5 MONDAY | 6 P.M. Photographer Lynn Abercrombie discusses her new book, “Traveling the World for National Geographic: Photographs and Stories,” written with her husband and fellow photographer, Tom, at the Bank of America Washington headquarters, 730 15th St. NW, in an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. A reception and book signing follow. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for council members. Call 202-293-1051 or visit www.worldaffairsdc.org to RSVP.

7 P.M. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, discusses and signs the illustrated “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The Folger Shakespeare Library presents the annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute, with poet Aracelis Girmay, author, most recently, of the collection “Kingdom Animalia,” reading from both her own work and that of Dickinson, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception (featuring a black cake made from Dickinson’s own recipe) and book sale and signing follow. Tickets are $15; for details and to RSVP, call 202-544-7077 or visit www.folger.edu/poetry. Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.

6 TUESDAY | 7 P.M. “Sisters in Crime” is the theme of a reading and signing with mystery writers Donna Andrews (“The Real Macaw: A Meg Langslow Mystery”), Ellen Crosby (“The Sauvignon Secret: A Wine Country Mystery”), G.M. Malliet (“Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel”), Alan Orloff (“Killer Routine: A Last Laff Mystery”) and Sandra Parshall (“Under the Dog Star: A Rachel Goddard Mystery”) at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Light refreshments will be served; call 703-746-1702.

7 WEDNESDAY | Noon. William Michael Morgan reads from and discusses “Pacific Gibraltar: U.S.-Japanese Rivalry Over the Annexation of Hawai’i, 1885-1898” at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 202-357-5000. A book signing follows.

6 P.M. Historian Stanley Wenintraub reads from and discusses his new book, “Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941,” at the National Portrait Gallery bookstore, 202-633-5450. A book signing follows.

7 P.M. James Beard Award-winning food writer and cook Melissa Clark discusses and signs her new book, “Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make,” at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 “Eye” St. NW. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door or two free with purchase of the book. For details, call 202-408-3100 or visit www.sixthandi.org.

7 P.M. CIA veteran and stand-up comic Ed Mickolus reads from and discusses his new book, “The Secret Book of CIA Humor,” at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington, Va., 703-300-9746.

7 P.M. Daniel Kahneman, a professor of psychology emeritus at Princeton University, discusses and signs his new, best-selling book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. John Lewis Gaddis, a professor of history at Yale University, reads from and discusses “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” his biography of the renowned American diplomat, in a conversation with National Public Radio’s Jim Siegel at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Visit www.hillcenterdc.org to RSVP. Gaddis will also speak on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at American University’s School of International Service, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and again at 7 p.m. that evening at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

11 SUNDAY | 2 P.M. Professors David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates Jr. discuss the three volumes of “The Image of the Black in Western Art, Part 2” (which they edited) in a conversation with Sharmila Sen, general editor for the humanities at Harvard University Press, at the National Gallery of Art, East Bldg. auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The event will be moderated by Faya Causey, head of academic programs at the gallery. A book signing follows; for details, call 202-737-4215 or visit www.nga.gov.

SPECIAL NOTICE | Sanfoka Video, Books & Cafe (2714 Georgia Ave. NW) is hosting its Second Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Fair, “Magical Mirrors,” Dec. 3-11, which wraps up with a holiday bazaar. Call 202-234-4755 or visit www.sankofa.com for details.

For more literary events, go to washingtonpost.com/gog/ and search “book event.”