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

21 Monday

5:30 P.M. I. William Zartman, director of the Conflict Management Program at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), takes part in a forum discussion of his new book, Cowardly Lions: Missed Opportunities to Prevent Deadly Conflict and State Collapse, as part of the "SAIS Faculty Book Series" at SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-663-5626.

6:30 P.M. Historian Hugh Kennedy discusses and signs When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-0193.

7 P.M. Suad Amiry discusses and signs Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries (winner of Italy's Viareggio Versilia Prize) at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. California senator Barbara Boxer reads from and signs her new novel of politics, A Time to Run (written with Mary-Rose Hayes), at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Diana Abu-Jaber, author of the novels Arabian Jazz and Crescent and the memoir The Language of Baklava, presents a lecture and reading at the Park School of Baltimore, which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its "Cultural Diversity in Literature Reading and Discussion Group." The school is located at 2425 Old Court Rd., Baltimore, Md.; call 410-339-4147 for details and to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Journalist Charles Peters discusses and signs Five Days in Philadelphia: Wendell Wilkie, Franklin Roosevelt, and the 1940 Election That Saved the Western World at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

22 Tuesday

10:30 A.M. Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni reads from and signs Rosa, her new picture book (illus. by Bryan Collier) on the life of Rosa Parks, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The "Jazz & Poetry" evenings at Grace Church hosts a reading by Abena Disroe, accompanied by guitarist Donal Leace, at the church in Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Grace Cavalieri will present the performers. A $5 donation is suggested; for details, call 202-333-7100.

25 Friday

1 P.M. Allan Janus discusses and signs Animals Aloft: Photographs from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at the National Air and Space Museum, Sixth St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000.

6:30 P.M. Cherlyn Michaels signs her new novel, Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window, at Karibu Books-Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730. She will also sign on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Jerry Traunfeld, award-winning chef at the Herbfarm restaurant near Seattle, discusses and signs The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7 P.M. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator of security and counter-terrorism in two administrations, reads from and signs his new novel, The Scorpion's Gate, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

26 Saturday

5 P.M. David Lozell Martin reads from and signs his new thriller, Facing Rushmore, at Busboys and Poets, 1390 V St. NW, 202-387-7638.

27 Sunday

5 P.M. Daniel Benjamin, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Steven Simon, professor at Georgetown University, discuss and sign their new book, The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting It Right, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

The Oyster Bilingual Elementary School, located at 29th & Calvert Sts. NW, is holding its 11th annual Bilingual Book Fair, Dec. 5-10 featuring more than 500 Spanish and bilingual titles encompassing translations, work by U.S. Latino authors and children's literature from Central America and the Caribbean. Hours are: Monday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Friday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 202-671-3035 for details.

The Audubon Naturalist Society will hold its very last Audubon Holiday Fair on Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at its location, 8940 Jones Bridge Rd., Chevy Chase, Md. As part of the fair, a natural history used book and print sale will be held, with free admission. For details, call 301-652-9188.

The University Club of Washington will hold its 16th annual Paul R. D'Armiento Meet the Author Night and Book Fair on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1135 16th St. NW. Some 40 authors are scheduled to attend, including Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Peter Baker, Pamela Duncan Edwards, Susan Glasser, Haynes Johnson, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Sen. Trent Lott, George Weigel and Jules Witcover. Contact Judy Voorhis-Gutierrez at 202-824-1378 or for details.

The Friends of the Southeast Library will hold its annual holiday book sale on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seventh & D Sts. SE. Books, cassettes, CDs and videos will be available; for details, call 202-547-8899.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold a tutor orientation session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, Md. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail to register.

The Volunteer Learning Program (VLP), a joint project of Fairfax County's Public Schools (Adult & Community Education), Public Library and Juvenile Court, is looking for volunteers for day and evening hours to work as one-on-one tutors with adults looking to complete high school. The program provides volunteer training, assessment of the adult learners and follow-up support. For details about opportunities this fall, call 703-246-2139 or e-mail