12:30 P.M. Lisa Scottoline signs her new mystery, Devil's Corner, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. She will also read and sign at 7 p.m. that evening at Olsson's-Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-3336.
6:30 P.M. The Inter-American Development Bank's Diversity Group is sponsoring an event with Jamaican novelist Patricia Powell , who will discuss Chinese immigration to her native island during the 19th century, the inspiration for her novel The Pagoda. The IDB Cultural Center is at 1300 New York Ave. NW; call 202-623-3558 or visit their site for details.
7 P.M. Joseph Kanon reads from and signs his new World War II thriller, Alibi, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 2008. Event Phone: 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series features readings by Carrie Bennett , winner of the 2004 Washington Prize for Biography of Water, and Donna Denize , author of the collection Broke Like Job, at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park. For details and rain location, 301-587-4954.
6:30 P.M. Darren Coleman signs his new novel, Don't Ever Wonder, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
7 P.M. Edna Buchanan reads from and signs her new mystery, Shadows (follow-up to last year's Cold Case Squad), at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640.
7 P.M. Clarinda Harris, Rod Jellema and Roseanne Singer read from their poetry at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416. An open reading follows.
7 P.M. Ray Villard, Infinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to the Planets Beyond Our Sun. Baltimore scientist Villard signs his new book and discusses new astronomical discoveries and solar planets. Barnes & Noble, 1819 Reisterstown Road,
Pikesville EVENT PHONE: 410-415-5758
Noon Charles E. Lathrop discusses and signs The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage and Intelligence at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, 202-393-7798.
Noon. Forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs reads from and signs her new Tempe Brennan thriller, Cross Bones, as part of the Smithsonian Associates series held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP. She will also read at 7:30 p.m. that evening at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
7 P.M Writing Young Adult Fiction. Young adult novels are one of the most popular genres in publishing today--and one of the easiest to break into for first-time novelists. Find out the secrets to writing and polishing your manuscript and how to sell it from author Adam Meyer. Meyer is the author of The Last Domino, a YA suspense novel recently published by Putnam and nominated as an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. His second novel, When She's Gone, is due out in 2006. Bertucci's Restaurant, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Clarendon, Va., at the Market Common in Clarendon. (703) 528-9177 for directions. Order food and drink from 6:30 p.m. Meyer will speak at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Washington Independent Writers. Cost to WIW Members is $5 with advance payment; $7 at the door. Nonmember cost is $10 with advance payment; $15 at the door. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call (202) 737-9500.
7 P.M. Evans D. Hopkins , a former member of the Black Panther Party, discusses and signs his new memoir, Life After Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption, at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.
7:30 P.M. Fireworks Fiction. Want to marshal your creativity? Stockpile story ideas? Conquer writer's block, or rocket your thinking "out of the box?" Then sharpen your pencils and join us in Leesburg for an evening of wordplay, writing prompts and games. $6 ($4 for members and Leesburg residents.) Event held at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. More info through the Writer’s Center.
1 P.M. First Saturday Series Local authors sign copies of their books: T.P. Luce, Tha Bloc; Richard LaMotte, Pure Sea Glass; Peter Dans Perry's Baltimore Adventure; Vince Wilson, Ghost Tech; Stephen Parlato, The World That Loved Books; and Julio Malone, Sammy Sosa in 9 Innings. Barnes & Noble, 601 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. Event Phone: 410-385-1709