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.
6:30 P.M. James Loewen discusses and signs Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of Racism in America at Busboys and Poets, 1390 V St. NW, 202-387-POET.
7 P.M. Said Hyder Akbar discusses and signs Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story (written with Susan Burton) at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, discusses and signs her new memoir, Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.
7:30 P.M. Campbell McGrath and Mark Halliday read from their most recent poetry collections, Pax Atomica and Jab, 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 www.folger.edu to RSVP.
6:30 P.M. James Cannon, former chief political writer for Newsweek magazine, reads from and signs Apostle Paul: A Novel of the Man Who Brought Christianity to the Western World at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Interior designer Albert Hadley discusses his career (he was the partner of Sister Parish in the firm Parish Hadley), as well as the illustrated biography Albert Hadley: The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer (written by Adam Lewis), at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Admission is $25 for nonmembers; call 202-639-1703 for details and to RSVP.
7 P.M. Journalist John S. Friedman, editor of the anthology The Secret Histories: Hidden Truths That Challenged the Past and Changed the World, moderates a forum discussion, "Secret Histories: Uncovering the Past and Influencing the Present," with Edwin Black, Peter Kornbluh, John Marks, James Risen and host Mark Feldstein, at the Crossfire Studio in the Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW at George Washington University.
7 P.M. Cultural critic Geoff Dyer discusses and signs his new collection of essays on photography, The Ongoing Moment, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 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 Bowie Branch Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, Md., 301-262-7000.
7:30 P.M. Gen. Janis Karpinski discusses and signs One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story (written with Steven Strasser) at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
Noon. Mark Katz, professor at Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory, discusses and signs Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Room 119, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-2692.
6 P.M. Raymond Arroyo, news director and lead anchor for EWTNews, discusses and signs Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles at the Catholic Information Center, 1501 K St. NW, 202-783-2062.
6:30 P.M. Actor Blair Underwood discusses and signs Before I Got Here: The Wondrous Things We Hear When We Listen to the Souls of Our Children (with photos by Donyell Kennedy-McCullough) at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.
7 P.M. James Shapiro discusses and signs A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, (1599), at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Award-winning filmmaker John Waters discusses and signs Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs: Three More Screenplays at Olsson's-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.
7 P.M. Canadian journalist Jeremy Mercer discusses and signs Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new political thriller, The Camel Club, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880
7:30 P.M. Ilan Berman, president for policy of the Washington-based American Foreign Policy Council, discusses and signs Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.
6 P.M. Historian and novelist A.N. Wilson discusses After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World at the Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The evening begins with a cash-bar 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 alone. For details and to RSVP for this event, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, call 202-234-4602 or e-mail email@example.com.
7 P.M. Uzodinma Iweala reads from and signs his new novel of child soldiers, Beasts of No Nation, at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md., 301-779-9300.
7 P.M. Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo discusses and signs The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs After 9/11 at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.
7 P.M. Nathaniel Fick discusses and signs One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
4:30 P.M. Children's book illustrator and Caldecott honor recipient Brian Selznick presents a slide-show presentation of his work, including The Houdini Box, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (by Barbara Kerley) and When Marian Sang (by Pam Munoz Ryan), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, Va., 703-241-8281.
7 P.M. Journalist Timothy Noah discusses and signs The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, and Fate, a posthumous collection of essays and political profiles by his wife, the late Washington Post writer Marjorie Williams, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Mary Beth Lind discusses and signs Simply in Season: Recipes That Celebrate Fresh, Local Foods in the Spirit of More-with-Less (written with Cathleen Hockman-Wert) at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, 202-232-5483. A food tasting follows.
2 P.M. Photographer Michael Cunningham and George Alexander sign Queens: Portraits of Black Women and Their Fabulous Hair at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
4 P.M. Former Newsweek editor Tom Mathews discusses his new book, Our Father's War: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation, as part of the George E. Bentley Lecture Series sponsored by the Waterford Foundation and held at the Old School, 40222 Fairfax St. in Waterford, Va. A reception and signing follow. Call 540-882-3018 or visit www.waterfordva.org for details.
4 P.M. The "Meet the Authors" program at St. John's College, Annapolis, is hosting a reading with journalists Steve and Cokie Roberts, authors of the memoir From This Day Forward, and sisters Nancy Robinson Hammond and Sarah Robinson Mara, creators of the children's book A Snug Little Island (written by Mara and illustrated by Hammond), in the college's Francis Scott Key Auditorium and Lobby, Mellon Hall, Annapolis, Md. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $30 at the door; for details, call 410-626-2539.
6 P.M. The Iota Club & Cafe is hosting a tribute to the late poet Hilary Tham with readings from her last book of short stories/memoirs, Tin Mines and Concubines, by her daughter, Ilana Goldberg, and fellow poets and friends Karren Alenier, Ann Knox and Judith McCombs at 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-522-8340.
The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will be held Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 12-16 at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Opening night, Sunday, Nov. 6, features a special tribute at 8 p.m., "The Strength to See: Selected Works of Saul Bellow and Arthur Miller," featuring theatrical readings by area actors, followed by a reception. Authors taking part in the festival include Allan Topol (Monday, Nov. 7), Sherwin Nuland (Tuesday, Nov. 8), performance poet Matthue Roth and slam-poet Ruby K (Saturday, Nov. 12), Marcie Cohen Ferris (Sunday, Nov. 13) and children's author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (Monday, Nov. 14). The celebration closes Wednesday evening, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. with the presentation of the Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture, "On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," by novelists Erica Jong and Allegra Goodman. A reception follows. Most events are free; tickets for the opening and closing nights are $20 each for the general public. For a complete schedule of events, call 202-777-3254 or visit www.dcjcc.org/arts/literature.
Author and illustrator Caroline Arnold, winner of the 2005 Washington Post - Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her numerous picture books on animals, will be honored on Saturday, Nov. 12, at noon at the annual Children's Book Week Luncheon at the Capitol Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW. Young-adult author Donna Jo Napoli and illustrator Brian Selznick will also speak. For details, visit www.childrensbookguild.org.