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28 Monday

10 A.M. Martin Goldsmith, author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany, presents a lecture as part of the Peskowitz Summer Series, "A Jewish Writer's View," presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington and held at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 1330 Arctic Ave., Rockville, Md. Admission is $12. For details about the event, as well as the entire lecture series, call 301-230-3747.

29 Tuesday

7 P.M. Kate Lehrer and Jim Lehrer will be reading from and signing their new novels, Confessions of a Bigamist and Flying Crows, respectively, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Jenny McPhee reads from and signs her new novel, No Ordinary Matter, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Jeanne Allen and Jo Jimenez, winners of the Young Poets Competition, join Joanna Catherine Scott for a reading of 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.

30 Wednesday

6 P.M. Amitai Etzioni and James Rosenau discuss their new books, From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations and Distant Proximities: Dynamics Beyond Globalization, respectively, at George Washington Univ., Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW, Rm. 602. A reception follows.

6:30 P.M. Nicolaus Mills discusses and signs Their Last Battle: The Fight for the National World War II Memorial at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Sarah Strohmeyer reads from and signs her new Bubbles Yablonsky mystery, Bubbles a Broad, at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067.

7 P.M. Blair Ewing, E. Ethelbert Miller and Miriam Morsel Nathan read from their poetry at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.

7 P.M. Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's magazine, discusses and signs Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Pierre-Fougere Cherisme and Pierre-Richard Desrosiers discuss their artwork, profiled in the new book Artisans of Haiti, in conversation with photographer Chantal Regnault at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Contributors Donna Andrews, Elizabeth Foxwell, Mary Ellen Hughes, Debbi Mack, Judith Pomeranz, Ellen Rawlings, Verna Suit and Marcia Talley discuss and sign the new short story anthology, Chesapeake Crimes, at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md., 410-313-7860.

7:30 P.M. Carolyn Parkhurst reads from and discusses her best-selling novel, The Dogs of Babel, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Columnist and MSNBC commentator Bill Press discusses and signs Bush Must Go!: The Top Ten Reasons George Bush Doesn't Deserve a Second Term at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

1 Thursday

7 P.M. Ted Botha discusses and signs Mongo: Adventures in Trash at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Washington Post foreign correspondent Pamela Constable discusses and signs Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

2 Friday

7 P.M. Louise Rennison reads from and discusses her new young-adult novel, Away Laughing on a Fast Camel (the fifth Georgia Nicolson adventure) at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

3 Saturday

11 A.M. Jessica Baron Turner discusses Your Musical Child: Inspiring Kids to Play and Sing for Keeps at A Likely Story Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-836-2498.

1 P.M. Jonathan Luckett signs his new novel, How Ya Livin', at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.