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

24 Monday

12:30 P.M. Giada De Laurentiis signs her new cookbook based on her Food Network show, Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes, at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

6:30 P.M. Robin Gerber discusses and signs Katharine Graham: The Leadership Journey of an American Icon at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Comedian Margaret Cho reads from and signs her new book, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Lawrence Goldstone discusses and signs Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits and the Struggle for the Constitution at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

25 Tuesday

1 P.M. Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee signs (no reading) his new memoir, Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It (as told to Kaleem Aftab), at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. He will also discuss and sign his book that evening at 7 p.m. at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

2 P.M. Richard Alan White discusses and signs Breaking the Silence: The Case That Changed the Face of Human Rights, his account of the landmark case Filartiga v. Pena (affirming the ability of U.S. courts to accept jurisdiction in international cases) at Georgetown University, Leavey Center bookstore, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. He will be joined by the lawsuit's plaintiff, Paraguayan artist Joel Filartiga. Call 202-687-9298 for details.

6:15 P.M. Gyles Brandreth discusses Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage at the Women's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. This event, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, begins with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $30 for the whole evening, $15 for those wishing to attend the lecture only. For more details and to RSVP, call 202-234-4602 or e-mail

6:30 P.M. Chris Mooney discusses and signs The Republican War on Science at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. Azar Nafisi, author of the memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, discusses her work in conversation with NPR host Jacki Lyden at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission to this event, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, is $10; call 703-734-3376 or e-mail to RSVP. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

6:30 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Edmund Morris discusses and signs Beethoven: The Universal Composer (part of the Eminent Lives series) as part of the "Books and Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221. He will also read on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Christopher Kimball, founder and editor of the magazine Cook's Illustrated, discusses and signs The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Call 301-656-2797 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Peter Guralnick discusses and signs Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. New Yorker magazine staff writer George Packer discusses and signs The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Gregory Orr reads from and signs his new collection of poetry, Concerning the Book That is the Body of the Beloved, along with poet Karen Kevorkian reading from her new collection, White Stucco, Black Wing, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. Elizabeth Alexander and Sharon Olds read from their new collections of verse, American Sublime and Strike Sparks, respectively, as part of the poetry reading series at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $12; call 202-544-7077 or visit to RSVP.

26 Wednesday

Noon. Josephine F. Pacheco presents the eighth annual Judith P. Austin Memorial Lecture with a discussion of her book The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Dining Room A, 202-707-2273.

6:30 P.M. Washington Post staff writer Lonnae O'Neal Parker discusses and signs I'm Every Woman: Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood, and Work at the Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. A reception and signing follow. For details about this event, sponsored by Vertigo Books, call 301-779-9300. She will also speak on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Akwaaba D.C., 1708 16th St. NW, 202-232-1790.

7 P.M. Ernest J. Gaines discusses and signs Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Norman E. Rosenthal discusses and signs the revised edition of Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

27 Thursday

6 P.M. Political science professor David M. Barrett discusses and signs The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 2021 K St. NW, 202-223-3327.

6:30 P.M. Aaron Hamburger reads from and signs his new novel, Faith for Beginners, at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.

6:30 P.M. Architectural historian Jayne Merkel discusses and signs Eero Saarinen, her new monograph on the Finnish-American architect, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Octavia E. Butler reads from and signs her new novel, Fledgling, at Busboys and Poets, 1390 V St. NW, 202-387-POET.

6:30 P.M. Inventor Ray Kurzweil discusses and signs The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology as part of the Smithsonian Associates program. For event location, call 202-252-0012 or visit Admission is $20 for nonmembers.

7 P.M. Mary Roach discusses and signs Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. She will also speak on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

8 P.M. Poet Janet Sylvester, author of the collections The Mark of Flesh and That Mulberry Wine, reads from her 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.

28 Friday

4 P.M. The Asia Society is co-sponsoring a discussion and signing with Jung Chang, author, with Jon Halliday, of Mao: The Unknown Story, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new political thriller, The Camel Club, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses and signs Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Aviation historian Robert F. Dorr discusses and signs Chopper: A History of American Military Helicopter Operations from WWII to the War on Terror at Barnes & Noble-Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., 703-278-0300.

7 P.M. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator of security and counter-terrorism in two administrations, reads from and signs his first novel, The Scorpion's Gate, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

8 P.M. Joan Didion discusses and signs her work, including her new collection of personal essays, The Year of Magical Thinking, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets for this PEN/Faulkner event are $15; call 202-544-7077 or visit to RSVP.

29 Saturday

6 P.M. Celebrated cook Joan Nathan discusses and signs The New American Cooking: 280 Recipes Full of Delectable New Flavors from Around the World as Well as Fresh Ways with Old Favorites at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

30 Sunday

5:30 P.M. Actor and comedian Jerry Lewis reads from and discusses his new memoir, Dean & Me (A Love Story), written with James Kaplan, at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St NW. A signing follows. Tickets are $10 for the general public; call 202-518-9400, ext. 393 to RSVP.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Oct. 28George Packer, Oct. 25