The Literary Calendar in the May 30 Book World section misstated the date of the Washington Independent Writers' 25th annual writers conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, June 5. (Published 6/3/04)

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

1 Tuesday

7 P.M. Rachel Pastan reads from and signs her new novel, This Side of Married, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Helen Caldicott discusses and signs The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 455 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

2 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. David Haynes reads from and signs his new novel, The Full Matilda, at the Enoch Pratt Free Libray, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494. He will also read on Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md., 301-779-9300, and again on Friday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

7 P.M. Chris Colin, an alumnus of Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson High School, discusses and signs What Really Happened to the Class of '93: Start-Ups, Dropouts, and Other Navigations Through an Untidy Decade at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 703-299-9124. He will also speak on Thursday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, Va., 703-765-5950, and again on Friday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Poets Ray Allard, Michael Gushue, Dan Vera and others take part in the Brookland Poetry Series #5, "Bring On DaBugs, Bring On DaNoise," at the Brookland Visitors Center, 3420 Ninth St. NE. For details, call 202-526-1632 or e-mail

3 Thursday

3 P.M. Anne L. Alstott discusses No Exit: What Parents Owe Their Children and What Society Owes Parents at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.), 202-691-4147.

6 P.M. Investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark discuss and sign The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure as part of the Smithsonian Associates program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jefferson Auditorium, entrance on Independence Ave. between 12th & 14th Sts. SW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Peter Mayle reads from and discusses his new Provence-set novel, A Good Year, at the National Press Club, ballroom, 529 14th St. NW. Tickets ($5) are available at any Olsson's Books & Records location (except the airport); call 202-638-7610 for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. Sarah Micklem reads from and signs her new fantasy novel, Firethorn, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Historian Gordon S. Wood discusses and signs The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Award-winning writer Danzy Senna reads from and signs her new novel, Symptomatic, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Jeanine Cummins discusses and signs A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of a Murder and Its Aftermath at Olsson's-Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-3336. She will also speak on Friday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Borders-Frederick, 534 N. Frederick Ave., 301-921-0990.

7:30 P.M. Edward H. Bonekemper discusses and signs A Victor Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant's Overlooked Military Genius at Barnes & Noble-Harbour Center, 2516 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis, Md., 410-573-2084.

4 Friday

7 P.M. Singer and songwriter Buzz Cason discusses and signs his new memoir, Living the Rock 'n Roll Dream, and performs some of his work at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766. He will also appear on Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at Olsson's-Old Town, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703-684-0077.

5 Saturday

1 P.M. Former Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken Jr. and his brother, Bill Ripken, discuss and sign Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals (written with Larry Burke) at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

1 P.M. Walter J. Boyne discusses and signs his work, including Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Right, What Went Wrong, and Why, at Final Draft Booksellers, 192 N. 21st St., Purcellville, Va., 540-338-8238.

Special Notices

Washington Independent Writers (WIW) holds its 25th anniversary writers conference on Saturday, June 4, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cafritz Conference Center, George Washington Univ., 800 21st St. NW. The event features more than 50 "how-to" panels with a wide array of editors, agents and authors, an address by plenary speaker Ralph Keyes at 9 a.m. and a keynote address luncheon with Washington Post writer Stephen Hunter at 1:10 p.m. The day concludes with an awards reception at 5:30 p.m. Registration fee for nonmembers is $305; call 202-737-9500 or visit for complete details.

The 2004 Book Design and Effectiveness Awards Ceremony and Reception, sponsored by Washington Book Publishers, is being held on Wednesday, June 2, at 6 p.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1800 K St. NW. Admission is $35 for nonmembers; call 202-232-7933 for details.

The Chinn Park Regional Library holds its semi-annual used book sale June 4-6 at 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge, Va. Hours are: Friday & Saturday, June 4 & 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 6, noon to 3 p.m. Call 703-792-4890 for details.

The Tallahassee Writers' Association is once again looking for submissions for the Penumbra Poetry & Haiku Contest, now in its 17th year. Entries can be submitted through June 30, 2004. The fee is $5 per poem (up to 50 lines) and $3 per haiku. For complete guidelines, e-mail or visit The address for entries is TWA Penumbra, P.O. Box 15995, Tallahassee, FL 32317.

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, Readings Coordinator, Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md., 20910. For complete guidelines, visit