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.

25 Monday

10:30 A.M. Mo Willems, Caldecott Honor-winning children's author, reads from and signs his new picture book, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. He will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Stephen Elliott discusses and signs Looking Forward to It: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Max Frankel discusses and signs High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

26 Tuesday

1 P.M. Carole Burns hosts an online discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman for his new book, In the Shadow of No Towers, as part of the "Off the Page" feature on washingtonpost.com.

6:30 P.M. The Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series hosts a reading by Ernest B. Furgurson for his new book, Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Rm., 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

6:30 P.M. Photographer and author Elizabeth Gill Lui presents a lecture drawn from her new book, Building Diplomacy: The Architecture of American Embassies, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, 202-272-2448. Admission is $15 for nonmembers.

7 P.M. Richard Myers hosts a discussion, "Unique Perspectives: How the IWG Historians Contributed to the Release and Understanding of Classified War Crimes Records," with Richard Breitman, Norman J.W. Goda, Timothy Naftali and Robert Wolfe, authors of U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis, at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-501-5000.

7 P.M. A.J. Jacobs discusses and signs The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Richard Rhodes discusses and signs John James Audubon: The Making of an American, at the Audubon Naturalist Society, Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-652-9188.

27 Wednesday

Noon. The Library of Congress opens the fall season of its "Poetry at Noon" series with a focus on children's poetry and readings by Sheree Fitch, Laura Krauss Melmed and Mary Quattlebaum at the James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theater, 202-707-1308.

6:30 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams reads from and signs her new novel, Harbor, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Call 202-662-7129 or e-mail jean@press.org to RSVP.

7 P.M. Stanley Crouch discusses and signs The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Poet Alan Shapiro, author of the collection Mixed Company and the memoir The Last Happy Occasion, reads from his work as part of the "Writers Here & Now" series at the Univ. of Maryland, Tawes Fine Arts Bldg., Ulrich Recital Hall, College Park, Md., 301-405-3820.

7 P.M. Attorney David Boies discusses and signs Courting Justice: From the NY Yankees v. Major League Baseball to Bush v. Gore, 1997-2000, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new thriller, Hour Game, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

28 Thursday

12:30 P.M. Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine, joins Ronald Bailey, Charles Paul Freund, Jacob Sullum and Jesse Walker in a discussion of the new anthology Choice: The Best of Reason, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) and the National Woman's Party hold a book launch for Grace and Gravity: Fiction By Washington Area Women (ed. by Richard Peabody), featuring readings by some of the 32 contributors to the anthology at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Admission is $10 for nonmembers; call 202-275-2187 or e-mail esolliewnba@aol.com to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Ved Mehta discusses and signs The Red Letters: My Father's Enchanted Period (the conclusion of his "Continents of Exile" series) at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

8 P.M. Thomas Mallon, author of the novels Henry and Clara and the recent Bandbox, reads from and discusses his work as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series at George Washington Univ., Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Rm. B-07, 805 21st St. NW, 202-994-6180.

29 Friday

1 P.M. Robert M. Poole, former executive editor of National Geographic magazine, discusses and signs Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. David Satter, former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, discusses and signs Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State at Russia Online, 3800 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-933-0607.

8 P.M. Russell Banks, author of the novels The Sweet Hereafter and the just-released The Darling, reads from his work at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A signing follows. Tickets for this PEN/Faulkner reading are $15; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.