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.
Noon. Professor John F. Marszalek presents a lecture, "The General Who Refused to Command: Gen. Henry W. Hallek and the Civil War," drawn from his new book, Commander of All Lincoln's Armies: A Life of General Henry W. Hallek, at the National Archives, Rm. 122, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-501-5000.
7 P.M. Jay Parini discusses and signs One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Alan Richman, GQ magazine's restaurant critic, discusses and signs Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.
1 P.M. British chef Nigel Slater discusses and signs his new memoir, Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Gary Giddins discusses Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century, in conversation with Jazz Times publisher Lee Mergner, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7 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-Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-8244.
7:30 P.M. Pastor Max Lucado discusses and signs his new book on faith, Come Thirsty, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
6:30 P.M. Theoretical physicist Stephen D. Unwin discusses and signs The Probability of God: A Simple Calculation That Proves the Ultimate Truth at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 2021 K St. NW, 202-223-3327.
6:30 P.M. James B. Garrison discusses and signs Mastering Tradition: The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.
7 P.M. Local historian Ed Hotaling discusses and signs Wink: The Incredible Life and Epic Journey of Jimmy Winkfield at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176. He will also speak on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 703-299-9124.
7:30 P.M. Madison Smartt Bell reads from and signs his new novel, The Stone That the Builder Refused, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
8 P.M. Terence Winch, writer, musician and author of the poetry collection The Drift of Things and That Special Place: New World Irish Stories, reads from and performs 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.
Noon. Clarence Ashley discusses and signs his new book on George Kisevalter, CIA SpyMaster, at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, 202-393-7798.
7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis discusses and signs his new biography, His Excellency: George Washington, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Harriet Scott Chessman reads from and signs her new novel, Someone Not Really Her Mother, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Poet Glyn Maxwell, author of the collections The Breakage and Time's Fool, and writer and novelist Francine Prose, author of The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired, read from their work as part of the "Writers Here & Now" series at the Univ. of Maryland, Tawes Fine Arts Bldg., Ulrich Recital Hall, College Park, 301-405-3820.
7 P.M. Martin Cruz Smith reads from and signs his new Arkady Renko novel, Wolves Eat Dogs, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.
7:30 P.M. The Cafe Muse series presents readings from poets Jody Bolz and Gary Stein at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading concludes the program.
6:30 P.M. Jonathan Luckett signs his new novel, How Ya Livin', at Karibu Books-Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140. He will also sign on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.
7 P.M. Science fiction writers Octavia E. Butler and Samuel R. Delaney, authors of Kindred and Dhalgren, respectively, discuss the sci-fi genre and sign their work at the National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 12th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. The event is in conjunction with the exhibit "All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak," presently on display at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History & Culture at 1901 Fort Pl. SE. For details and to RSVP, call 202-610-3290 or e-mail AMRSVP@si.edu.
7 P.M. Kenneth Pollack discusses and signs The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Baltimore Sun journalist Robert Timberg discusses and signs State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.
5:30 P.M. Alastair Reid, translator of much of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's later work, including the collections On the Blue Shore of Silence, Extravagaria and Isla Negra, presents a free discussion and signing of his work prior to the 7 p.m. performance of "Returning to Neruda's World," a poetry cabaret sponsored in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and held at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. The performance runs from Nov. 14 to Nov. 22. For ticket information, as well as details about Alastair Reid's one-time appearance, call 202-518-0152.
1:30 P.M. Children's author Valerie Tripp, author of the "Hopscotch Hill School" series and books in the "American Girl" series, discusses her newest story, Nellie's Promise, at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.
7 P.M. The Kol Shalom Distinguished Speakers Series hosts a reading and discussion with David Brooks, author of On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Call 301-493-8198 for details.
The National Press Club holds its 27th Annual Book Fair & Authors' Night on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW. The event, a fundraiser for the club's Eric Friedheim Library, will feature more than 50 writers signing their work, including Joel Achenbach, Bob Edwards, Kinky Friedman, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Malachy McCourt, George McGovern and Michelle Singletary. Admission is free for club members, $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the NPC (202-662-7501) or at Olsson's Books (202-638-7610).