26MONDAY11:30 A.M. Paul Orfalea, founder of the Kinko's company, presents a lecture on how to succeed in business and in life, drawn from his 2005 memoir Copy This!: Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea Into One of America's Best Companies (written with Ann Marsh), at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5664. 6:30 P.M.National pollster Frank Luntzdiscusses and signs his new book, Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The event is free, but reservations are recommended; call 202-662-7129 or e-mail opus@press.org.

7 P.M. Jon Clinchreads from and signs his new novel, Finn, at Olsson's Books-Crystal City, 2200 Crystal Dr., Arlington, Va., 703-413-8121.

7 P.M.ABC News correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburgdiscusses and signs Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Tim Dorseyreads from and signs his new comic mystery, Hurricane Punch, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

27 TUESDAY11:45 A.M.Historian Andrew Robertsdiscusses and signs A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 at the Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Call 202-974-2400 or e-mail events@hudson.org to RSVP.

6 P.M.Sara Paretskyreads from and discusses her most recent mystery, Fire Sale, as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room. This event celebrates the 25th anniversary of her most popular character, private eye V.I. Warshawski. Call 202-707-5221 for details.

7 P.M.Former secretary of state James A. Baker III, author of the memoir "Work Hard, Study ... and Keep Out of Politics!": Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life, presents the fifth annual Kissinger Lecture on Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-2692.

7 P.M.Writer, director and producer George Stevens Jr., founder of the American Film Institute (AFI), discusses and signs Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Admission is $16 for nonmembers; call 202-639-1700 for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M.Professor Michael Eric Dysonreads from his new anthology of essays, Debating Race, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Janice Grahamreads from and signs her new historical novel, The Tailor's Daughter, at Olsson's Books-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.

7:30 P.M."An Evening of Jazz and Poetry," the monthly series held at Grace Episcopal Church, located at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown, features readings by M. LeeAlexanderand Cliff Bernier, with music by Pedro Machado-Lucesand Jay Wasserman(guitar and vocals, respectively). Light food and coffee provided. There is a $5 suggested donation; call 202-333-7100 for details.

28 WEDNESDAY9 A.M.The Book Bridge Project is sponsoring a talk by writer Marita Golden, drawn from her memoir Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex, at Prince George's Community College, Rennie Forum in the Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro, Md. Call 301-322-0575 for details. 1:30 P.M. Arthur Japinreads from and signs his historical novel In Lucia's Eyes (new in paperback) at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

6:30 P.M. Obery M. Hendricks Jr., a professor at New York Theological Seminary, discusses and signs The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M.Poets Anne Beckerand Kathi Wolferead from their work as part of the monthly series "A Space Inside" (which alternates between fiction and poetry) at Riverby Books, 417 East Capitol St. SE, 202-543-4342.

7 P.M. Roland Mesnier, the White House pastry chef who retired in 2004, discusses and signs his new memoir, All the Presidents' Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House, at Olsson's Books-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M.Historian James M. McPhersondiscusses and signs This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. He will also speak on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Olsson's Books-Old Town, 106 S. Union St., 703-684-0077.

7 P.M. Mary Ann Larkinand Patric Pepperread from their work as part of the poetry reading series at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.

1 THURSDAY4 P.M.Archaeologist and historian Karolyn Smardz Frostdiscusses and signs I've Got a Home in Glory Land: The True Story of Two Runaway Slaves Whose Flight to Freedom Changed History at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Moynihan Board Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). Call 202-691-4147 to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Michael K. Fauntroy, an assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University, discusses and signs his new book, Republicans and the Black Vote, at the TransAfrica Forum, 1629 K St. NW, Ste. 1100 in an event co-sponsored by Karibu Books. For more details, call 202-223-1960, ext. 137 or e-mail info@transafricaforum.org.

7 P.M. Mat Johnsondiscusses and signs The Great Negro Plot: An Urban Historical (documenting a rumored slave revolt in 18th-century New York City), at the Oxon Hill Branch Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill Md., 301-839-2400.

7 P.M.Political columnist Joe Conasondiscusses and signs It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Rita Mae Brownreads from and signs her new Mrs. Murphy mystery, Puss 'n Cahoots, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M.Poets Kenny Carrolland Brian Gilmoreread from their work, along with music by saxophonist Marshall Keys, for an evening of jazz and poetry presented by the "Literature Live!" reading series at the University of the District of Columbia, Bldg. 46, West Recital Hall, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, contact Marita Golden at mgolden@udc.edu.

2 FRIDAY7 P.M.Former NBA player John Amaechidiscusses and signs his new memoir, Man in the Middle (written with Chris Bull), at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969. 7 P.M.Journalist Bill Gifford, the features editor for the magazine Men's Journal, discusses and signs Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M.Ethiopian-born writer Dinaw Mengestu reads from and signs his first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, at Olsson's Books-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M.The Northern Virginia Writers' "First Friday" series presents a discussion on how writers can draft winning query letters introducing their manuscripts to prospective literary agents by Paige Wheeler, founding partner of Folio Literary Management, at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. Admission is $4 for Writer's Center members and Leesburg residents, $6 for the general public. Call 301-654-8664 or visit http://www.writer.orgfor more details.

3SATURDAY2 P.M. Leslie J. Sherrodsigns her novel Like Sheep Gone Astray at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville, Md., 301-559-1140. She will also sign that afternoon at 5 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie, Md., 301-352-4110.

6 P.M.Local professor Scott W. Bergdiscusses and signs Grand Avenues: The Story of the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

SPECIAL NOTICESThe Walter Johnson High School All-School Booster Clubwill hold its annual book saleon Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the WJHS Conference Center located at 6400 Rock Spring Dr. in Bethesda, Md. Proceeds benefit extracurricular activities at the high school. For more details, e-mail booksale@walterjohnson.com; for information on the All-School Booster Club, visit http://www.walterjohnson.com/orgs/booster.

The Surratt House Museum, located at 9118 Brandywine Rd. in Clinton, Md., will hold a used book saleon Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the James O. Hall Research Center. Many of the books focus on Abraham Lincoln, his assassination and Civil War history. For details, call 301-868-1121 or visit http://www.surratt.org.

The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Seriesseeks submissions from poets interested in taking part in its 2007 season during June and July in Rock Creek Park. For consideration, send five poems, a biographical sketch with name, address, phone number, e-mail addresses and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Rosemary Winslow, Catholic University, Dept. of English, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20064. Entries must be postmarked by March 31.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery Countywill hold an orientation session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English on Thursday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md. Call 301-610-0030 or e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.org for details and to register.