3 writers to sign books as they visit

October 10, 2003|By Adrienne Saunders | Adrienne Saunders,SUN STAFF

Bibliophiles and celebrity watchers will have a full social calendar this weekend as three popular authors, Michael Moore, Don Novello and Mitch Albom, make appearances in and around Baltimore.

Bush-bashers can find refuge with Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? released on Tuesday. In the book, Moore poses seven questions to President Bush and gives his own version of the answers based on his research. Moore focuses on the Bush administration's relationship with Middle Eastern interests and demands the president's immediate removal from office.

On the heels of his Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine and controversial acceptance speech deriding the Bush administration, Moore's 30-city book tour stops at Shriver Hall at the Johns Hopkins University at 8 p.m. today with a free speech and book-signing reception.

Fans of the Lazlo Toth series from Novello can see him perform on Sunday at the Columbus Day celebration in Little Italy. Novello's first two collections of bizarre and prank letters, written under the guise of Lazlo Toth to corporate and political leaders in The Lazlo Letters and Citizen Lazlo, are updated in the third installment of the series.

From Bush to Bush: The Lazlo Toth Letters is a compilation of new correspondence written in the years between the start of the first Bush administration and the current White House. It includes letters from Lazlo chiding Queen Elizabeth for her "divisive, Yokoish" act of neglecting to knight the three other member of the Beatles along with Paul McCartney. Responses from unsuspecting dignitaries who often don't get the joke give a powerful punchline to Toth's over-the-top insanity.

Novello is scheduled to appear in the Columbus Day Parade at noon and at a book-signing booth during the festival at the intersection of Stiles and Albemarle streets at 2 p.m. He is also scheduled to portray his popular Saturday Night Live character Father Guido Sarducci at a dinner and wine-tasting at 5 p.m. at St. Leo's School Hall after the parade. Tickets for the event are $125.

For a less controversial evening, Tuesdays with Morrie author Mitch Albom comes to Rockville to promote his newest venture, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The book is a journey through the afterlife of an 83-year-old war veteran, Eddie, who dies trying to save a young girl.

Albom's book-signing begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the Borders bookstore in White Flint Mall.

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