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.
7 P.M. E.L. Doctorow reads from and signs his new novel of the Civil War, The March, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.
7 P.M. Poet Tony Hoagland, author of the collection What Narcissism Means to Me, and George Saunders, author of the novel The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, read from their work as part of the "Writers Here & Now" series held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Ulrich Recital Hall in the Tawes Fine Arts Bldg., 301-405-3820.
7 P.M. Actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford discusses and signs Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7:30 P.M. Chris Whittle, founder of Whittle Communications, Channel One and Edison Schools, discusses and signs Crash Course: Imagining a Better Future for Public Education at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.
7:30 P.M. Joseph Davis and Joanne Rocky Delaplaine read from their poetry at the Takoma Park Branch Library, 5th & Cedar Sts. NW, 202-576-7252.
Noon. Geoffrey Lloyd, professor emeritus of ancient philosophy and science at Cambridge University, discusses and signs Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Moral Authority in Ancient Greece, China and Today at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Room 119, 10 First St., SE, 202-707-2692.
7 P.M. David Rakoff, humorist and writer-at-large for GQ magazine, discusses and signs Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. David Margolick discusses and signs Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink at the Oxon Hill Branch Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, Md., 301-839-2400.
7 P.M. Walter Mosley reads from and signs his new Easy Rawlins mystery, Cinnamon Kiss, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.
7 P.M. James McGrath Morris, author of The Rose Man of Sing Sing, his biography of journalist Charles E. Chapin, and the forthcoming Joseph Pulitzer: A Biography, reads from his work as part of the "Books and Ideas" series sponsored by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, Takoma Park campus, Bliss Room in the Campus Commons, 7600 Takoma Ave., 301-251-7417.
7 P.M. John Berendt reads from and signs his new book on Venice, The City of Falling Angels, at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Fantasia, winner of the third season of the "American Idol" contest, signs her new memoir, Life is Not a Fairy Tale, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176. She will also sign at 6:30 p.m. that evening at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
Noon. Fox News business correspondent Neil Cavuto discusses and signs his new book of essays, Your Money or Your Life, at Borders-14th St., corner of 14th & F Sts. NW, 202-737-1385.
5:30 P.M. Toure discusses and signs his most recent novel, Soul City, at the Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640.
6:30 P.M. Flora Fraser discusses and signs Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III at the Dacor Bacon House, 1801 F St. NW. This event, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, begins with a reception, followed by the program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; call 202-234-4602 or e-mail email@example.com to RSVP.
7 P.M. Robert Boyers reads from and signs his new collection of short stories, Excitable Women, Damaged Men, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Yolanda Sanders reads from and signs her new novel, Soul Matters, at Barnes & Noble-Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., 703-278-0300.
7 P.M. Lewis M. Dabney discusses and signs Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610. He will also read on Friday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Eric Dinerstein, chief scientist and vice-president for science at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), discusses and signs Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations 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 www.fonz.org/lectures.htm to RSVP.
7 P.M. Maureen Corrigan, book reviewer for the NPR program "Fresh Air," discusses and signs her new memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. The Northern Virginia Writers "First Friday" series presents a lecture by Donna Moreau, "From Contract to Printed Page," at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. She will also sign her book Waiting Wives: The Story of Schilling Manor, Homefront to the Vietnam War. Admission is $6 for the general public, $4 for Leesburg residents; call 301-654-8664 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
4 P.M. Jessica Hendra discusses and signs her new memoir, How to Cook Your Daughter (written with Blake Morrison), at Olsson's-Old Town, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703-684-0077.
6 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Haynes Johnson discusses and signs The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
1:30 P.M. Children's author T.A. Barron reads from and discusses his new young-adult fantasy novel, Shadows of the Stars (second book in the "Great Tree of Avalon" series), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to RSVP.
3 P.M. Dan Austin discusses and signs True Fans: A Basketball Odyssey, the story of his 1999 award-winning documentary of the same name, which chronicles his trip from Venice, Calif., to the NBA Hall of Fame by bicycle, at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.
6 P.M. Poets Pablo Medina and Karren Alenier read from their work as part of the Iota Poetry Series held at the Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-522-8340.
The Hill newspaper will hold its Fourth Annual Political Book Fair on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Trover Shop, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-BOOK. The event will feature a wide array of authors signing their books, including Bonnie Angelo, Tony Blankley, Linda Greenhouse, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Barbara Kline, Rep. John Linder, Sen. Trent Lott, Chris Mooney, Mary Shaffrey and Walter Stahr.
The Word Works and Grace Episcopal Church will hold three Saturday poetry workshops, "The Works Workshops," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the church in Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The schedule is: Oct. 15, "Assuming the Voice of Another," led by Brian Gilmore; Oct. 29, "Creating a Publishable Poetry Manuscript," led by Karren Alenier and Bernadette Geyer; Nov. 5, "Making Poetry When You're Sure You Have Nothing to Say," led by Rod Jellema. Registration deadline is Oct. 10; visit www.wordworksdc.com or call 301-581-9439 for details and to RSVP.
The town of Herndon, Va., celebrates Herndon Arts Week Oct. 9-15, which will feature an evening of readings and signings by local authors, followed by a reception, on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Worldgate Center lobby, 13035 Worldgate Dr. in Herndon, Va. Those writers are: Patricia Daly-Lipe, author of the cultural history Forbidden Loves, Paris Between the Wars; humor columnist Doug Hecox, author of Graze Expectations; Debbi Mack, author of the mystery Identity Crisis; Barbara Morris, author of Crazy for Cats: A Purr-fect Love Story; Joseph Terrell, author of the novel A Time of Music, a Time of Magic; and journalist Tim Wendel, author of The New Face of Baseball : The One-Hundred-Year Rise and Triumph of Latinos in America's Favorite Sport and the novel Castro's Curveball. Visit www.herndonarts.org for details.