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.
11:30 A.M. The charitable organization NA'AMAT holds its Annual Book & Author Luncheon celebrating the 350th anniversary of Jews in America with readings and discussions by Martin Goldsmith, author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany, and Joseph Berger, author of Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust, at Maggiano's Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $40; to RSVP, call 301-649-4901.
7 P.M. Courtney Angela Brkic discusses and signs her memoir of her work with the U.N. International War Crimes Tribunal in Bosnia, The Stone Fields: An Epitaph for the Living, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7 P.M. Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, investigative journalists at Time magazine, discuss and sign Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business and Bad Medicine at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Ha Jin reads from and signs his new novel, War Trash, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Valerie Wilson Wesley reads from and signs her new Tamara Hayle mystery, Dying in the Dark, at the New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton, Md., 301-699-3500.
7 P.M. Comedian George Carlin discusses and signs his new book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. Tickets for the event will be distributed (one per person) at the store at 8 a.m.
7:30 P.M. Frank Schaeffer discusses and signs Voices From the Front: Letters Home From the Soldiers of Gulf War II, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.
7:30 P.M. Poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Mark McMorris, authors of the collections How We Sleep On the Nights We Don't Make Love and The Blaze of the Poui, respectively, read from their work at Grace Church Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-7100.
6 P.M. Ann Telnaes, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, discusses and signs her new collection, Humor's Edge, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.
7 P.M. Benjamin R. Barber discusses and signs Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.
8 P.M. Adam Haslett reads from his latest collection of stories, You Are Not a Stranger Here (finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award), at American Univ., Butler Pavilion board room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-2973.
12:30 P.M. Defense policy expert Ivan Eland discusses and signs The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 202-347-0176.
6:30 P.M. Michele K. Spike discusses and signs her new biography, Tuscan Countess: The Life and Extraordinary Times of Matilda of Canossa, at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.
6:30 P.M. Rosalyn Story signs her new novel, More Than You Know, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
7 P.M. Thomas Hamill, the U.S. contractor kidnapped in Iraq, discusses and signs his new memoir, Escape in Iraq, at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640.
7 P.M. John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin discuss and sign Cats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book (with photos by Art Wolfe) at the National Zoo, Visitors' Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The signing takes place first, followed by a lecture at 8 p.m. Call 202-673-4925 or visit www.fonz.org/lectures.htm to RSVP.
7:30 P.M. The American Association for the Advancement of Science hosts a discussion with scientist Victor Wouk and his brother, novelist Herman Wouk, author of War and Remembrance and the recent A Hole in Texas, at the AAAS Auditorium, 1200 New York Ave. NW. Admission is $35; call 800-215-1969 to RSVP.
7:30 P.M. James Webb, novelist and former secretary of the Navy, discusses and signs Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
7:30 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edwin M. Yoder Jr. discusses and signs Telling Others What to Think: Recollections of a Pundit at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
1 P.M. Dan Fesperman reads from and signs his new espionage thriller, The Warlord's Son, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. Reginald Gibbons, author of the collections It's Time and Sparrow: New and Selected Poems, presents the 2004 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $10; call 202-544-7077.
1 P.M. The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, at 1901 Fort Place SE, is holding an "Author's Day" with Cheryl Robinson, author of A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows, and Paula Hines Lonergan, author of A Titan of a Man: A Coach of the Famous '71 Titans Who Inspired Generations of Young People, discussing and signing their books along with the subjects they profile. For details, call 202-633-1000.
6 P.M. Margaret Drabble reads from and signs her new novel, The Red Queen, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
1:30 P.M. Mo Willems, Caldecott Honor-winner and Emmy Award-winning writer for "Sesame Street," discusses and signs his new picture book, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.
The Ninth Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 beginning at 8 a.m. at Montgomery College, M.C. Theatre Arts Bldg., 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville, Md. The day-long event features numerous lectures, seminars and writing workshops, enabling writers and readers alike to interact with a range of authors and professionals. Headlining this year's conference are National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott, Book World writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Dirda and writer Grace Paley, who will be presented with the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature at the award ceremony at 6 p.m. Registration for the full day is $70; for the evening reception/awards ceremony only, tickets are $25. For details and to RSVP, call 301-309-9461 or visit www.peerlessrockville.org.
The Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library will hold their fall used book sale Friday, Oct. 22 & Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24 (clearance day), from noon to 3 p.m. at 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, Va., 703-502-3883.