An author lecture originally scheduled for tomorrow and listed in today's Book World, which is printed in advance, has been postponed. Joan Nathan, author of "Jewish Cooking in America" and "The New American Cooking," will appear at the Cleveland Park Branch Library at a date to be announced. For information, call 202-282-3080. (Published 12/11/2005)

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12 Monday

6:30 P.M. Joan Nathan, author of Jewish Cooking in America and the recently published The New American Cooking, presents a slide-illustrated talk, "Innovators and Innovations in American Food Since 1965," at the Cleveland Park Branch Library, Connecticut and Macomb Sts. NW. A signing follows; call 202-282-3080 for details.

7 P.M. David Baldacci reads from and signs his new thriller, The Camel Club, at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766. He will also read on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

7 P.M. Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the syndicated strip "Frazz," discusses and signs his new anthology, Frazz: Live at Bryson Elementary, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten, will introduce Mallett.

7 P.M. Buzz Bissinger and St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa discuss 3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager, Bissinger's account of a three-game series between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs baseball teams in 2003, in an interview with bestselling author John Grisham at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets to this Smithsonian Associates program are $28 for the general public; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

13 Tuesday

Noon. Former Navy lieutenant Ernest Alvarez Jr. signs his memoir, Chained Eagle: The Heroic Story of the First American Shot Down over North Vietnam (written with Anthony S. Pitch), along with Taylor Baldwin Kiland and Jamie Howren signing Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later, at the Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. NW, 202-842-0920.

1 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Art Buchwald discusses and signs his new anthology of articles, Beating Around the Bush, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

5 P.M. Professor John Stachel presents the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' 2005 Dibner Library Lecture, "1905: Einstein's Miraculous Year," drawn from his anthology Einstein's Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics, at the National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, 202-633-1000.

7 P.M. Photographer Roy Sewall presents a slide-illustrated discussion of his new book, Our Potomac: From Great Falls Through Washington, D.C., at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550. He will also speak on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Borders-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., 703-359-8420.

7:30 P.M. Eli N. Evans presents a lecture, "Blue and Gray, Red and Blue," drawn from his books The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South and The Lonely Days Were Sundays: Reflections of a Jewish Southerner, as part of the "nextbook" series being held at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $8; call 888-621-2230 or visit for details.

14 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Historian Joan DeJean discusses The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour at the Embassy of France, La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. For details and to RSVP, e-mail

15 Thursday

5 P.M. Jose Andres, executive chef at local restaurants Jaleo, Cafe Atlantico, Zaytina and Oyamel, signs his new cookbook, A Taste of Spain in America, at Sur La Table, Pentagon Row, 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va. He will also offer a cooking demonstration at 6:30 p.m. (registration and a $60 fee is required). For details, call 703-414-3580.

6 P.M. Rachael Ray signs her new cookbook based on her popular Food Network program, 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners, at Borders-White Flint, 301-816-1067.

6:30 P.M. Linda Levy Peck, a professor of history at George Washington University, presents an illustrated lecture on her new book, Consuming Splendor (detailing the explosion in the acquisition of luxury goods in 17th-century England and its transformation of myriad aspects of English society), at the Dacor Bacon House, 1801 F St. NW. Peck is also co-curator of an exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library mounted in conjunction with the book's publication. A reception is followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. and the lecture at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $35 for the entire evening, $15 for the lecture alone. For details about this program, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, call 202-234-4602 or e-mail

7:30 P.M. Joyce Kramer, Renee Fisher and Jean Peelen discuss and sign Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 at the Jewish Community Center, 8900 Little River Tnpk., Fairfax, Va., 703-323-0880.

7:30 P.M. Robert L. Giron, editor of Gival Press, and poets Piotr Gwiazda, Kim Roberts and J.D. Smith read from the multilingual anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders 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.

17 Saturday

Noon. Jonathan Harr discusses and signs The Lost Painting: The Search for a Caravaggio Masterpiece at the National Gallery of Art, East Building auditorium, Fourth St. and Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215.

1 P.M. Jerry A. McCoy discusses and signs Historic Silver Spring at the Batimore & Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md., 301-565-2519.

Special Notice

The Literacy Volunteers of America, Prince William County chapter, will hold training workshops for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read and write on two Saturdays in January 2006: Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr. in Woodbridge, Va. Deadline for registration is Dec. 28; call 703-670-5702 or e-mail for details.