Speaking of books...

Malalai Joya, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. The Afghan parliamentarian, who has been called “the bravest woman in Afghanistan,” discusses her new memoir. She has publicly denounced the presence of warlords and war criminals in the parliament and was suspended from her post in May 2007. That suspension is still under appeal. 7 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

MONDAY, Nov. 2

Stacey D’Erasmo and Jonathan Lethem read from their new novels set in post-9/11 New York City. D’Erasom’s The Sky Below will be published in January 2009 and traces the life of an obituary writer in post-9/11 Manhattan. Lethem’s Chronic City, available now, examines friendship and real estate among the rich and the rent-controlled. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online or by calling 202-544-7077.

THURSDAY, Nov. 5

Al Gore, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. The former vice president’s new book gathers “all of the most effective solutions that are available now” for the climate crisis. Gore argues the “only missing ingredient is collective will” to make the changes happen. He’ll discuss his arguments at George Washington University. 7 p.m., GW Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $10 each or receive two free tickets with a purchase of the book. Call 202-364-1919 for more information.