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

2 Monday

10 A.M. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington wraps up its 2004 Peskowitz Summer Symposium Series, "A Jewish Writer's View," with Leslie Epstein, author of San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory, speaking at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Ave. in Rockville, Md. Admission is $12; for details, call 301-230-3747.

6:30 P.M. Larry Tye discusses Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

7 P.M. Gary Hart discusses and signs The Fourth Power: A Grand Strategy for the United States in the Twenty-First Century at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

3 Tuesday

Noon. The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation is sponsoring a discussion with historian David Serlin, author of Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America, at the National Museum of American History, first floor reception suite, 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-633-1000.

7 P.M. Richard D. Lamm, former governor of Colorado, discusses and signs The Brave New World of Health Care: What Every American Needs to Know About Our Impending Health Care Crisis at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610. He will be introduced by former Colorado representative Patricia Schroeder.

7:30 P.M. Jonathan Ames reads from and signs his new comic novel, Wake Up, Sir!, at Borders-Tyson's Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

4 Wednesday

12:30 P.M. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert discusses his new memoir, Speaker: Lessons from Forty Years in Coaching and Politics, in a luncheon event at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a q&a session and signing. Admission is $35 for nonmembers; call 202-662-7501 to RSVP.

2 P.M. Stephanie Stokes Oliver discusses and signs Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family at Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640.

7 P.M. China Mieville reads from and signs his new fantasy novel, Iron Council, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Michael Gushue, Kim Schraf and Dan Vera share their poetry as part of Brookland Poetry Series #7, "Brrr: Poems to Cool-Off With," at the Brookland Visitors Center, 3420 Ninth St. NE. The event is also an ice cream social. For details, call 202-526-1632 or e-mail

5 Thursday

1 P.M. Carole Burns hosts an online discussion with Thisbe Nissen, author of the new novel Osprey Island, as part of the "Off the Page" feature at under Live Online.

6:30 P.M. Donna Brazile, chairman of Al Gore's 2000 campaign, discusses and signs her new memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 202-727-1186.

6:30 P.M. Kenji Jasper reads from and signs his new novel, Seeking Salamanca Mitchell, at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. John Searles reads from and signs his new novel, Strange But True, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 202-638-7610.

7:30 P.M. Barry Eisler reads from and signs his new thriller, Rain Storm, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

6 Friday

12:30 P.M. Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney discusses and signs his new book, Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. Journalist Howard W. French discusses and signs A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa as part of the "Writers' Corner" series at the TransAfrica Forum, 1426 21st St. NW. Call 202-223-1960, ext. 132 for details and to register.

7 Saturday

1 P.M. Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe celebrates its ninth anniversary with a multi-author book signing featuring romance authors Jan Coffey, Christine Feehan, Elaine Fox, Donna Kauffman, May McGoldrick, Nora Roberts, Sarah Strohmeyer and children's book author Aileen Campell at 18 North Main St., Boonsboro, Md., 301-432-4588.

1 P.M. General Tommy Franks, retired commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, signs his new memoir, American Soldier (written with Malcolm McConnell), at Borders-Tyson's Corner. Please note this is a signing for books only, and there will be special security arrangements in place. Call 703-556-7766 for details.

2 P.M. Ian Smith, medical correspondent for NBC News, reads from and signs his new FBI thriller, The Blackbird Papers, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

8 Sunday

7:30 P.M. Washington Post columnist Evelyn Porreca Vuko discusses and signs Teacher Says: 30 Foolproof Ways to Help Kids Thrive in School at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

Special Notices

The West End Branch Library, at 24th & L Sts. NW, is holding a used book sale over two consecutive Saturdays, August 7 & 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Call 202-724-8707 for details.