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6 Tuesday

6 P.M. Bill Lofy discusses and signs Paul Wellstone: The Life of a Passionate Progressive, his biography of the late Minnesota senator, at the Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-232-7363 or e-mail to RSVP.

7 P.M. The Washington Literary Salon series debuts with readings by poets Frannie Lindsay, author of Where She Always Was (winner of the 2004 May Swenson Poetry Award), and Dana Roeser, author of Beautiful Motion (winner of the 2004 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize), at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 Wednesday

6 P.M. History professor Steven Watts discusses and signs The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Adam Langer reads from and signs his new novel, The Washington Story, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

8 Thursday

12:30 P.M. Rep. Curt Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, signs his new book, Countdown to Terror: The Top-Secret Information That Could Prevent the Next Terrorist Attack on America ... And How the CIA Has Ignored It, at the Trover Shop, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-BOOK.

7 P.M. Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for the New York Times, discusses and signs The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Admission is $20 for nonmembers; call 202-639-1703 for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. Washington Post correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Shadid discusses and signs Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. This event is part of the Washingtonian magazine's monthly book club.

7:30 P.M. The Nora School Poetry Reading Series opens its sixth season with readings by Karren Alenier, Christopher Conlon, Robert L. Giron, Peter Klappert, E. Ethelbert Miller and Gregg Shapiro, all contributors to the anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders (ed. by Robert L. Giron), at the Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Call 301-495-6672 or visit for details.

7:30 P.M. Kay Redfield Jamison discusses and signs Exuberance: The Passion for Life at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

9 Friday

Noon. Television pastor Joel Osteen signs Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

6:30 P.M. Mary Frances Berry, former chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, discusses and signs My Face is Black is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Adam Nicolson discusses and signs Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. The new season of PEN/Faulkner readings begins with Bebe Moore Campbell, author of the new novel 72 Hour Hold, presenting the annual William Faulkner Birthday Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 202-544-7077 or visiting

10 Saturday

2 P.M. Jan Cullinane, author of The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (written with Cathy Fitzgerald), presents a seminar based on the book at the LiveSouth Real Estate Show being held Sept. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St., Reston, Va. She will hold another seminar on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. To RSVP for a seminar or for details about the LiveSouth Real Estate Show, call 888-248-3252 or visit

2:30 P.M. Jeff Alt, activist and hiking commentator for ESPN's "Inside America's National Parks," discusses and signs his new book, A Hike for Mike: An Uplifting Adventure Across the Sierra Nevada for Depression Awareness, after leading a hike to Capitol Hill in support of suicide prevention awareness, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

4 P.M. Jeff Bagato discusses and signs Mondo DC: An Insider's Guide to Washington, DC's Most Unusual Tourist Attractions at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.

5 P.M. K'wan signs his new novel, Hoodlum, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

11 Sunday

3:30 P.M. TransAfrica Forum's Writers' Corner and Readers' Corner series present a reading by Dominican author Nelly Rosario from her novel Song of the Water Saints at 1426 21st St. NW. There is a $5 suggested donation; for details and to RSVP, call 202-223-1960, ext. 132, or e-mail

4 P.M. Sam Benson discusses and signs Don't Let the World Pass You By!: 52 Reasons to Have a Passport at Candida's World of Books, 202-667-4811.

4:30 P.M. Marc Leepson discusses and signs Flag: An American Biography at the Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St., Purcellville, Va., 540-338-7235.

6 P.M. The Iota Poetry Series celebrates its 11th anniversary with a release party for its new live CD featuring 40 Washington-area poets reading from their work, recorded at last year's 10th anniversary festivities, at the Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. Poets scheduled to read include Grace Cavalieri, Patricia Gray, Reuben Jackson, Hiram Larew, Lyn Lifshin, Rose Solari and Jonathan Vaile. There will be no open reading. Call 703-522-8340 for details.

7 P.M. The L.I.F.E. (Learning is for Everyone) Lecture Series at B'nai Israel Congregation presents Naomi Harris Rosenblatt discussing After the Apple: Women in the Bible: Timeless Stories of Love, Lust, and Longing at 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Md. A signing follows. Call 301-881-6550, ext. 571 for details.

Special Notices

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, at 901 G St. NW, will hold its fall used book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, rain or shine. For details and to volunteer, call 202-727-4968 or visit

The Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library will hold its fall book sale Sept. 15-17 at the library's location, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, Va. Hours are: Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-293-6227 for details.

The Friends of the Northeast Library, at 330 Seventh St. NE, will hold a used book sale on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 202-698-3320 for details.

The McLean, Va. branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold a used book sale Sept. 16-18 at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. Hours are: Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 18, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 703-726-6470 or visit for details.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an orientation session for prospective tutors interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., and again at 7:30 p.m., at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, Md. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail for details and to register.

The Volunteer Learning Program (VLP), a joint project of Fairfax County's Public Schools (Adult & Community Education), Public Library and Juvenile Court, is looking for volunteers for day and evening hours to work as one-on-one tutors with adults looking to complete high school. The program provides volunteer training, assessment of the adult learners and follow-up support. For details about opportunities this fall, call 703-246-2139 or e-mail

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a tutor training workshop for volunteers interested in helping adults improve their literacy skills over three consecutive Saturdays, September 10, 17 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (participants must attend all sessions) at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. A fee of $35 (covering the cost of books and materials) applies; call 703-237-0866 for details.

The Washington Literacy Council, a volunteer organization helping adults learn to read, will hold a training workshop for prospective tutors over three consecutive Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening (must attend all sessions), at its location, 1918 18th St. NW, Ste. B-2. Call 202-387-9029 for details.

Adam Langer, Sept. 7Mary Frances Berry, Sept. 9