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20 Monday

Noon. The "Books & Beyond" series presents a discussion and signing with A. Roger Ekirch, author of At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

6:30 P.M. Elizabeth Benedict reads from and signs her new suspense novel, The Practice of Deceit, at the Chevy Chase Public Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-0021.

6:30 P.M. Irmgard A. Hunt discusses and signs her new memoir, On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood, at the Cleveland Park Branch Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-3080.

7 P.M. Politics and Prose Bookstore hosts a reading and signing with Umberto Eco, author of The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, at Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Rd. NW. Tickets are $10 each, or two free with purchase of the book at P&P prior to the reading. For details, call the bookstore at 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. David Plotz discusses and signs The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. This event is part of the Washingtonian magazine book club. Plotz will also read on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Michael Collier, professor at the University of Maryland and former Maryland poet laureate, reads from his work as part of the poetry series at Cafe Toulouse, 2431 18th St. NW, 202-726-4680.

21 Tuesday

6:30 P.M. Julianne Malveaux discusses and signs the updated, paperback edition of The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism (edited with Reginna A. Green) at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. David Rothkopf discusses and signs Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore and Rosanne Singer read from their poetry as part of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series held at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park, 301-587-4954.

22 Wednesday

Noon. Paul Dickson and Thomas B. Allen discuss and sign The Bonus Army: An American Epic, their history of World War I's Bonus Expeditionary Force (BEF), at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., West Dining Room, 202-707-2138. They will also read on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

1 P.M. Steven Heine presents an informal seminar based on his new book, White Collar Zen: Using Zen Principles to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Your Career Goals, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

3 P.M. Gilbert Jonas, author of Freedom's Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle Against Racism in America, 1909-1969, and Richard M. Valelly, author of The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement, discuss and sign their work at the Woodrow Wilson Center, fifth floor conference room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-691-4147 to RSVP.

4 P.M. New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges discusses and signs Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Kermit Roosevelt, assistant professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, reads from and signs his new legal thriller, In the Shadow of the Law, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

23 Thursday

6 P.M. Jeff Bagato presents a slide-illustrated talk about his new travel guide, Mondo DC: An Insider's Guide to Washington, DC's Most Unusual Tourist Attractions, at the Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd fl., 202-299-0460.

7 P.M. Peter Quinn reads from and signs his new WWII thriller, Hour of the Cat, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Christopher Hitchens discusses and signs Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (part of the new "Eminent Lives" series of brief biographies) at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Adriana Trigiani reads from and signs her new novel, Rococo, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Bob Kinkead, chef and proprietor of the seafood restaurant Kinkead's, discusses and signs Kinkead's Cookbook: Recipes from Washington, D.C.'s Premiere Seafood Restaurant, at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

7:30 P.M. Pamela Kessler discusses and signs Undercover Washington: Where Famous Spies Lived, Worked, and Loved at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

8 P.M. Gargoyle Magazine celebrates its 50th issue with readings by poets and fiction writers featured in its pages, at the Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North 2nd & N. Columbus Sts. in Arlington, Va. Call 703-228-1850 or visit for details.

24 Friday

11:30 A.M. Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible and BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes from All Across America, presents a lecture, "Barbecue: A History of the World's Oldest Culinary Art," at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 202-707-0911.

7 P.M. Emily Yaffe discusses and signs What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Honor Moore reads from and signs her new collection of poems, Red Shoes, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. Marc Estrin reads from and signs his new novel, The Education of Arnold Hitler, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

25 Saturday

3 P.M. Tom Carhart discusses and signs The Lost Triumph: Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg -- and Why It Failed at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640.