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12 Monday

10 A.M. Tova Mirvis, author of the new novel The Outside World, discusses her work as part of the Peskowitz Summer Symposium Series, "A Jewish Writer's View," presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington and held at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Ave. in Rockville, Md. Admission to individual lectures is $12. For details, call 301-230-3747.

6:30 P.M. Donlyn Lyndon, a partner in the architectural firm MLTW, discusses his home designs for California's rural planned community the Sea Ranch, in a lecture at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. He will also sign the new illustrated monograph, The Sea Ranch. Call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Social activist Ralph Nader discusses and signs The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

13 Tuesday

7 P.M. Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for Gov. Howard Dean, discusses and signs The Revolution Will Not be Televised: Democrats, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Stacey D'Erasmo reads from and signs her new novel, A Seahorse Year, at Olsson's-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.

7:30 P.M. John Weisman reads from and signs his new CIA thriller, Jack in the Box, at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

7:30 P.M. Jonathan Barton and David Simpson read 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.

14 Wednesday

12:30 P.M. Charles D. Ellison discusses and signs his new novel, Tantrum, at Reprint Book Shop, 455 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 202-554-5070.

6:30 P.M. Journalist Jack Germond discusses and signs Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494. He will also sign books on Thursday, July 15, at 12:30 p.m. at Trover Book Shop, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-BOOK.

7 P.M. George Hagen reads from and signs his new novel, The Laments, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Adam Langer reads from and discusses his new novel, Crossing California, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. The novel is the current month's selection of P&P's book club.

7 P.M. Stephen Elliott reads from and signs his new novel, Happy Baby, at Olsson's-Dupont, 202-785-1133.

15 Thursday

1 P.M. Robert Kurson discusses and signs Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II at Borders-Pentagon Centre, 1201 Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.

1 P.M. Entertainment writer Erica Kennedy discusses and signs her new novel, Bling, at Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2660.

7 P.M. Biologist Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds and the new The Geese of Beaver Bog, presents a lecture, "The Riddle of the Raven," as part of the Smithsonian Associates program at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, lecture hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Schaffer discuss and sign Mom, Can I Move Back In With You?: A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7:30 P.M. The Cafe Muse poetry forum presents a publication reading for the anthology Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller's Cabin, 1984-2001, with contributors W. Perry Epes, Brian Gilmore and Anne Harding Woodworth at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading concludes the program.

16 Friday

3 P.M. Nichelle Tramble discusses and signs her new novel, The Last King, at Howard Univ. Bookstore, 202-238-2660. She will also appear that evening at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110, and again on Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m. at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433.

7 P.M. Washington Post writer Hank Stuever discusses and signs his new anthology of articles, Off Ramp: Adventures and Heartache in the American Elsewhere, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

The National Press Club holds its annual used book sale on Thursday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Murrow Room, 529 14th St. NW. Proceeds benefit the Eric Friedheim Library. For details, call 202-662-7523.

The Washington Literacy Council, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping adults in the District learn to read, is holding a tutor training workshop over three consecutive Wednesdays, July 14, 21 & 28, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (must attend all sessions) at its offices, 1918 18th St. NW, Ste. B2. For details and to register, call 202-387-9029 or e-mail