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20 Monday

12:30 P.M. Mary B. Morrison reads from and signs her new novel, Somebody's Gotta Be on Top, at Reprint Book Shop, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070. She will also read that afternoon at 5 p.m. at B. Dalton-Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202-289-1724.

7 P.M. Tim Junkin discusses and signs Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA along with the book's subject, Kirk Bloodsworth, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

21 Tuesday

1 P.M. Scott Turow discusses and signs Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553. He will also appear that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

7 P.M. Roya Hakakian discusses and signs her new memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md., 301-779-9300.

7 P.M. Nadine Cohodas discuses Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington in conversation with local radio host Larry Applebaum at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7:30 P.M. Graywolf Press celebrates 30 years of independent publishing with readings by Thomas Sayers Ellis, Percival Everett, Fanny Howe and Vijay Seshadri at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Publisher Fiona McCrae will introduce the evening. Tickets are $10; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

22 Wednesday

7 P.M. Douglas Waller discusses and signs A Question of Loyalty: Gen. Billy Mitchell and the Court-Martial that Gripped the Nation at Borders-Pentagon Centre, 1201 Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.

7 P.M. Liza Ward reads from and signs her new novel, Outside Valentine, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Gilles Kepel discusses and signs The War for Muslim Minds at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Rabbi Joshua Haberman discusses and signs Healing Psalms: The Dialogues with God That Help You Cope with Life at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

23 Thursday

12:30 P.M. Cornel West discusses and signs Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. He will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

1 P.M. W. Jackson Rushing III discusses and signs his new illustrated book on Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser, Allan Houser: An American Master, at the Indian Craft Shop in the U.S. Department of the Interior, 18th & C Sts. NW. He will be joined by members of the Houser family and David Rettig, curator of the Allan Houser Compound in Santa Fe, N.M. There will be another discussion at the same time and location on Friday, Sept. 24. The event is part of an open house in conjunction with the official opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall at Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW.

5:30 P.M. Toure reads from and signs his new novel, Soul City, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 202-238-2640. He will also read on Friday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. The evening lecture series at the National Zoo hosts William Souder discussing and signing Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of "The Birds of America" in the Visitor Center auditorium, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. To RSVP for the event, contact the series's new sponsor, the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), at 202-673-4925 or visit

7 P.M. Jennifer Weiner reads from and signs her new novel, Little Earthquakes, at Olsson's, Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Anthony Doerr reads from and signs his new novel, About Grace, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. Molecular biologist Dean Hamer discusses and signs The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into Our Genes at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7:30 P.M. Joe Loya discusses and signs his new memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.

8 P.M. A reading by Joyce Hackett, author of the novel Disturbance of the Inner Ear, opens the fall season of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series at George Washington Univ., Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Rm. B-07, 805 21st St. NW. Call 202-994-6180 for details.

26 Sunday

2 P.M. John M. Ferren, senior judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals and author of Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge, is joined by a host of former court officials and military personnel in a panel discussion, "The Supreme Court During Wartime and Its Aftermath," in the newly-opened William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The event concludes at 5 p.m., with a break scheduled for 3:40 p.m.; call 202-501-5000 to RSVP.

2 P.M. Meryle Secrest discusses and signs her new biography of international art dealer Joseph Duveen, Duveen: A Life in Art, at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 North Charles St., Baltimore, Md. Admission is $10 for nonmembers; call 410-547-9000, ext. 237 to RSVP.