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

22 Monday

1 P.M. Anthony Bourdain, executive chef at the Brasserie Les Halles in NYC, discusses and signs Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking, as well as offering samples of recipes from the book, at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

5 P.M. Children's author Jacqueline Jules reads from and signs her new picture book, Noah and the Ziz (illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.

6:30 P.M. Marc Pachter moderates a panel discussion on the art of biography with Christopher Hitchens, author of a forthcoming biography of Thomas Jefferson, Francine Prose, author of The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired, and Michael Korda, author of Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero, as part of the Smithsonian Associates program held at the Smithsonian Commons, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Latino poets Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande, and Enrique Cortazar, author of Variations Upon a Nostalgia (in Spanish), read from their work as part of the poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $10; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Kay Redfield Jamison discusses and signs Exuberance: The Passion for Life at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

23 Tuesday

7 P.M. Joseph S. Nye Jr., dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Univ., reads from and signs his new political thriller, The Power Game, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Lucinda Ebersole and Richard Peabody, editors of the literary journal Gargoyle, launch the new issue with readings by some of the contributors at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 455 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. Burt Solomon, a contributing editor to the National Journal, discusses and signs The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.

27 Saturday

5 P.M. Sonsyrea Tate discusses and signs her memoir, Little X: Growing Up in the Nation of Islam, at Karibu-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

28 Sunday

5 P.M. NYU professor Hasia R. Diner discusses and signs The Jews of the United States (volume four -- 1654-2000 -- of the Jewish Communities in the Modern World series) at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

Malice Domestic is accepting submissions for their 11th-annual William F. Deeck Grant for Unpublished Writers, created to assist fledgling writers in the genre of the traditional (cozy) mystery with the awarding of two $1000 grants. To be eligible, contestants must not have published in the mystery field in any form, be it in print, electronic or audio. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15, 2004. The winner will be announced at the group's annual convention, Malice Domestic XVII, being held April 29-May 1, 2005. For complete guidelines, visit

The Oyster Bilingual Elementary School holds its Holiday Book Fair Nov. 29-Dec. 4 at 29th & Calvert Sts. NW, with books in English and Spanish from more than 100 publishers. Hours are: Monday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 202-671-3035.