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.

5 Monday

1 P.M. George Weigel discusses and signs God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Debbie Nunley and Karen Jane Elliott discuss and sign A Taste of Maryland History: A Guide to Historic Eateries and Their Recipes at Borders-Hagerstown, 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., 301-745-5897.

7 P.M. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers discusses and signs Mencken: The American Iconoclast at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Poets Nancy Naomi Carlson, David Petruzelli and Dwaine Rieves (all published by Tupelo Press) read from their work as part of the poetry series at Juste Lounge Martinis & Grille, 6821 Reed St., Bethesda, Md. Call 240-899-6514 or e-mail mayorgapoetry@gmail.com for details.

6 Tuesday

Noon. The Poetry at Noon series presents "A Kaleidoscope of Virginia Poets," featuring readings by Sandra Beasley, Cliff Bernier, Karen Kevorkian, Lyn Lifshin and Katherine E. Young at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-1308.

6:30 P.M. Journalist and teacher Colman McCarthy discusses and signs I'd Rather Teach Peace at Busboys and Poets, 1390 V St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Columnist and child advocate Richard Louv discusses his new book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, at the National Conservation Training Center, Byrd Auditorium, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV, 304-876-7276.

7:30 P.M. Syndicated columnist Jules Witcover discusses and signs The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

7:30 P.M. The annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute will be celebrated with readings and original, interpretive dance pieces by poet Rosemarie Waldrop and choreographer Meisha Bosma and her company, BosmaDance, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A conversation focusing on inspiration in the arts and a reception follow. Tickets for this event, co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, are $12; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.

7 Wednesday

Noon. Joshua E. London discusses and signs Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation at the Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. For security reasons, call 202-433-6897 at least 24 hours in advance to RSVP.

4:30 P.M. George Mason University's Department of Modern and Classical Languages' celebration of the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote concludes this evening with a lecture by award-winning translator Edith Grossman (whose new translation of Cervantes's masterpiece came out in 2003) at the university's Johnson Center Cinema, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, Va.

6:30 P.M. Diana Gabaldon discusses her work, including A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the sixth volume of her popular "Outlander" series, in conversation with professor Pamela Regis as part of the Smithsonian Associates program being held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. A signing follows. Admission is $28 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes, reads from and signs his new memoir of life as a NYC public school teacher, Teacher Man, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404. He will also read on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Naomi Harris Rosenblatt discusses and signs After the Apple: Women in the Bible: Timeless Stories of Love, Lust and Longing at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

8 Thursday

3 P.M. Sociology professor Prudence L. Carter discusses Keepin' it Real: School Success Beyond Black and White, with commentary from local professors Roger Wilkins and Lory Dance, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). Call 202-691-4147 for details and to RSVP.

5 P.M. Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes, children's authors and illustrators, sign their new picture book, Maestro Mouse and the Mystery of the Missing Baton (commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra to mark its 75th anniversary) at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, both before (in the Hall of States) and after (in the Grand Foyer) performances of the "Holiday Pops" concerts beginning tonight. They will also sign at 9 p.m. this evening after the concert. Further signings will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, 6 p.m. and 10.p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for details.

6:45 P.M. Poet, essayist and Alaska native John Haines, author of the collection The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer and the memoir The Stars, the Snow, the Fire, reads from his work (after an introduction by U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser) at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 202-707-4225.

7 P.M. Former Washington Redskins lineman and current ESPN football analyst Mark May discusses and signs Mark May's Tales from the Washington Redskins (written with Dan O'Brien) at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

7:30 P.M. Washington Post writer Stephen Hunter and co-author John Bainbridge Jr. discuss and sign American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman -- And the Shoot-Out That Stopped It at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

9 Friday

12:30 P.M. Washington Post reporter David A. Vise and co-author Mark Malseed discuss and sign The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success of Our Time at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

8 P.M. N. Scott Momaday, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn and the novel The Ancient Child, and Debra Magpie Earling, author of the award-winning novel Perma Red, read from and discuss their work 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. This event is co-sponsored by PEN/Faulkner.

10 Saturday

11 A.M. Children's book author and illustrator Susan Stockdale signs her picture book, Carry Me! Animal Babies on the Move, at the National Zoo bookstore, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Visit www.nationalzoo.si.edu for details.

1 P.M. Kevin Wayne Johnson signs the books in his Give God the Glory! series at Karibu Books-Centre at Forestville, 3289 B Donnel Dr., Forestville, Md., 301-736-6170.

2 P.M. Sportscaster Phil Wood discusses and signs Nationals On Parade: 70 Years of Washington Nationals Photos (compiled with Mark Stang) at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.

2 P.M. Paul Clancy discusses and signs Ironclad: The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss, and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor at Borders-Frederick, 5533 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Md., 301-624-1577.

3 P.M. Pop-up book artist Robert Sabuda and illustrator Matthew Reinhart discuss and sign their new collaboration, Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

4:30 P.M. Suki Schorer, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and now a teacher at the School of American Ballet, signs Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer's Guide to Life at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House Grand Foyer. For details, call 202-416-8343 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.

7 P.M. Murray Horwitz, director of the AFI Silver Theatre, and NPR journalist Susan Stamberg read selections from Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season (culled from 15 years of the popular NPR holiday program) at Borders-Silver Spring, 301-585-0550.

11 Sunday

2 P.M. Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, discusses and signs The Domenichino Affair: Novelty, Imitation and Theft in Seventeenth-Century Rome (detailing the fracas over the altarpiece "The Last Communion of St. Jerome") at the National Gallery of Art, East Building auditorium, Fourth St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215.

3 P.M. Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and children's book author, reads from and signs his new book, A Room With a Zoo (based on the life of his young daughter, Julie), at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. Judy Neri and Jonathan Vaile read from their work at the Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-522-8340.

Suki Schorer, Dec. 10