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

13 Monday

6:30 P.M. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez signs her new novel, Playing with Boys, at Karibu-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Francisco Goldman reads from and signs his new novel, The Divine Husband, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

14 Tuesday

7 P.M. Jonathan Stroud reads from and signs his new young-adult fantasy novel, The Golem's Eye (book two of the Bartimaeus Trilogy), at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Louis de Bernieres reads from and signs his new novel, Birds Without Wings, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Sujata Massey reads from and signs her new Rei Shimura mystery, The Pearl Diver, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

15 Wednesday

7 P.M. T.C. Boyle reads from and signs his new novel, The Inner Circle, at the National Press Club, ballroom, 529 14th St. NW. This event is sponsored by Olsson's Books & Records. Tickets ($5) can be purchased at any of their locations except Reagan National Airport. For details, call 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Garret Keizer, a former Episcopalian minister and author of A Dresser of Sycamore Trees: The Finding of a Ministry, discusses and signs his new book, Help: The Original Human Dilemma, at the College of Preachers, 3510 Woodley Rd. NW on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. For details, call 202-537-6384 or visit

16 Thursday

6 P.M. Washington Independent Writers (WIW) is sponsoring an evening with Kitty Kelley discussing her new book, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, at the National Press Club. A q& a and signing follow. Admission at the door is $50 for the general public, $20 for WIW members. Tickets may be reserved in advance (for a reduced rate) by calling 202-737-9500 or e-mailing

6 P.M. The National Book Foundation is hosting a reading and discussion with the winners of the 2003 National Book Awards at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. They are: for fiction, Shirley Hazzard, author of The Great Fire; for nonfiction, Carlos Eire, author of the memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana; and for children's literature, Polly Horvath, author of The Caning Season. A reception and signing follow. For details, call 202-783-5000.

6:30 P.M. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a senior attorney with the National Resources Defense Council, discusses and signs his new book, Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy, at the National Press Club. Call 202-662-7129 or e-mail to RSVP.

7 P.M. Emma Donoghue, author of the new historical novel Life Mask, and Susanna Clarke, author of the new historical/fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, read from and discuss their work at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Eric Dezenhall reads from and signs his new political thriller, Shakedown Beach, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.

7:30 P.M. Christopher Conlon and Miles David Moore read from their poetry as part of the Cafe Muse series at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading concludes the program.

17 Friday

11 A.M. Children's author Eileen Christelow reads from and discusses her new picture books, Five Little Monkeys Play Hide-and-Seek and Vote! (new in paperback), at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. She will also read on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.

7 P.M. A reading by Vendela Vida, founder of the young people's writing center 826 Valencia and the author of the new novel And Now You Can Go, opens the 2004-05 literary series at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. A reception and signing follow. Admission is $10 for nonmembers; call 202-783-7370 or e-mail to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Steve Berry reads from and signs his new thriller, The Romanov Prophecy, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

18 Saturday

2 P.M. David Weinstein discusses and signs The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television at the Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie, Md. Call 301-390-1020 or e-mail for details.

4 P.M. The grand opening of the new Borders Books in Silver Spring, Md. (at 8518 Fenton St.) features a series of author events throughout the afternoon beginning with George Pelecanos reading from his new novel, Hard Revolution. At 5 p.m., Book World writer Michael Dirda discusses his Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments, followed at 6 p.m. by a reading from the new Maryland poet laureate, Michael S. Glaser, who will be joined by students from the D.C. WritersCorps and poet Etan Thomas.

5 P.M. Charles Baxter, Michael Collins and Edward Hirsch read excerpts from A William Maxwell Portrait: Memoirs and Appreciations (which they introduced and edited) at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

19 Sunday

2 P.M. Jonathan D. Sarna discusses and signs American Judaism: A History as part of the Smithsonian Associates program at the National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. Admission is $20 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

Special Notices

The Writer's Center, at 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Md., is holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. to highlight its fall workshop calendar and reading series. For details, call 301-654-8664 or visit

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library holds its 2nd-annual fall book sale Friday & Saturday, Sept. 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 901 G St. NW, 202-727-6834.

The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library holds its annual fall book sale on Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 18-19, from noon to 4 p.m. each day at its location, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-727-1345 for details.

Just a reminder -- the Fall for the Book literary festival, taking place on the campus of George Mason Univ. in Fairfax, Va., gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 18, and continues through Thursday, Sept. 23, packing in scores of author readings, panel discussions, workshops, children's events and musical entertainment. For details, visit