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.

19 Monday

6 P.M. Conceptual artist damali ayo discusses and signs How to Rent a Negro at Borders-14th St., corner of 14th & F Sts. NW, 202-737-1385.

7 P.M. Denise Nicholas reads from and signs her new novel of the civil rights era, Freshwater Road, at the Oxon Hill Branch Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, Md., 301-839-2400. She will also read on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640.

7 P.M. Garry Wills discusses and signs Henry Adams and the Making of America at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Rick Moody reads from and signs his new novel, The Diviners, in the Center for the Arts, Grand Tier, on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as part of the "Fall for the Book" literary festival. Call 703-993-3986 or visit www.fallforthebook.org for details. He will also read on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. A reading by Leslie Pietrzyk, author of the novels Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day, opens the new season of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute's "Books and Ideas" series being held at Montgomery College's Rockville campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room, 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville, Md. Call Ruthann Wilbraham at 301-251-7417 or e-mail ruthannwilbraham@ montgomerycollege.edu for details.

8 P.M. Sharyn McCrumb reads from and signs her newest novel, St. Dale, in the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, on the campus of George Mason University as part of the "Fall for the Book" literary festival, 703-993-3986 or www.fallforthebook.org. She will also discuss St. Dale and an earlier novel, The Rosewood Casket, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. as part of the 15th season of the Tea & Pedagogy Series being held at Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Hwy., Sterling, Va. A signing follows. For details, call Evelyn Ward at 703-450-2550 or e-mail evward@nvcc.edu.

20 Tuesday

3 P.M. Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and author of the novel The Bridge, presents a slide-show highlighting his career, at TheaterSpace at George Mason University as part of the "Fall for the Book" literary festival, 703-993-3986 or www.fallforthebook.org.

7 P.M. Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, presents the inaugural Jay I. Kislak Lecture at the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, James Madison Bldg., 101 Independence Ave. SE. The lecture is based on his recent bestselling book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Call 202-707-6451 or e-mail ardu@loc.gov for details.

7 P.M. Robert Kehew reads from and signs Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadors, a bilingual edition that intersperses his translations with those of Ezra Pound and W.D. Snodgrass, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. The 2005-06 season of the Nextbook literary season opens with Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate and currently Book World's Poet's Choice columnist, discussing his new book, The Life of David (the first volume in the just-launched Jewish Encounters series), at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Call 888-621-2230 or visit www.nextbook.org for details.

21 Wednesday

10:30 A.M. Children's author Susan Meddaugh, author of picture books featuring the talking canine Martha, including Perfectly Martha and Martha Speaks, will read from and sign her new book, The Witch's Walking Stick, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. She will also read on Thursday, Sept. 22, first at 10 a.m. at Tree Top Kids, 1382 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-356-1400, and again at 1:15 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761. Finally, she will read on Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at A Likely Story Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-836-2498.

6:30 P.M. New Yorker magazine writer James Surowiecki discusses and signs the paperback edition of The Wisdom of Crowds (featuring a new afterword) at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Cartoonist Joann Sfar reads from and signs his new graphic novel, The Rabbi's Cat, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Pedro A. Sanjuan discusses and signs The UN Gang: A Memoir of Incompetence, Corruption, Espionage, Anti-Semitism and Islamic Extremism at the UN Secretariat at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

8 P.M. The "Fall for the Book" literary festival closes with the awarding of the inaugural Fall for the Book Prize to bestselling writer Pat Conroy, author of the novels The Prince of Tides and the memoir My Losing Season, in the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, on the campus of George Mason University, 703-993-3986 or www.fallforthebook.org.

22 Thursday

1 P.M. Michael P. McCauley discusses and signs NPR: The Trials and Triumphs of National Public Radio at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. Price M. Cobbs discusses his new memoir, My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement, and the topic of race in America, in conversation with NPR correspondent Juan Williams at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets for this Smithsonian Associates program are $18 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Hilary Spurling discusses and signs Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 as part of the Smithsonian Associates program being held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Journalist Robert D. Kaplan discusses and signs Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Powers discusses and signs Mark Twain: A Life at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

23 Friday

Noon. Mark Stang and Phil Wood discuss and sign Nationals on Parade: 70 Years of Washington Nationals Photos at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. They will also sign on Saturday, Sept. 24, at noon at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

12:30 P.M. Mary B. Morrison reads from and signs her new novel, Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This, at Reprint Books, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070. She will also read that afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at B. Dalton Booksellers, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-289-1724.

7 P.M. Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, reads from and signs her new novel, Lipstick Jungle, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. The Folger Poetry Reading Series launches its new season with Tony Hoagland presenting the 2005 O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Tcikets are $12; call 202-544-7077 or visit www.folger.edu to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Maureen Corrigan, book reviewer for NPR's "Fresh Air" program, reads from and signs her new memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

24 Saturday

Noon. 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 National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215.

Noon. Brenda Jackson reads from and signs her new romance, Strictly Confidential Attraction, at Karibu-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

5 P.M. Poet Michael Collier, director of the Breadloaf Writers Conference, introduces readings by the 2004 Bakeless Prize-winners: for fiction, Michael Guista, for his short story collection Brain Work, and for poetry, Ron Slate, for his collection The Incentive of the Maggot, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

25 Sunday

7:30 P.M. Neil Gaiman reads from and signs his new fantasy novel, Anansi Boys, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

Special Notices

The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold its annual fall book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, from noon to 4 p.m. each day at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-3072.

The Pius X Library of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, located at 3630 Quesada St. NW, will hold a sale of used books, CDs and videos on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Call 202-363-8938, ext. 283 for details.

The Friends of the Waynesboro Public Library will hold its annual used book sale and silent auction Sept. 21-24 at 600 S. Wayne Ave. in Waynesboro, Va. Call 540-942-6746 or visit www.waynesboro.va.us/ library.html for details.

Susan Meddaugh, Sept. 21, 22, 23Joann Sfar, Sept. 21