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21 Monday

10 A.M. Historian Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, is the first speaker in this season's Peskowitz Summer Symposium Series, "A Jewish Writer's View," sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington and held at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Sylvia Ely Auditorium, 13300 Arctic Ave. in Rockville, Md. Cost for the entire series, which continues each Monday through Aug. 2, is $40 for the general public, $30 for members. Individual lectures are $12. For complete details or to register, call 301-230-3747.

7 P.M. Literary critic James Wood discusses and signs his new collection of essays, The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

22 Tuesday

12:30 P.M. J.R. Lankford reads from and signs her new thriller, The Jesus Thief, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. Pamela Thomas Graham signs her new Ivy League mystery, Orange Crushed, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Political humorist P.J. O'Rourke discusses and signs his new book, Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. He will also speak on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 to RSVP.

7 P.M. National Book Award-winner Barry Lopez reads from and discusses Resistance at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Michael Davis, Patricia Garfinkel and Howard Gofreed 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.

23 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Charles J. Ogletree, author of All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education; and D.C. Council member Kevin P. Chavous, author of Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education, discuss their books in an event sponsored by Sisterspace and Books and held at the Univ. of the District of Columbia, Bldg. 38, 2nd fl., 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-332-3433. Kevin Chavous will also speak on Sunday, June 27, at 3 p.m. at Sisterspace and Book, 1515 U St. NW.

7 P.M. Journalist Bonnie Anderson discusses and signs News Flash: Journalism, Infotainment, and the Bottom-Line Business of Broadcast News at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Ken Venturi, former pro golfer and veteran sports broadcaster, discusses and signs his new memoir, Getting Up & Down: My 60 Years in Golf (written with Michael Arkush) at Barnes & Noble-Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 703-299-9124.

7 P.M. Journalist Norman Kelley discusses and signs The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Death of Black Politics at Olsson's-Arlington/Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Former FBI agent Christopher Whitcomb reads from and signs his new thriller, Black, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

24 Thursday

Noon. Washington Post writer Joel Achenbach discusses and signs A Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West at the Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. For security reasons, all guests must RSVP at 202-433-6897. He will also speak that evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

7 P.M. Francis Wheen discusses his new book, Idiot Proof: Deluded Celebrities, Irrational Power Brokers, Media Morons and the Erosion of Common Sense, in conversation with journalist Christopher Hitchens at Borders-14th St., corner of 14th & F Sts. NW, 202-737-1385.

7 P.M. Donna Brazile, former campaign chairman for Al Gore, discusses and signs her new memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, at the Hyattsville Branch Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, Md., 301-699-3500. She will also speak on Saturday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Patrick McGrath reads from and signs his new novel, Port Mungo, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Politics and Prose is hosting a panel discussion on global climate change with Mark Lynas, author of High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis; James Trefil, author of Human Nature: A Blueprint for Managing the Earth -- By People, For People; and Rod Fujita, author of Heal the Ocean: Solutions for Saving Our Seas. Call 202-364-1919 for details.

25 Friday

2:30 P.M. Travis Hunter signs his new novel, A One Woman Man, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640. He will also sign on Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

7:30 P.M. David Brooks discusses and signs On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

26 Saturday

2 P.M. A. Van Jordan reads from and signs his new collection of poetry, Macnolia, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 301-559-1140.

7:30 P.M. David Mizejewski, director of the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program, discusses and signs his new book, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

Special Notices

Politics and Prose Bookstore is hosting a book release party on Monday evening, June 21, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the new memoir by former president Bill Clinton, My Life, which officially publishes June 22. The festivities start with a panel discussion, "Clinton: A Retrospective," with Rep. Barney Frank, former Clinton administration official Anne Shields and Washington Post reporter John Harris, followed by refreshments. The book will be available for purchase (or pickup if you have pre-purchased) promptly at midnight. Call 202-364-1919 for details.