7:30 P.M. Richard McCann , co-director of the creative writing program at American University, reads from and signs his new novel, Mother of Sorrows, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
7 P.M. Amitav Ghosh reads from and signs his new novel, The Hungry Tide, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Richard McCann , co-director of the creative writing program at American University, reads from and signs his new novel, Mother of Sorrows, at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.
12 Noon Dorothea Benton Frank signs the fifth novel in her Lowcountry Tales, Pawley's Island, at Borders-Downtown, 18th and L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
12:30 P.M. "DC Celebrates Whitman: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass": Luncheon and Poetry Reading featuring David McAleavey, Clarinda Harriss, Linda Joy Burke, and Robert R. Giron. A tribute to Whitman's living legacy. Authors featured in The Whitman Issue of Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly read from Whitman and their own work. Hosted by Mark Ohnmacht. Sponsored by The Arts Club of Washington. Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:30 to 2:30 pm $15 Admission cost includes lunch. The Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC. (202) 331-7282. Further info available at Washington Art.
5:30 P.M. New Yorker magazine writer Adam Gopnik discusses and signs his recent anthology, Americans in Paris, at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 202-501-5000.
7 P.M. Martin Dickinson, Nan Fry and Martin Galvin read from their poetry at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416. An open reading follows.
7 P.M. D.C. Poets Against the War is sponsoring a reading with poets Baron Wormser , author of Carthage , and Pamela Uschuk , author of Scattered Risks, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553.
11:30 A.M. Judith Farr , author of The Passion of Emily Dickinson and The Gardens of Emily Dickinson (written with Louise Carter) presents a lecture, "Spring in Emily Dickinson's Real & Poetic Gardens," at the Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. This English-Speaking Union event begins with a reception, followed by a lunch at 12:30 p.m. and lecture at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25; to RSVP, call 202-234-4602.
8 P.M. Archie the Messenger: A poetic sit. Bring a poem and your drum. Notre Maison, 18 West 25th Street, Baltimore. 410-235-4773
6:30 P.M. Daaimah S. Poole signs her new novel, What's Real, at Karibu Books, Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730.
2 P.M. Connie Briscoe signs her new novel, Can't Get Enough (the follow-up to P.G. County ) at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.
7:30 P.M. The Smokin' Word Revolution. A closed mic set featuring spoken-word poetry hosted by E the poet-emcee. Sylvan Beach Cafe, 7 W. Preston St, Baltimore. 410-685-5752.