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 eg.washingtonpost.com/section/books.

26 Monday

10 A.M. Sol Wachtler and David Gould, authors of the legal thriller Blood Brothers, present a lecture 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; call 301-230-3747 for details.

6:30 P.M. Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony read from and sign their new social satire, Gotham Diaries, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110. They will also read on Tuesday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

27 Tuesday

7 P.M. Alice Hoffman reads from and signs her new collection of interconnected stories, Blackbird House, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227. She will also read on Wednesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

7:30 P.M. Laura Lippman reads from and signs her new Tess Monaghan mystery, By a Spider's Thread, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series wraps up its 29th season with readings from James Hopkins and Judy Neri at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park, 301-587-4954.

28 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a professor of psychiatry and public health, discusses and signs Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It at Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-3433.

7 P.M. Journalist Bryan Burrough discusses and signs Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. Christopher Tilghman reads from and signs his new novel, Roads of the Heart, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Anthony Capella reads from and signs his new novel, The Food of Love, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

29 Thursday

7 P.M. Paul Jaskunas reads from and signs his new novel, Hidden, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

30 Friday

Noon. John Norton Moore, a law professor at the Univ. of Virginia, discusses and signs Solving the War Puzzle: Beyond the Democratic Peace as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., West Dining Rm., 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

31 Saturday

1 P.M. Rosemary E. Reed Miller presents a lecture and fashion show drawn from her book The Threads of Time, the Fabric of History: Profiles of African-American Dressmakers from 1850 to the Present at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, 1776 D St. NW. Call 202-879-3240 to RSVP.

5 P.M. Toni Simmons reads from and discusses her new children's book, The Cheese Chase: The African-American Folktale "Why Dogs Chase Cats" Retold (illus. by Brian Wolf) at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 301-352-4110.

1 Sunday

5 P.M. Michael Kranish and Nina 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 Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

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 www.nora-school.org.

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.