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.
6:30 P.M. Paul Goldberger, architecture critic and dean of the Parsons School of Design, discusses Up From Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $17 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.
6:30 P.M. Jerzy Straszak discusses his new book, Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code (written with Wladyslaw Kozaczuk), in conversation with cryptology expert David Kahn at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers; call Ticketmaster at 800-551-SEAT or the museum at 202-393-7798 to RSVP.
7 P.M. New Yorker magazine writer Hendrik Hertzberg discusses and signs Politics: Observations & Arguments, 1966-2004, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Cheryl McGuiness, widow of the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center, discusses and signs her new memoir, Beauty Beyond the Ashes: Choosing Hope After Crisis, at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.
7 P.M. Activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader discusses and signs The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.
7 P.M. Ambassador Dennis Ross discusses and signs The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
1 P.M. Alan Furst reads from and signs his new espionage thriller, Dark Voyage, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553. He will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Olsson's-Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-3336.
7 P.M. A reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, author of the collections What a Kingdom It Was and The Book of Nightmares, opens the 2004-05 season of the "Writers Here and Now" series at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park. The reading takes place in the Ulrich Recital Hall in the Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. Call 301-405-3820 for details.
7 P.M. Robert Pinsky discusses An Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology, based on the popular feature he created during his term as United States poet laureate, as part of the Smithsonian Associates program at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. For ticket information, call 202-357-3030. Those attending are invited to bring a favorite memorized poem to share.
7 P.M. A. Scott Berg discusses and signs the paperback edition of his biography of Katharine Hepburn, Kate Remembered, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7 P.M. Poet Michael Collier introduces a reading by this year's winners of the Bakeless Publication Prizes (sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College). They are: for poetry, The Clerk's Tale, by Spencer Reece; for nonfiction, the memoir The Sparkling-Eyed Boy, by Amy Benson; and for fiction, Rear View, by Pete Duval. The event takes place at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. Readings by R.D. Baker, Christopher Conlon, Blair Ewing and Bernadette Geyer launch the fifth season of the Nora School Poetry Series held at the Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Call 301-495-6672 or visit www.nora-school.org for details.
6:30 P.M. Rique Johnson signs his new novel, Whispers from a Troubled Heart, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.
7 P.M. Helen Scully reads from and signs her new novel, In the Hope of Rising Again, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. Jody Jaffe and John Muncie, who write under the pseudonym John Jaffe, read from and sign their new novel, Shenandoah Summer, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.
11 A.M. David E. Meadows signs his newest Naval-Marine thriller, Joint Task Force: France, at Waldenbooks, Francis Scott Key Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Md., 301-663-6565.
7:30 P.M. Washington Musica Viva is sponsoring a reading by the new poet laureate of Maryland, Michael S. Glaser, whose work includes A Lover's Eye and the new Being a Father, at the BannerArts Studio, 4233C Howard Ave., Kensington, Md. Admission is $15; call 301-493-5729 for details.
The 34th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference ("Defining the Moment & the Movement"), being held at the Washington Convention Center Sept. 9-11, will include a host of authors discussing and signing their books daily at an Authors' Pavilion, hosted by Karibu Books. Authors planning to attend include Christopher Benson, Sheryll Cashin, Kevin Chavous, Ruth-Miriam Garnett, S. James Guitard, Edward P. Jones, Jonathan Luckett, Brenda Jones Miller, Kevin Powell, Ronald Walters and Zane. The Exhibit Hall, where the pavilion is located, is open to the public, but visitors will need to register for an open admissions badge, either online or at the convention's self-registration area. The convention center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. For details, visit www.cbcfinc.org.