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

14 Monday

7 P.M. Samuel P. Huntington discusses and signs Who Are We?: The Challenges to America's National Identity at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Tracee Lydia Garner signs her new novel, The One Who Holds My Heart, at Love Cafe, 1509 U St. NW, 202-588-7100.

7 P.M. Humorist David Sedaris reads from and signs his new collection of essays, Dress Your Family in Denim and Corduroy, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. A limited number of free passes (one per person) will be distributed beginning at 8 a.m. at the store the day of the event; no reservations by phone.

15 Tuesday

3:30 P.M. Amitai Etzioni discusses his new book, From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th fl. conference room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A reception follows. To RSVP, e-mail or fax 202-691-4184 with name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address.

7 P.M. Mindy L. Klasky reads from and signs her new fantasy novel, The Glasswrights' Master, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Journalist David Brock discusses and signs The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. U.S. Army Ranger Andrew Exum discusses and signs This Man's Army: A Soldier's Story from the Front Lines of the War on Terrorism at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640.

7:30 P.M. Poets Bernadette Geyer and Brandon Johnson read their work as part of the Grace Church Poetry Coffeehouse series held at the church's Georgetown location, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-7100.

7:30 P.M. Kim Stanley Robinson reads from and signs his new sci-fi novel, Forty Signs of Rain, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404. He will also read on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

7:30 P.M. Peter Chapman and Carolyn Joyner read from their work as part of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series held at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park, 301-587-4954.

16 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Lee Stringer reads from and discusses his new memoir, Sleepaway School: Stories from a Boy's Life, in an event sponsored by Vertigo Books and the National Coalition for the Homeless and held at the Sumner School, corner of 17th St. & M Sts. NW. Call 301-779-9300 or 202-442-6060 for details.

6:30 P.M. Nicole Bailey-Williams reads from and signs her new novel, Floating, at the Forest Park Branch Library, 3023 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-0942. She will also read on Thursday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

7 P.M. Charles McCarry reads from and signs his new espionage novel, Old Boys, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610. He will also read on Friday, June 18, at 1 p.m. at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. Robert Littell discusses and signs The Men We Became: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr. at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

7:30 P.M. Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary discusses and signs 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life: How to Live Well with the Money You Have at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., 703-228-5984.

17 Thursday

12:30 P.M. Michael Blitz and Louise Krasniewicz discuss and sign Why Arnold Matters: The Rise of a Cultural Icon at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

12:30 P.M. Columnist and MSNBC commentator Bill Press discusses and signs Why Bush Must Go: The Top Ten Reasons George Bush Doesn't Deserve a Second Term at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Authors Ron Rosenbaum, Jeffrey Goldberg and Jonathan Groner take part in a panel discussion, "Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism," at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Poets Gray Jacobik and Ron Mohring read from 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. Edward H. Bonekemper discusses and signs A Victor Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant's Overlooked Military Genius at Borders-Pentagon Centre, 1201 Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166. He will also appear on Saturday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Borders-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., 703-359-8420.

7:30 P.M. Thaddeus Holt discusses and signs The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.

18 Friday

7 P.M. Alain de Botton discusses and signs Status Anxiety at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Journalist Ken Ellingwood discusses and signs Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Michael Kranish and Nina J. Easton discuss and sign John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best (written with Brian C. Mooney) at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

19 Saturday

4 P.M. Eric Shanower discusses and signs his award-winning graphic novel Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships (Vol. 1), at Big Planet Comics, 4908 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-6856.

Special Notices

Former congressman Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen read from and discuss their new Civil War novel, Grant Comes East, Sunday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., 703-437-9490.

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 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Christopher Conlon, Readings Coordinator, Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md., 20910. For complete guidelines, visit