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. Margot Livesey reads from and signs her new novel, Banishing Verona, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.
7 P.M. Roddy Doyle reads from and signs his new novel, Oh, Play That Thing, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Washington Post writer Michael Leahy discusses and signs When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7:30 P.M. Soheir Khashoggi reads from and signs her new novel, Mosaic, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
7:30 P.M. Jeff Shaara reads from and signs his new WWI-era novel, To the Last Man, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761. He will also appear on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at Trover Book Shop, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-BOOK, and then again that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
5:30 P.M. The Lannan Poetry Series hosts a seminar and reading, "The Sound of Text," with electroacoustic musician and poet Charles Amirkhanian and Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk at Georgetown Univ., Intercultural Center, 37th & O Sts. NW. The seminar, at 5:30 p.m., will be in Rm. 462; the reading, at 8 p.m., will be in Rm. 115. Call 202-687-5445 for details.
7 P.M. Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys signs her new book, Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, at Olsson's-Courthouse. Free passes to the event (one per person) will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Call 703-525-4227 for details.
7 P.M. Madison Smartt Bell reads from and signs his new novel, The Stone That the Builder Refused, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Journalist Timothy Garton Ash discusses and signs Free World: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
6:30 P.M. J. California Cooper reads from and signs her new novel, Some People, Some Other Place, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Ave., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494. She will also read on Friday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140, and then again on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.
7 P.M. Clayton E. Swisher discusses and signs The Truth About Camp David: The Untold Story of Arafat, Barak, Clinton, and the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.
7 P.M. Michael J. Ybarra discusses and signs Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999. He will also read on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Biologist Richard Dawkins discusses and signs The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 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 Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.
8 P.M. Richard Bausch, author of the novels The Last Good Time and Wives & Lovers, and Nell Freudenberg, author of the short story collection Lucky Girls, read from their work as part of the 2004 PEN/Faulkner Malamud Award Memorial Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $15; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.
Noon. Michael W. Kauffman discusses and signs American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies at the Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton, Md. His remarks will be at 12:30 p.m.; he will be signing until 4 p.m. Call 301-868-1121 or visit www.surratt.org for details.
4 P.M. The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) celebrates 30 years with an evening of readings by former Maryland poet laureates Lucille Clifton, Michael Collier, Linda Pastan and Reed Whittemore, and current poet laureate Michael Glaser, at the Howard Community College, ILB 100, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $30. Call 410-772-4568 for details and to RSVP.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington holds its annual Book Festival beginning Sunday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 14, at 6125 Montrose Rd. in Rockville, Md. Among the special features of this 35th anniversary event, which include a cookbook author series, Israeli wine tasting, musical programs and a wide array of activities for children, some of the authors scheduled to appear include Ruth Gruber, Joyce Hackett, Robert Kurson, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Aaron Lansky, Joan Nathan, Judea Pearl, Naomi Ragen, Bryan Mark Rigg, Dennis Ross and Jennifer Weiner. Hours are: Sunday, Nov. 7 to Thursday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, call the JCC box office at 301-348-3805 or visit www.jccgw.org.