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 P.M. Fritz Ottenheimer discusses his new memoir, Escape and Return: Memories of Nazi Germany, as part of the "Reston Presents" series at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston, Va. For details, call 703-689-3550.
7:30 P.M. The Nextbook reading series, sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library and the D.C. Jewish Community Center, hosts a reading by Daniel Mendelsohn, author of The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity, at the D.C. JCC, 1529 16th St. NW. For details, call 202-777-3251 or visit www.nextbook.org.
1 P.M. Mark Helprin reads from and signs The Pacific and Other Stories at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
4:30 P.M. Herb Boyd discusses and signs We Shall Overcome: The History of the Civil Rights Movement As It Happened at Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640.
6:30 P.M. Poets Naomi Ayala, Rei Berroa, Robert Giron, Consuelo Hernandez and Gladys Ilarregui take part in "Latino Poets and Their Books," a bilingual reading at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 202-727-1183.
8 P.M. Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising, Master of the Crossroads and the forthcoming The Stone That the Builder Refused (the conclusion of his Haitian trilogy), reads from and signs his 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.
5 P.M. College student Scott Goldstein signs his new book on political activism, The Tea Is in the Harbor, at the American Univ. campus store, Butler Pavilion, 3rd. fl., 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-6320.
6:30 P.M. Historian James Goode presents a lecture drawn from his book, Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $17 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.
7 P.M. David Lodge reads from and signs his novel about Henry James, Author, Author, at the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW. Tickets ($5) are available at any Olsson's Books & Records location, except Reagan National Airport. For details and to RSVP, call 202-638-7610.
7 P.M. Tom Philpott discusses and signs Glory Denied: The Saga of Vietnam Veteran Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War as part of the "Books and Ideas" series presented by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, Campus Center Bldg., Student Lounge, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md. Call 301-251-7417 for details.
7 P.M. Eric Dinerstein, chief scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, discusses and signs The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros at the National Zoo, Visitors' Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. To RSVP for this event (signing at 7 p.m., lecture at 8 p.m.) call FONZ at 202-673-4925 or visit www.fonz.org/lectures.htm.
7:30 P.M. Washington Post education columnist Evelyn Porreca Vuko discusses and signs Teacher Says: 30 Foolproof Ways to Help Kids Thrive in School at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.
7:30 P.M. Winslow T. Wheeler, a former security expert for the U.S. Senate and GAO, discusses and signs The Wastrels of Defense: How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
7 P.M. Anatol Lieven, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment, discusses and signs America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
1 P.M. Christopher Corbett discusses and signs Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. For details, call 202-633-5533 or visit www.postal.si.edu.
1 P.M. Peter Duffy, author of The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest, is joined by Holocaust survivor Aron Bell and his son, Alan Bell, for a signing at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum bookstore, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW, 202-488-0400. They will also appear at the same time and location on Sunday, Nov. 7.
6 P.M. Robert Timberg discusses and signs State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
The Kennedy Center holds its Ninth Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Roof Level Atrium and Galleries. Through readings, music and interactive workshops, kids and their families can explore the lives and cultures of African, African American, Asian American, Indian, Latino and Native American peoples. The Kennedy Center is at 2700 F St. NW. For a complete schedule of events and information about tickets, call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.