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26 Monday

6:30 P.M. Hugh Nissenson reads from and signs his new novel, The Days of Awe, at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-0021.

7 P.M. T.C. Boyle reads from and signs his new collection of short stories, Tooth and Claw, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Jacqueline Winspear reads from and signs her new Maisie Dobbs mystery, Pardonable Lies, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

27 Tuesday

Noon. The "Poetry at Noon" series at the Library of Congress features readings by Kwame Alexander, Patricia Clark and Kim Roberts on the theme "Singing the Body Electric" at the James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theatre, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

4 P.M. Christopher Andrews, professor of modern and contemporary history at Cambridge University, discusses and signs The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World (written with Vasili Mitrokhin) at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-691-4147 to RSVP. He will also speak on Thursday, Sept. 29, at noon at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Call 202-393-7798 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Washington Post reporter Anthony Shadid discusses and signs Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Denise Nicholas reads from and signs her new civil rights-era novel, Freshwater Road, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

7:30 P.M. The "Jazz & Poetry" evenings at Grace Church present a reading by poet Rod Jellema, author of the collection A Slender Grace, and music by bassist Herman Burney at the church in Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Dessert and coffee will be served; call 202-333-7100 for details.

28 Wednesday

10 A.M. Alexander McCall Smith reads from and discusses his new children's books, Akimbo and the Elephants and Akimbo and the Lions (both illustrated by LeUyen Pham), at A Likely Story Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-836-2498. He will also read from the second of his Isabel Dalhousie mysteries, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

Noon. Author and photographer Roy Sewall discusses and signs Our Potomac: From Great Falls Through Washington, D.C. at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. He will also speak on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

6:30 P.M. Louise Erdrich reads from and signs her new novel, The Painted Drum, as part of the "Native Writers Series" at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW. Enter the museum at the south entrance at Maryland Ave. Call 202-633-1000 or visit for details.

6:30 P.M. Astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses and signs The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry as part of the Smithsonian Associates program being held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, lecture hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets are $18 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Zadie Smith reads from and signs her new novel, On Beauty, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Andrew Wingfield reads from and signs his new novel, Hear Him Roar, at Barnes & Noble-Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-8251. After the reading, a reception will follow at Tallula Restaurant, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va. (Free invitation with purchase of the book.)

7 P.M. Bruce Feiler discusses and signs Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

29 Thursday

Noon. The Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" program presents a discussion by Lori Marie Carlson, editor of the children's collection Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theatre, 202-707-1308.

7 P.M. Deborah Larsen discusses and signs her new memoir, The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun's Story, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. James T. Patterson discusses and signs the 11th volume in the Oxford History of the United States, Restless Giant: The U.S. From Watergate to Bush vs. Gore, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Caryl Phillips reads from and signs his new novel, Dancing in the Dark, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.

8 P.M. The Jenny McKean Moore Literary Reading Series at George Washington University launches its new season with a reading by poet Dana Roeser, author of Beautiful Motion (winner of the 2004 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize), being held at the Marvin Center amphitheater, 800 21st St. NW. A new proviso this year is that tickets are required to attend. Free tickets can be picked up (2 per person) at the Marvin Center's TicketMaster outlet as early as two weeks prior to the event. For details, call 202-994-6180.

30 Friday

1 P.M. Tananarive Due reads from and signs her new novel, Joplin's Ghost, at the Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. She will also read on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Davy Rothbart, filmmaker, rapper and creator of Found magazine, reads from and signs his new collection of short stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Nicholas Evans reads from and signs his new novel, The Divide, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

1 Saturday

1 P.M. Gregory Maguire reads from and signs Son of a Witch (the sequel to his bestselling novel Wicked) at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

Special Notices

The Palisades Branch Library, located at 4901 V St. NW, will hold its annual used book sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 202-416-7651 for details.

The Friends of the Reston Regional Library will hold its semi-annual used book sale Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Hours are: Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 2, noon to 3:30 p.m. The library is located at 11925 Bowman Towne Center Dr. in Reston, Va.; call 703-689-2700 for details.