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

27 Monday

6 P.M. Anthropologist Lesley Gill discusses and signs The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas, a profile of the U.S. Army center at Fort Benning, Ga., at the Stewart Moss House, 122 Maryland Ave. SE, 202-546-3732.

7 P.M. Caldecott Medal-winning children's author and illustrator Peter Sis discusses and signs his new picture book, The Train of States, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

28 Tuesday

7 P.M. Diana Butler Bass discusses and signs Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship at the College of Preachers, 3510 Woodley Rd. NW on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. Call 202-537-6380 for details.

7 P.M. Lorraine Adams reads from and signs her new novel, Harbor, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. David Schickler reads from and signs his new novel, Sweet and Vicious, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Jonathan Vaile reads from his poetry featured in the Minimus Literary Journal at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237. An open reading will start the evening.

29 Wednesday

6 P.M. Children's author Brian Jacques reads from and discusses his new Redwall tale, Rakkety Tam, at A Likely Story Children's Bookshop, 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-836-2498.

6 P.M. Former presidential candidate Howard Dean discusses and signs You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America (written with Judith Warner) at Olsson's-Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-3336. Please note: There will be no q&a and no personal inscriptions in books.

7 P.M. Paul Grayson, Hiram Larew and Lyn Lifshin read their poetry at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.

7 P.M. Chita Banerjee Divakaruni reads from and signs her new novel, Queen of Dreams, in an event cosponsored by the Asia Society at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Jeremy Rifkin discusses and signs The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby discusses and signs his new book on World Bank president James Wolfensohn, The World's Banker: A Story of Failed States, Financial Crises, and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

30 Thursday

12:30 P.M. South African musician Hugh Masekela discusses his new memoir, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela (written with D. Michael Cheers), in conversation with Murray Horwitz at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

12:30 P.M. Deames M. Bynum signs his new mystery novel, Renaissance Murder, at Reprint Book Shop, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070.

6:30 P.M. Editorial cartoonist and illustrator Steve Brodner discusses and signs his work, including Freedom Fries: The Political Art of Steve Brodner, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610. He will also speak on Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. at the International Comic Art Festival, and sign his work at the Small Press Expo (a venue for independent comic writers and publishers to showcase their work) on both Friday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 3. The events will be held concurrently at the Holiday Inn Select, 8120 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, Md. Tickets are available at the door; for details, visit

7:30 P.M. Colin Channer reads from and signs his new novel, Passing Through, at the Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, Md., 301-699-3500.

2 Saturday

2 P.M. Maya Angelou discusses and signs Hallelujah!: The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories and Recipes at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

Special Notices

The sixth annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will be held at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. NW) October 2-12, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, with Isaiah Sheffer hosting National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts: Isaac Bashevis Singer -- Becoming an American Writer," featuring readings by Broadway actors. A reception follows. Highlights include readings and discussions from the following authors: ambassador Dennis Ross on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m.; Book World senior editor Warren Bass on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.; A.J. Jacobs on Monday,. Oct. 4, at 8:30 p.m.; Rachel Cohen on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m.; cartoonist Jules Feiffer discussing his work in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit "Julz Rulz: Inside the Mind of Jules Feiffer" in the center's Ann Bronfman Gallery on Monday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The festival concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 12, with Leonard Fein, founder of Moment magazine, presenting a lecture, "Jewish Life and Literature: Texts and Subtexts," at 8 p.m. A reception follows. For the complete festival schedule and to RSVP for individual talks, call 202-777-3254 or e-mail The events listed above, except for those on the festival's opening and closing nights, are free, but reservations are recommended.

American Univ. is hosting a Pablo Neruda Centennial Tribute, celebrating the birth of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in the university's Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A host of translators and writers, including Chilean poet Delia Dominguez, poet Galway Kinnell and professor and writer Ilan Stavans, will read from and discuss the Neruda canon. For details, call 202-885-2973.

The Reston Regional Library, at 11925 Bowman Center Dr. in Reston, Va., holds its semi-annual used book sale Oct. 1-3. Hours are: Friday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 3, noon to 3:30 p.m. For details, call 703-689-2700.