12:30 P.M. Michael Connelly signs his new Harry Bosch novel, The Closers , at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610. He will also read and sign at 7:30 p.m. that evening at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
1 P.M. Douglas M. Parker discusses and signs Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America's Laureate of Light Verse at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. The Walt Whitman Birthday Tribute Reading , part of the citywide festival "D.C. Celebrates Whitman" (commemorating the 150th anniversary of Leaves of Grass ), will feature poets Mark Doty , author of My Alexandria and School of the Arts (published in April), and Anne Waldman , author of Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Tickets are $10; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.
7:30 P.M. John Burdett reads from and signs Bangkok Tattoo (the follow-up to Bangkok 8 ) at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.
7 PM Author Mary Kay Zuravleff reads from her second novel The Bowl Is Already Broken. A tale of art, politics, and family, the novel begins with a precious Chinese porcelain bowl falling down the marble stairs of the fictional Museum of Asian Art, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. Location: Freer Conference Room. This is a free event.
7 P.M. Nicole Krauss reads from and signs her new novel, The History of Love, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Jane Alison reads from and signs her new novel, Natives and Exotics, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553
6:30 P.M. Gregory Maguire , author of the fairytale riffs Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, reads from and signs his newest book in the Hamlet Chronicles series for young readers, One Final Firecracker, at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.
7 P.M. Jennifer Anne Kolger reads from and signs her new young adult novel,
Ruby Tuesday, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761. She will also read on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.
7 P.M. Poets Mark Cox and Myra Sklarew , author of the collections Natural Causes and Lithuania: New And Selected Poems, respectively, read from their work as part of the Café Muse series at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-879-1959.
7 P.M. Francine du Plessix Gray discusses and signs Them: A Memoir of Parents at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.
7:30 P.M. Scott Simon , correspondent and host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" for NPR, reads from and signs his new novel, Pretty Birds, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.
1 P.M. Mary Kay Zuravleff reads from and signs her new novel, The Bowl Is Already Broken, at the B. Dalton Booksellers at Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, Md., 301-365-6209.
2 P.M. Connie Briscoe signs her new novel, Can't Get Enough (the sequel to P.G. County ) at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
3 P.M. Reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "Eureka". A reading of the poem by Edgar Allan Poe and art thing by New York-based Hope Sandrow. Mount Vernon Park Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place Baltimore 410-244-1030
7:30 P.M. Visiting writer Joyce Johnson will give a lecture at the Writer's Center, followed by question and answer, discussion, and a reception. Johnson is author of Missing Men: A Memoir and Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir, which focuses on her relationship with Jack Kerouac and other Beat writers. $10.00 (Member) $15.00 (Non-Member) The lecture and discussion will be followed by a reception, included in the price of admission. The Writer's Center is located at 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD.
4 P.M. Poetic Voices Without Borders An anthology reading featuring poets published in Poetic Voices Without Borders, published by Gival Press. Readers will include Christopher Conlon, Robert Giron, E. Ethelbert Miller, Richard Peabody, and Myra Sklarew. The reading is followed by a reception and book signing. Held at the Writer's Center. $4.00 (Member)
$6.00 (Non-Member) The Writer's Center is located at 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD.
7:30 p.m. The Smokin' Word Revolution A closed mic set featuring spoken-word poetry hosted by E the poet-emcee. Located at the Sylvan Beach Café 7 W. Preston St., Baltimore. 410-685-5752