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. Journalist and columnist Jon Katz discusses and signs Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Reserve naval officers Claude Berube and John Rodgaard discuss and sign A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart of the U.S.S. Constitution at the U.S. Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. Call 202-433-6897 to RSVP.
7 P.M. Peter Manseau discusses and signs Vows: A Priest, a Nun, and Their Son, his memoir of his parents, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7 P.M. Gail Griffith discusses and signs Will's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, Va. Call 703-978-5600 to RSVP.
7 P.M. The Washington Literary Salon presents readings by poets Shanna Compton, author of Down Spooky, and Jennifer L. Knox, author of A Gringo Like Me, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Barbara Ehrenreich discusses and signs Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Joshua E. London discusses and signs Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
4 P.M. Children's author Cynthia Funke reads from and signs her new young-adult fantasy novel, Inkspell (sequel to Inkheart), at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
6:30 P.M. Journalist and travel book author David Downie presents a slide-illustrated talk on his new book, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, at the Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. A reception follows. Admission is $8 for the general public; call 202-234-7911 for details and to RSVP.
6:30 P.M. Janine di Giovanni discusses and signs Madness Visible: A Memoir of War, her eyewitness account of the breakup of Yugoslavia while a correspondent for the Times of London, at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-0021.
7 P.M. Former marine officer Scott Ritter discusses and signs Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.
5:30 P.M. Architects Steven and Cathi House present a slide-illustrated discussion of their new book, Mediterranean Villages: An Architectural Journey, at Two Lions Antiques and Interiors, 507 11th St. SE. Call 202-546-5466 for details. They will also speak on Friday, Oct. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) bookstore, 1735 New York Ave. NW, 202-626-7541.
6 P.M. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Gloria Estefan signs her new children's picture book, The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog (illustrated by Michael Garland), at the Kennedy Center, Hall of States gift shop, 2700 F St. NW. The book, available in both English and Spanish, contains a CD featuring Gloria Estefan's first song for children. For details, call 202-416-8348 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.
6:30 P.M. Cynthia D. Hunter signs her new novel, Diary of a Crack Addict's Wife, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
6:45 P.M. The 2005-06 literary season at the Library of Congress opens with a reading by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate and author of the collection Delights and Shadows and The Poetry Home Repair Manual, in the James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-1639.
7 P.M. Marion Winik, commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered," discusses and signs her new collection of essays, Above Us Only Sky: A Woman Looks Back, Forward, and Into the Mirror, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.
7:30 P.M. David Vann discusses and signs A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea at Barnes & Noble- Georgetown, 202-965-9880.
8 P.M. The Jenny McKean Moore Literary Reading Series presents a reading by mathematics professor Manil Suri, author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated novel The Death of Vishnu, along with the Rajhans Orchestra, which will perform arrangements based on Suri's writings, at George Washington University, Marvin Center amphitheater, 800 21st St. NW. Tickets (2 per person) are available through the TicketMaster outlet in the Marvin Center; call 202-994-6180 for details.
7 P.M. Washington Romance Writers is holding a seminar, "So You Want to Be a Romance Writer," with authors Karen Anders, Leanne Banks, Meredith Bond, Glenda Garland and Diana Whiteside, at Barnes & Noble-Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., 703-278-0300. A book signing follows.
7 P.M. Former FBI director Louis Freeh discusses and signs My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.
8 P.M. "Mothers and Daughters" is the theme for readings by Marita Golden, author of the novel Long Distance Life and the memoir Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex; Mary Gordon, author of the novels Pearl and The Company of Women; and Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and the new novel Saving Fish from Drowning, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Deborah Tannen, author of the forthcoming book You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation, will moderate the program. Tickets for this PEN/Faulkner event are $15; call 202-544-7077 or visit www.penfaulkner.org to RSVP.
1 P.M. New Yorker magazine writer Adam Gopnik reads from and signs his new young-adult novel, The King in the Window, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
2 P.M. Nan Phifer hosts a writing workshop based on her book Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography at the Potter's House Bookservice, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, 202-232-5483.
2 P.M. Shirley C. Menendez discusses and signs her children's picture book B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet (illustrated by Laura Stutzman) at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.
2 P.M. Clare Ham Grosgebauer signs her new children's picture book, Snickerdoodle! A Tall Tale About a Powerful Pee-Wee! (illustrated by Karen Rissing), at the Borders Express, Fair Oaks Mall, 11713 Lee Jackson Hwy., 703-591-8985.
5 P.M. Stephen Dixon reads from and signs his new novel, Phone Rings, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
4 P.M. Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of British statesman Winston Churchill, discusses and signs Churchill and America at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
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.
The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is holding a training workshop for prospective tutors interested in helping adults learn to read over three consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day (must attend all three sessions), at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. A $35 fee (covering books and materials) applies; call 703-237-0866 for details and to register.
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an orientation session for volunteers wishing to help adults learn to read, write and speak English on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, Md. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail email@example.com for details and to register.
BOOKFAIR 2005, sponsored by the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, will be held the weekends of Oct. 15 & 16 and Oct. 22 & 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the U.S. Department of State Exhibit Hall, entrance on C St. between 21st and 23rd Sts. NW. The event features used books from around the world, art objects and collectibles, stamps and coins. No strollers, packages, food or drink permitted; for details, call 202-223-5796.
The Friends of the Southeast Library will hold its annual fall book sale on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seventh & D Sts. SE. Call 202-547-8897 for details.