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

19 Monday

10 A.M. Michael Shapiro, author of The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together, speaks 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. Individual lectures are $12. For complete details, call 301-230-3747.

7 P.M. Warren Kozak discusses and signs The Rabbi of 84th St.: The Extraordinary Life of Haskel Besser at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Sally Bedell Smith discusses and signs Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.

20 Tuesday

6 P.M. Historian Barry Strauss presents an illustrated discussion of his new book, The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- And Western Civilization as part of the Smithsonian Associates program held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP.

7 P.M. Jacob Slichter, drummer for the band Semisonic, discusses and signs So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: Dispatches from the Belly of the Beast at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Eric Vesper and Ernie Wormwood 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.

21 Wednesday

Noon. Eric Jerome Dickey reads from and signs his new novel, Drive Me Crazy, at Borders-14th St., corner of 14th & F Sts. NW, 202-737-1385. He will also read that evening at 6 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

12:30 P.M. James M. Day discusses and signs Oilmen and Other Scoundrels at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

1 P.M. Ann Hood reads from and signs her new collection of short stories, The Ornithologist's Guide to Life, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7:30 P.M. Walter Mosley reads from and signs his new Easy Rawlins mystery, Little Scarlet, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

22 Thursday

1 P.M. Carole Burns hosts an online discussion with Irish author Colm Toibin on his new novel of Henry James, The Master, as part of the Off the Page feature at under Live Online.

7 P.M. Carl Lennertz, vice-president for marketing at publisher HarperCollins, discusses and signs Cursed By a Happy Childhood: Tales of Growing Up, Then and Now at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson discusses and signs Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry at Olsson's-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.

7 P.M. Danish author Pia Tafdrup reads from her most recent collection of poetry, Queen's Gate, and screens the U.S. premiere of her new short film, "Thousandborn," at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. A reception and signing follow. Admission is $8 for nonmembers; call 202-783-7370.

23 Friday

7 P.M. Eugene Robinson, managing editor of The Post's Style section, discusses and signs Last Dance in Havana: The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

24 Saturday

1 P.M. Local author Margit Meissner signs her memoir, Margit's Story, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, 202-488-0400.

2 P.M. Executive chef Bryan Voltaggio, from the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse Restaurant, joins author Juliette Rossant in a discussion of her new book, Super Chef: The Making of the Great Modern Restaurant Empires, at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811. The event includes a food tasting, courtesy of Voltaggio.

3 P.M. Jeffery Deaver reads from and signs his new thriller, Garden of Beasts, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

Special Notices

Washington Writers' Publishing House announces an open call for poetry and fiction submissions from residents living within 60 driving miles of the Capitol (Baltimore region included). For complete guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to WWPH Book Competitions, c/o 117 Hamilton Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20901-3417.

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