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.

12 Tuesday

4:30 P.M. Peter Turchi, director of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, reads from his new book, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, as part of the fall reading series sponsored by the O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Miller Library, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, Md., 410-778-2800. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

4:30 P.M. Victoria Christopher Murray reads from and signs her new novel, Truth Be Told, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. She will also read on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Univ. of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson discusses and signs Why Read? at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Ronald Kessler discusses and signs A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

7:30 P.M. Max Holland, contributing editor at the Nation magazine, discusses and signs The Kennedy Assassination Tapes at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.

8 P.M. Susan Richards Shreve, author of the novel Plum & Jaggers and the young-adult series featuring Joshua T. Bates, reads from her work as part of the Local Writers Initiative Reading Series at George Washington Univ., Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Rm. B-07, 805 21st St. NW, 202-994-6180.

13 Wednesday

7 P.M. Arthur Phillips reads from and signs his new novel, The Egyptologist, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. The "Writers Here & Now" series at the Univ. of Maryland hosts a reading by novelist Fred Leebron, author of Six Figures and In the Middle of All This, and poet and essayist Lia Purpura, author of the collections Increase and Stone Sky Lifting, in the Tawes Fine Arts Bldg., Ulrich Recital Hall, on the College Park campus, 301-405-3820.

14 Thursday

Noon. Carole Burns hosts an online chat with Anthony Doerr about his new novel, About Grace, as part of the "Off the Page" feature on washingtonpost.com.

7 P.M. Political consultant Dick Morris discusses and signs his new book on former President Bill Clinton, Because He Could (written with Eileen McGann), at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Malachy McCourt discusses and signs Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Susan Isaacs reads from and signs her new novel, Any Place I Hang My Hat, at Borders-Tyson's Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

7:30 P.M. Bob Colacello discusses and signs Ronnie & Nancy: Their Path to the White House -- 1911 to 1980 at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.

7:30 P.M. Students from the D.C. Writers Corps join Kenneth Carroll and E. Ethelbert Miller for a poetry reading at the Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md., 301-495-6672.

15 Friday

1 P.M. Comedian Jon Stewart and Ben Karlin sign copies of America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, created by Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine reads from his new collection, Breath, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Sonia Shah and Michael T. Klare discuss and sign their new books, Crude: The Story of Oil and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency, respectively, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. The PEN/Faulkner series presents "A Conversation on War" with novelists James Carroll, Alexsandar Hemon and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $15; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

16 Saturday

1 P.M. Oxford Univ. Press celebrates the release of the multi-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America with a forum of contributing writers, chefs and critics discussing the new book at the National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. They will be joined by curators from the museum's exhibit "Bon Appetit: Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian."

4:30 P.M. Elaine Cassel, author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, Mark Andersen, author of All the Power: Revolution Without Illusion, and Mickey Z., author of The Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda, take part in "Outside the Ballot Box: Election 2004 and Beyond," a reading and discussion event at the Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, Va. Visit www.pressaction.com or call 703-477-1011 for details.

6 P.M. Christopher Buckley reads from and signs his new comic novel, Florence of Arabia, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

17 Sunday

2 P.M. Sarah Greenough, curator and head of the department of photography at the National Gallery of Art, discusses and signs All the Mighty World: The Photography of Roger Fenton, 1852-1860 (companion to the exhibition opening that day), in the gallery's East Building, Fourth & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215.

4 P.M. Edwin Black reads from and discusses Banking On Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-Year History of War, Profit, and Conflict at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 301-881-0237. He will also read that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Tzedek, 10621 S. Glen Rd., Potomac, Md. Call Debbie at 301-299-0225 to RSVP.

Special Notices

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide hold their annual book fair over the weekends of Oct. 16 & 17 and Oct. 23 & 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the U.S. Dept. of State, Diplomatic Exhibit Hall, entrance on C St. between 21st & 23rd Sts. NW. Besides used books from around the world, the event will feature art objects, collectibles, stamps and coins. For details, call 202-223-5796.

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library hold their semi-annual used book sale on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library's location, 101 Philadelphia Ave. The rain location will be the Takoma Park Municipal Building. Call 301-891-7259 for details.

The Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library, at 3915 Chain Bridge Rd. in Fairfax, Va., hold their fall book sale Oct. 14-16. Hours are: Thursday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. to 9. p.m.; Friday & Saturday, Oct. 15 & 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-293-6227 for details.