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12 Monday

7 P.M. Blues legend B.B. King signs The B.B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music From B.B. King's Collection (compiled with Dick Waterman), being published on the occasion of his 80th birthday, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Acclaimed Web designer Hillman Curtis presents a lecture, "Making the Invisible Visible," and signs his new book, Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web, 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. Noah Feldman discusses and signs Divided by God: America's Church-State Problem -- And What We Should Do About It at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Jewell Parker Rhodes reads from and signs her new Marie Laveau mystery, Voodoo Season, at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.

13 Tuesday

6:30 P.M. Tamara T. Gregory signs her new novel, Passport Diaries, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

6:30 P.M. Marc Siegel, practicing internist and syndicated columnist, discusses and signs False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear at Borders-14th St., 600 14th St. NW, 202-737-1385.

7 P.M. Maurice Ashley, 1999 international chess grandmaster, discusses and signs Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens at the Hyattsville Branch Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, Md., 301-985-4690.

7 P.M. Terry Pratchett reads from and signs his newest Discworld novel, Thud!, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Kim Addonizio reads from and signs her new novel, Little Beauties, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Phillip Hoose reads from and discusses his young-adult novel The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, which relates the story of the Ivory-billed woodpecker, at the National Zoo, Visitors Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The book signing is at 7 p.m. followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m.; call 202-633-4085 or visit for details and to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. The "New Voices" series, designed to introduce emerging poets to the community and honor mentoring poets, begins its fall season with readings by poet Rod Jellema and some of his students at Grace Church (Georgetown), 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Call 703-425-5583 or e-mail for details.

7:30 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 Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

14 Wednesday

Noon. NBC News political correspondent Andrea Mitchell discusses and signs her new memoir, Talking Back ... to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels, at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999. She will also speak that evening at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Robert Hicks reads from and signs his new novel, The Widow of the South, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Bret Easton Ellis reads from and signs his new novel, Lunar Park, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

15 Thursday

6 P.M. Cato Institute chairman William A. Niskanen, author of After Enron: Lessons for Public Policy, discusses his book in conversation with Peter J. Wallison, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, at Riverby Books, 417 East Capitol St. SE, 202-543-4342.

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder discusses and signs My Detachment: A Memoir, a reflection on his Vietnam War service, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Journalist and filmmaker Nelofer Pazira discusses and signs her new memoir, A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. J.A. Jance reads from and signs her new J.P. Beaumont mystery, Long Time Gone, followed at 8 p.m. by a reading by Walter Mosley from his new Easy Rawlins mystery, Cinnamon Kiss, in Dewberry Hall South, Johnson Center, on the campus of George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, Va., as part of the "Fall for the Book" festival. For details, call 703-993-3986 or visit

7:30 P.M. Poets Lia Purpura and Jonathan Vaile read from their work as part of the Cafe Muse series at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading (sign-up at 7 p.m.) concludes the program. Call 301-656-2797 or visit for details.

16 Friday

Noon. Kent McManis signs his new book, A Bridge from Past to Present: Zuni Fetish Carvers of the 1970s, and presents a lecture on fetishes of the Zuni Pueblo, at the Indian Craft Shop located inside the U.S. Department of the Interior, 18th & C Sts. NW. He will also sign at the same time and location on Saturday, Sept. 17. These events are part of the Zuni Fetish and Carving Show being held at the shop Sept. 12-23. A photo ID is needed to enter the DOI building. For details, call 202-208-4056, e-mail indiancraftshop@ or visit

12:30 P.M. Elliott Hester discusses and signs Adventures of a Continental Drifter: An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food at the Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. He will also speak that evening at 6:30 p.m. at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.

6 P.M. Eric S. Petersen discusses and signs Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness: Thomas Jefferson at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

7 P.M. Jonathan Kozol discusses and signs The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

17 Saturday

2 P.M. Paul Lawrence Vann, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, discusses and signs Living on Higher Ground: How to Live With Passion, Motivation, and Joy: A Salute to the Military Life, at Karibu Books-Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730. He will also sign at 5 p.m. that afternoon at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

5 P.M. Conceptual artist damali ayo discusses and signs her new book, How to Rent a Negro, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Mary Kay Zuravleff reads from and signs her recent novel, The Bowl Is Already Broken, in Lecture Hall 1 at George Mason University as part of the "Fall for the Book" festival, 703-993-3986 or

18 Sunday

1 P.M. The Riverdale House Museum hosts a reading by Regency Romance authors Kathryn Caskie, Kate Dolan, Janet Mullany, Diane Perkins, Mary Jo Putney and Lucia St. Clair Robson. Admission is $5, which includes a guided tour of the house and refreshments. The museum is located at 4811 Riverdale Rd. in Riverdale Park, Md. For details and to RSVP, call 301-864-0420 or e-mail

3 P.M. Brian Murphy discusses and signs The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet at Olsson's-Old Town, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703-684-0077.

4 P.M. D.C. Poets Against the War presents a reading by Carolyne Wright, author of Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire, at Busboys & Poets, 1390 V St. NW. Call 202-387-POET or visit

7 P.M. National Book Award-winner Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato, reads from his work in the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, on the campus of George Mason University as part of the "Fall for the Book" festival, 703-993-3986 or

Special Notices

Arts On Foot, the annual free festival celebrating art, dance, theater, music, literature and film, will be held on Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Penn Quarter neighborhood in downtown Washington, D.C. Book-related highlights include a reading by Elizabeth Poliner from her new novel, Mutual Life & Casualty, at 1 p.m. at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553, and the second day of the sidewalk book sale at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. NW, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For complete details of the full schedule of events, call 202-482-7271 or visit

The Montgomery County Historical Society will hold its annual used book sale Saturday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 25, at 819 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, Md. For hours and details, call 301-762-1492 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.

Terry Pratchett