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17 Monday

6:30 P.M. Documentary filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton discuss and sign American Hostage: A Memoir of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq and the Remarkable Battle to Win His Release at John Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-663-5648 or e-mail saispubaffairs@jhu.edu to RSVP.

7 P.M. Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of British statesman Winston Churchill, discusses and signs his new book, Churchill and America, at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-501-5000 or e-mail reservations.nwe@nara.gov to RSVP. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., he will present the fifth Churchill Lecture, "The Flying Peril: Winston Churchill and Bombing Policy, 1915-1955," at George Washington University, Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. This event is sponsored by the Churchill Centre; for more information, including details of a limited-attendance dinner with Martin Gilbert that evening at the Army and Navy Club (tickets $300), call 202-223-5511 or visit www.winstonchurchill.org.

7 P.M. Renee Fisher, Joyce Kramer and Jean Peelen discuss and sign Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550. They will also speak on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale, Va. Call 703-256-3800 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Kayla Williams discusses and signs Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, her account of her tour in Iraq, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

18 Tuesday

Noon. Stephen Borelli discusses and signs How About That! The Life of Mel Allen, his biography of the famous sports broadcaster, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg. Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

3:30 P.M. Joan Biskupic, legal affairs correspondent for USA Today, discusses and signs Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, with commentary from law professor Richard Lazarus and National Women's Law Center co-president Marcia Greenberger, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-691-4147 to RSVP. She will also speak on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. Sarah El-Tantawi discusses her contribution to the new anthology, Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (ed. by Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur), at Busboys and Poets, 1390 V St. NW. Call 202-387-POET or visit www.busboysandpoets.com for details.

7 P.M. Political commentator Bill Press discusses and signs How the Republicans Stole Christmas: The Republican Party's Declared Monopoly on Religion and What Democrats Can Do to Take it Back at Borders-Silver Spring, 301-585-0550. He will also speak on Friday, Oct. 21, at noon at Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW, 202-319-1374., and again on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Vince Flynn reads from and signs his new Mitch Rapp thriller, Consent to Kill, at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

7 P.M. Lynn Freed discusses and signs Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home: Life on the Page at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553. She will also read from both her fiction and nonfiction on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. as part of the reading series of the MFA program in creative writing at American University, School of International Service Bldg., SIS Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-5952.

7 P.M. Robert Jordan reads from and signs his new fantasy novel, Knife of Dreams (the 11th installment of the "Wheel of Time" saga) at Books-A-Million, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Md., 443-755-0210. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

19 Wednesday

7:30 A.M. The Tysons chapter of Business and Professional Women presents a talk by Robin Gerber, author of Katharine Graham: The Leadership Journey of an American Icon, as part of its monthly meeting being held at Holland & Knight, LLP, 1600 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 700, McLean, Va. A continental breakfast will be served. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers; for details and to RSVP, contact Liz Simpson at 703-734-0342 or e-mail info@tysonsbpw.org.

10:30 A.M. Kenneth Oppel reads from and signs his new young-adult fantasy novel, Skybreaker (sequel to the award-winning Airborn), at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. He will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library. Call 703-256-3800 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Supermodel Iman discusses and signs The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-5110. She will also sign on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Poet Sam Hamill, founder of Poets Against the War, reads from and signs his new collection of verse, Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems & Translations, and his fresh translation of the Tao Te Ching, at the University of Maryland, Jimenez-Porter House, College Park campus. On Thursday, Oct. 20, at noon, Hamill will be read along with D.C. Poets Against the War coordinator Sarah Browning (which will feature a screening of an excerpt of the film "Voices in Wartime") at Catholic University, Pryzbala Center, Great Room A, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. A reception and signing follow; call 202-319-5488 for details. Then at 7 p.m. that evening, Hamill and Browning will read from their work at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Film star Tab Hunter discusses his new memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (written with Eddie Muller), in conversation with award-winning filmmaker John Waters at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. A signing follows.

8 P.M. Lee Martin, author of the novels Quakertown and The Bright Forever, reads from and signs his work as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Literary Reading Series held at George Washington University, Marvin Center, amphitheater, 800 21st St. NW. Free tickets (2 per person) are available through the TicketMaster outlet located in the Marvin Center; call 202-994-6180 for details.

20 Thursday

Noon. Craig Crawford, a columnist for Congressional Quarterly, discusses and signs Attack the Messenger: How Politicians Turn You Against the Media, at Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW, 202-319-1374. He will also speak on Saturday, Oct. 22, first at 11 a.m. at the George Washington University Bookstore, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, 202-994-6870, and then again at 2 p.m. at the American University Campus Bookstore, 3rd floor of the Butler Pavilion, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-885-6320.

7:30 P.M. Journalist and columnist Jon Katz discusses and signs Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

21 Friday

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 Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. James Reston Jr. discusses and signs Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

23 Sunday

Noon. Chef Giada de Laurentiis discusses and signs her new cookbook based on her Food Network program, Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes, at Sur La Table, Pentagon Row, 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va., 703-414-3580.

Special Notices

The 10th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville, Md., featuring numerous author readings, writing workshops and panel discussions. Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides, will receive the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. For complete details, call 301-309-9461 or visit www.peerlessrockville.org/fsf.

The Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library, at 4000 Stringfellow Rd. in Chantilly, Va., will hold its fall used book sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and Sunday, Oct. 23 (clearance day), from noon to 3 p.m. Call 703-502-3883 for details.

Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton, Oct. 17