, the Bookstores for Literacy event returns on Saturday, Sept. 4, when 10 Maryland bookstores will donate a portion of their receipts to benefit the Literacy Council of Montgomery County. Participating stores include: Big Planet Comics, Bonifant Books, Book Alcove, Booktopia, Cricket Book Shop, Georgetown Book Shop, Kensington Row Bookshop, Olsson's Books & Records (Bethesda), Russia On-Line and Silver Spring Books. For details, call 301-942-9292 or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.

The impending fall season brings both back-to-school and a host of literary festivals. First up is Fairfax County's sixth-annual Fall for the Book, being held Sept. 18-23 on the campus of George Mason Univ., at 4400 University Dr., with events catering to adults and children alike. Author readings include Edward P. Jones, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Known World, on Saturday, Sept. 18; former NPR correspondent (now XM Radio host) Bob Edwards, author of Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism, on Tuesday, Sept. 21; professor Cornell West, author of Democracy Matters, on Thursday, Sept. 23. There will be plenty of niche panel discussions as well, including three mystery/suspense and two science fiction chats on Saturday, Sept. 18; an evening with award-winning poet John Balaban on Monday, Sept. 20; the art of the biography with Meryle Secrest, author of books on Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Rodgers, on Wednesday, Sept. 22; and myriad other discussion groups on everything from writing poetry to writing for children. Other authors scheduled to attend include Ralph Eubanks, John Rolfe Gardiner, George Garrett, Joyce Johnson, Valerie Martin, Jill McCorkle, James McGrath Morris, Ved Mehta, Nani Power, Mark Satin, Francine Segan, Michelle Tea, Randall Wallace, James Webb and Edwin M. Yoder Jr. A highlight of the festival is the awarding of the Fairfax Prize, which debuted last year to recognize "lifetime achievement" in literature. Tobias Wolff, author of the memoir This Boy's Life and the novel Old School, was the 2003 prize-winner. Because of last year's Hurricane Isabel, he was unable to receive the award. That will be redressed on Saturday evening, Sept. 18 at a reading of his work. The 2004 winner is Joyce Carol Oates, whose new novel, The Falls, publishes in September. She will receive the award at a reception on the festival's closing night, Thursday, Sept. 23. For a complete schedule of events, call 202-334-4740 or visit

www.fallforthebook.org.