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 eg.washingtonpost.com/section/books.
7 P.M. Joseph A. Califano Jr. discusses and signs his new autobiography, Inside: A Public and Private Life, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
8 P.M. E.L. Doctorow reads from his new work of fiction, Sweet Land Stories, and discusses his career with senior NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and signing follow. Admission to this PEN/Faulkner event is $25; call 202-544-7077 to RSVP.
7 P.M. Bill Fitzhugh reads from and signs his new mystery novel, Radio Activity, at Olsson's-Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-3336.
12:30 P.M. David Osborne discusses and signs The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis (written with Peter Hutchinson) at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.
6 P.M. ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts discusses and signs Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation in an event sponsored by Olsson's Books and the Rosslyn Renaissance Room With a View Series and held at the Boeing Conference Center, 1200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. Call 703-522-6628 to RSVP.
6:30 P.M. Psychologist Jeffrey A. Kottler discusses American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions (written with Jon Carlson and the book's subject, Bradford Keeney, the first non-African to be inducted as a shaman in the Kunga Bush and Zulu cultures) at Reiter's Scientific and Professional Books, 2021 K St. NW, 202-223-3327.
7 P.M. Joyce Johnson discusses and signs Missing Men: A Memoir at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Charlotte Bacon reads from and signs her new novel, There Is Room For You, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7 P.M. Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his new book, The Reformation: A History, at the Women's National Democratic Club, 1529 New Hampshire Ave. NW in an event sponsored by the English-Speaking Union. A dinner with the author at 6:15 p.m. precedes the reading. Nonmember tickets for both the dinner and discussion are $35, $10 for the discussion alone. Call 202-234-4602 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
7 P.M. Helen Caldicott and Ken Silverstein take part in a joint discussion of their books, The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex and The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor, respectively, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. David Leavitt reads from and signs his new novel, The Body of Jonah Boyd, at Olsson's-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.
7:30 P.M. Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason read from and discuss their new suspense novel, The Rule of Four, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
6:30 P.M. Faith Adiele discusses and signs her reflections on her sojourn in Thailand, Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
6:30 P.M. Chuck Thompson presents a slide-illustrated discussion of The 25 Best World War II Sites: European Theater: The Ultimate Traveler's Guide to Battlefields, Monuments, and Museums at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.
7 P.M. Patricia Harwin reads from and signs her new mystery novel, Arson and Old Lace, at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.
7 P.M. Neal Bascomb discusses and signs his new book, The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It, with Wes Santee, the American athlete profiled in the book, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 202-347-0176.
10 A.M. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, hosts a day of WWII-related readings beginning with Bob Welch discussing American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy. At 2:30 p.m., veterans Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee discuss And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. For details and to RSVP, call 703-533-1155.
Noon. Walter Ford Carter discusses his memoir based on the letters his father sent from the battlefields of Europe in WWII, No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love: A Son's Journey to Normandy in conversation with co-author Terry Golway at the National Museum of American History, first fl. reception suite, 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. A question & answer session follows. Call 202-633-1000 for details.
7 P.M. Le Thi Diem Thuy reads from and signs her new novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
11 A.M. Peter Lion, a director at ESPN, discusses and signs The American St. Nick: Based On the True Story of the 28th Division's Compassion and Heroism in WWII Europe at Barnes & Noble-Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-8251.
4 P.M. J.L. King discusses On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep With Men at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 301-559-1140.
The National Archives, located at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, sponsors a lecture series, "World War II Hispanic American Heroes: One and Apart," on Friday, May 28 and Sunday, May 30. For a complete schedule, visit www.archives.gov/about_us/
The Nora School Poetry Reading Series is accepting submissions for its fifth season of readings (Fall 2004) through July 31. Entrants should send five pages of typed verse with a cover letter (detailing background in poetry writing and presentation) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Christopher Conlon, Reading Coordinator, Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md., 20910. For complete guidelines, visit www.nora-school.org.