The following events this week are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. This is not a complete listing. For additional events, see Bookshop on our pages or log on to

17 Monday

12:30 P.M. Attorney Jack Greenberg discusses Brown v. Board of Education: Witness to a Landmark Decision and Crusaders in the Courts: Legal Battles of the Civil Rights Movement in a conversation moderated by NAACP chairman Julian Bond at the National Museum of American History, 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. The event marks the May 15 opening of the museum's commemorative exhibit, "Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education." Call 202-633-1000 for details.

12:30 P.M. CBS news anchor Charles Osgood discusses and signs his new memoir, Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood During World War II, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610. He will also speak that evening at 7 p.m. at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

7:30 P.M. Lawyer and professor Alan M. Dershowitz discusses and signs America on Trial: The Cases That Define Our History at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

18 Tuesday

7 P.M. Alexandra Fuller discusses and signs Scribbling the Cat: Travels With an African Soldier at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Marita Golden discusses and signs Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. She will also speak on Saturday, May 22, at 3 p.m. at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433.

7 P.M. Dennis McFarland reads from and signs his new novel, Prince Edward, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Stephen Coonts reads from and signs his new Jake Grafton thriller, Liars & Thieves, at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., 703-437-9490.

7:30 P.M. Poets Jacqueline Jules, Bethany Matsko, Greg McBride and Miles David Moore read from their work, featured in the new issue of the Minimus Literary Journal, at Grace Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-7100.

19 Wednesday

1 P.M. Mark Perry discusses and signs Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 455 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

4 P.M. Alice Randall reads from and signs her new novel, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110. She will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md., 301-779-9300.

20 Thursday

11 A.M. Carole Burns hosts an online discussion with E.L. Doctorow regarding his newest work of fiction, Sweet Land Stories, as part of the Off the Page feature at under Live Online.

12:30 P.M. Peter Eisner, The Washington Post's deputy foreign editor, discusses and signs The Freedom Line: The Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen From the Nazis During World War II at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. Poet and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux reads from and signs his new novel, Asphalt, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

6:30 P.M. Michael Eric Dyson discusses and signs his new book, Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 301-352-4110. He will also be speaking on Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Law professor Sheryll Cashin discusses and signs The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream at the New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., 301-699-3500.

7 P.M. Matthew Hart discusses and signs The Irish Game: A True Story of Art and Crime at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Women's studies scholar Marilyn Yalom discusses and signs Birth of the Chess Queen: A History at the Freer Gallery of Art, conference room, 12th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000.

7:30 P.M. Poets Richard Blanco and Terese Svoboda share their work as part of the Cafe Muse series at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading concludes the program.

7:30 P.M. Tova Mirvis reads from and discusses her new novel, The Outside World, at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW, 202-777-3251.

7:30 P.M. Jim Lehrer and Kate Lehrer read from and sign their new novels, Flying Crows and Confessions of a Bigamist, respectively, at Barnes & Noble-Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-8244.

7:30 P.M. Patricia O'Brien reads from and signs her new novel, The Glory Cloak, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

23 Sunday

3 P.M. Georgia Scott discusses and signs her new photo-illustrated book, Headwraps: A Global Journey, at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.

5 P.M. Joshua Gilder and Anne-Lee Gilder discuss and sign Heavenly Intrigue: Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of History's Greatest Scientific Discoveries at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Wonder Boys, reads from and discusses his work at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. in Fairfax, Va., as part of the Nextbook series sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library and the D.C. Jewish Community Center. For details and to register, call 888-621-2230 or visit

Special Notices

Christ Church, the Episcopal parish at 118 North Washington St. in Old Town, Alexandria, is holding a used book sale May 22-23 to benefit the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan, and the Mengo Hospital in Uganda. Hours are Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.