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.
12:30 P.M. Sen. John McCain signs his new anthology, Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember (written with Mark Salter), at the Trover Shop, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-2665.
12:30 P.M. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd signs her new book, Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
3 P.M. Renee Fisher, Joyce Kramer and Jean Peelan discuss and sign Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 as part of the "Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute Meet the Authors Series" at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990. They will also speak on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.
6:30 P.M. Juanita Bynum discusses and signs The Threshing Floor: How to Know Without a Doubt God Hears Your Every Prayer at Karibu Books-Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730.
7 P.M. Vikram Seth discusses and signs Two Lives: A Memoir, the story of his uncle and aunt, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. SF author Kim Stanley Robinson reads from and signs his new novel, Fifty Degrees Below, at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067. He will also read on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
6:30 P.M. Historian and documentarian Michael Wood discusses In Search of Myths and Heroes: Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World (companion to the PBS television series), as part of a Smithsonian Associates program at the Hirshhorm Museum, Ring Auditorium, Seventh St. & Independence Ave. SW. Admission is $20 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 or visit www.resident associates.org to RSVP. He will also speak on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Moises Naim, editor of Foreign Policy magazine, discusses and signs Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Raymond Arroyo, news director and lead anchor of EWTNews, discusses and signs Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.
7:30 P.M. Eric Konigsberg discusses and signs Blood Relation, a biography of his great-uncle, a mob hit man, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
Noon. Greg MacGregor presents a slide-illustrated talk on Lewis & Clark Revisited: A Photographer's Trail, photos from which are part of a traveling exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery's 3,700-mile trek to the Pacific Ocean and back, "Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day Photos," at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, 1849 C St. NW. A valid ID is required to enter; call 202-208-4659 to RSVP.
6:30 P.M. Gauvin Alexander Bailey, professor of Renaissance and Baroque art and author of Art of Colonial Latin America, presents a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit "The Gates of Paradise: Art of the Guarani of Paraguay" at the Inter-American Development Bank, Conference Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. A valid ID is required to enter. Seating is limited; call 202-623-3774 to RSVP.
7 P.M. Poet David Biespiel reads from his most recent collection, Wild Civility, as part of the "Writers Here & Now" series at the University of Maryland, Ulrich Recital Hall in the Tawes Fine Arts Bldg., College Park, Md., 301-405-3820.
7:30 P.M. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers discusses and signs Mencken: The American Iconoclast at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.
8 P.M. The MFA Creative Writing Reading Series at American University holds its Faculty Reading of Prose & Poetry with contributions from Kyle Dargan, Barbara Esstman, E.J. Levy, Richard McCann, Denise Orenstein and Myra Sklarew. This annual event, a benefit for the organization Food & Friends ($5 donation is suggested), will be held at the School of International Service Bldg., SIS Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW; call 202-885-2973 for details.
12:30 P.M. David M. Abshire discusses and signs Saving the Reagan Presidency: Trust is the Coin of the Realm at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999.
6:30 P.M. Architect Wilbert R. Hasbrouck presents a lecture drawn from his new book, The Chicago Architectural Club 1875-1925: Prelude to the Modern, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. He will be joined in his presentation by Howard F. Decker, architect and former chief curator at the National Building Museum. A signing follows. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.
7:30 P.M. Poet Nan Fry and novelist Ron Tanner read from their work as part of the Cafe Muse series held at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797. An open reading (sign-up at 7 p.m.) concludes the program.
8 P.M. Elizabeth Poliner and Sergio Waisman read from their most recent novels, Mutual Life & Casualty and Leaving, respectively, as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Literary Reading Series at George Washington University, Marvin Center, amphitheater, 800 21st St. NW. Free tickets (2 per person) are available at the TicketMaster outlet located in the Marvin Center. Call 202-994-6180 for details.
6 P.M. Former U.S. senator Gary Hart discusses and signs God and Caesar in America; An Essay on Religion and Politics at the National Woman's Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The evening begins with a cash-bar reception, followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. and a dinner at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for the reception and lecture alone, $30 (nonmembers) for the entire evening. For details and to RSVP, call 202-232-7363 or e-mail reservations@ democraticwoman.org. He will also speak on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Julie Wakefield discusses and signs Halley's Quest: A Selfless Genius and His Troubled Paramore at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.
8 P.M. Lorrie Moore, author of the novel Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and the short story collections Self-Help and Birds of America, presents the annual PEN/Malamud Award Memorial Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $15; call 202-544-7077 or visit www.penfaulkner.org to RSVP.
Noon. Jed Perl, art critic for the New Republic magazine, discusses and signs New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century at the National Gallery of Art, East Bldg. auditorium, Fourth St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215.
2 P.M. Pamela D. Blair discusses and signs The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Midlife and Beyond at Borders-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., 703-359-8420.
2 P.M. Children's author Clare Ham Grosgebauer reads from and signs her new picture book, Snickerdoodle! A Tall Tale About a Powerful Pee-Wee! (illus. by Karen Rissing), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.
6 P.M. Washington Post writer and novelist Stephen Hunter and journalist John Bainbridge discuss and sign American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman -- And the Shoot-Out That Stopped It at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
The National Press Club will hold its 28th Annual Book Fair and Authors' Night on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW. More than 70 authors are scheduled to attend to chat about and sign their books, including Bonnie Angelo, Art Buchwald, Maureen Corrigan, Gary Hart, Jessica Hendra, Haynes Johnson, chef Robert Kinkead, Robert MacNeil, Vanity Fair editor Maureen Orth and Sen. Rick Santorum. Tickets are $5 at the door (free for NPC members). As this is a benefit for the NPC library, no outside books are allowed; call 202-662-7564 for details.
The Reading Connection, a literacy outreach group for children and families in housing crisis, is holding its annual Of Wine and Words benefit gala on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW. The evening features a wine tasting, silent auction and the chance to meet and greet a host of children's authors. WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi will serve as emcee, and journalist Steve Roberts will offer the keynote speech. Tickets are $50 through Nov. 13, $65 at the door. Call 703-528-8317 or visit www.thereadingconnection.org for details and to RSVP.
Literary Expo 2005, sponsored by the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Designed to showcase local writers, this year's event features Nikki Giovanni reading from and signing her new children's picture book about Rosa Parks, Rosa (illus. by Bryan Collier). Call 202-545-1913 for details.
Library Renaissance Project seeks volunteers for a fix-up of D.C. Public Libraries' gardens and grounds on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, starting at 10 a.m. to help rake, clear, trim, mulch and plant bulbs at 11 libraries throughout the city. All equipment will be provided on site. For details or to volunteer, contact Robin Diener at 202-387-7776 or email@example.com.