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31 Monday

7 P.M. Law professor Akhil Reed Amar discusses and signs America's Constitution: A Biography at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. He will also speak on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at the National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW as part of the Smithsonian Associates program. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 or visit to RSVP.

1 Tuesday

10:30 A.M. Children's author and illustrator Allen Say, winner of the Caldecott Medal, reads from and signs his new picture book, Kamishibai Man, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. Civil rights activist John Hope Franklin discusses and signs his new memoir, Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin, as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221. He will also speak on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. Architect Sarah Susanka discusses her new book, Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life (written with Marc Vasallo), at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $17 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. James Lasdun reads from and signs his new novel, Seven Lies, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

2 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve discusses her new book, Bad River Boys: A Meeting of the Lakota Sioux with Lewis and Clark, as part of the "Native Writers Series" at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW. A reception and signing follow. She will also speak on Thursday, Nov. 3, at noon in the same location. Call 202-633-1000 for details.

7 P.M. Award-winning poet Anne Carson reads from and signs Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera as part of the "Writers Here & Now" series at the University of Maryland, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts Bldg., College Park, Md., 301-405-3820.

7 P.M. Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, cousin of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, discusses her new book, Bleinheim and the Churchill Family: A Personal Portrait, her history and memories of the palace built for the first Duke of Malborough, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Admission for this event, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, is $18; call 202-234-4602 or e-mail for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. The "Books and Ideas" series, sponsored by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, winds up its season with a reading by poets Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield, authors of the collections Galileo's Banquet and Assignation at Vanishing Point, respectively, at the college's Germantown Campus, High Technology and Science Center, Room 216, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown, Md., 301-251-7417.

7:30 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 at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9080.

8 P.M. Washington, D.C. native Thomas Sayers Ellis reads from and signs his new collection of poetry, The Maverick Room, 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.

3 Thursday

6:30 P.M. Voletta Wallace discusses and signs Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son, Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

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 Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

6:30 P.M. H.W. Brands discusses and signs Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times as part of the Smithsonian Associates program being held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets are $18 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Lisa Wixon reads from and signs her recent novel Dirty Blonde and Half-Cuban (based on her "Havana Honey" series on at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Scott Turow reads from and signs his new novel, Ordinary Heroes, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Piotr Naskrecki, director of the Invertebrate Diversity Initiative of Conservation International and research associate with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, discusses his new illustrated book, The Smaller Majority, at the National Zoo, Visitor's Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. A book sighing is at 7 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. Call 202-633-4085 or visit to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, discusses and signs God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

4 Friday

10:30 P.M. Graphic artist Paul Rogers discusses and signs Jazz A·B·Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits (written by jazz composer Wynton Marsalis, illustrated by Rogers) at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. Jonathan Luckett signs his new novel, Dissolve, at Karibu Books, the Centre at Forestville, 3289 B Donnell Dr., Forestville, Md., 301-736-6170. He will also sign on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. at Karibu Books-Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730.

7 P.M. Jonathan Harr discusses and signs The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The Northern Virginia Writers "First Friday Event" for this month features author Barbara Esstman, author of the novel The Other Anna and editor (with Virginia Hartman) of the anthology A More Perfect Union: Poems and Stories About the Modern Wedding, presenting a lecture, "Character Is All," at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. Refreshments and opportunities for networking follow. Admission is $4 for Writer's Center members and Leesburg residents, $6 for the general public. Call 301-654-8664 or e-mail for details and to register.

5 Saturday

Noon. Vincent Carretta, senior fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, discusses and signs Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man at the Juanita E. Thornton Library in Shepherd Park, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-541-6100.

3 P.M. Children's author and illustrator Sallie Lowenstein reads from and discusses her new young-adult book, Waiting for Eugene, at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.

5 P.M. Anne Wright and Saundra Maley discuss and sign A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.

8 P.M. Journalist Anne Garrels discusses and signs Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent at CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colt's Neck Rd., Reston, Va. Tickets are $20; for details and reservations, call the box office at 703-476-4500.

6 Sunday

2:30 P.M. Best-selling writer Michael Crichton, author of the high-tech thrillers Jurassic Park and State of Fear, discusses his craft, and the ever-expanding worlds of science and technology, at the Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. A signing follows. Tickets for this Smithsonian Associates event are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 or visit to RSVP.

Special Notices

The 10th annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival will be held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (at 2700 F St. NW) on Saturday, Nov. 5, from noon to 5 p.m., featuring readings and discussions by children's authors and illustrators as well as numerous interactive workshops, including "African American Step Dancing" and "Musical Cultures of the World." Authors and illustrators scheduled to attend include Pat Cummings, Leo and Diane Dillon, Nikki Giovanni, Eloise Greenfield, E.B. Lewis, Paul Rogers, Valerie Tripp and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. For complete details, call 202-467-4600 or visit

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington holds its 36th Annual Book Festival Nov 3-13 at 6125 Montrose Rd. in Rockville, Md. The festival, which opens on Thursday evening, Nov. 3, with a preview party benefit with actor Robert Klein, includes lectures, a cookbook series, musical programs and many family and children's events. There will also be an accompanying sale of used books, CDs and videos. Festival hours are: Friday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 6 to Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the festival is closed Saturday). For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, call 301-348-3805 or visit

The Friends of the Georgetown Library will hold its fall sale of used and rare books on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wisconsin & R Sts. NW, 202-282-0220.

"Kamishibai Man," by Allen Say, Nov. 1