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.
7:30 P.M. Laurell K. Hamilton reads from and signs her new Anita Blake vampire novel, Incubus Dreams, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
3 P.M. John M. Ferren, senior judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals, discusses his new book, Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Judge Wiley Rutledge, with commentary from former Rutledge law clerk Stanley L. Temko, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.), 202-691-4147.
4:30 P.M. Award-winning poet Elizabeth Spires, author of the collections Worldling and Now the Green Blade Rises, takes part in the fall reading series presented by the O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Sophie Kerr Room in the Miller Library, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, Md., 410-778-2800.
6 P.M. Minnie Churchill, director of the Churchill Trust, discusses Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings, a catalogue written with art scholar David Coombs, at a dinner program sponsored by the English-Speaking Union and held at the Women's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission is $35 for non-ESU members. The evening begins with a reception, followed by dinner and a presentation/discussion. Call 202-234-4602 or visit www.esudc.org for details and to RSVP.
7 P.M. Cynthia Ozick reads from and signs her new novel, Heir to the Glimmering World, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
6:30 P.M. The National Museum of the American Indian premieres its "Native Writers Series" with a reading by Vine Deloria Jr., author of Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto and God is Red: A Native View of Religion, in the Main Theater at Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW (use the south entrance at that corner). Timed passes, normally needed to enter the museum, are not needed for this after-hours event. Call 202-633-1000 for details.
7 P.M. The Paul Peck Humanities Institute opens its 2004 "Books and Ideas" series with Howard Norman, author of the novel The Bird Artist and the recent travelogue My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries, and Preoccupations, and poet Jane Shore, author of the collections Eye Level and Happy Family, reading from their work at Montgomery College, Music Bldg., Rm. 126, 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville, Md., 301-251-7417.
7 P.M. Clarence Ashley discusses and signs CIA Spymaster at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 703-299-9124.
7 P.M. Orhan Pamuk reads from and signs his new novel, Snow, followed by a discussion and signing with Azar Nafisi for Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, at the Freer Gallery of Art, 12th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000. Pamuk will also read on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. New Yorker magazine writer Jon Lee Anderson discusses and signs The Fall of Baghdad at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. M.G. Vassanji reads from and signs his new novel, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall (winner of Canada's 2003 Giller Prize), at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses and signs A Black and White Case: How Affirmative Action Survived Its Greatest Legal Challenge at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4601 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.
7:30 P.M. CBS News producer Jennifer Beth Cohen discusses and signs her new memoir, Lying Together: My Russian Affair, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
7 P.M. CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer discusses and signs Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories From the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.
7:30 P.M. George Farah discusses and signs No Debate: How the Two Major Parties Secretly Ruin the Presidential Debates at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.
7:30 P.M. M.A. Schaffner, Jean-Sinclair Symmes and Dean Smith read from their poetry published in the Minimus Literary Magazine at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., 703-228-5990.
7 P.M. Neal Stephenson reads from and signs The System of the World, the third volume in his sf Baroque Cycle, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.
7 P.M. Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator David Macaulay discusses and signs his new architectural picture book, Mosque, at the Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Aves. NW.
7 P.M. Augusten Burroughs reads from and signs his new collection of autobiographical essays, Magical Thinking: True Stories, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7:30 P.M. The National Geographic Society's "LIVE!" program presents a discussion and signing with Anna Quindlen for her new book, Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City, at the society's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Call 202-857-7700 for ticket information and to RSVP.
5 P.M. Colm Toibin reads from and signs his new novel, The Master (short-listed for the Man Booker Prize), at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
6 P.M. Matthew Brzezinski discusses and signs Fortress America: On the Frontlines of Homeland Security -- An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
Trover Book Shop, at 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, holds its third annual Political Book Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring Bob Barr, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Eleanor Clift, Stephen Flynn, Sen. Bob Graham, John B. Judis, Ronald Kessler, Walter Mears, John J. Miller, Bill Press, Cokie Roberts and Ron Suskind. Call 202-547-2665 for details.