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

9 Monday

12:30 P.M. Gen. Tommy Franks, former head of the U.S. Central Command, discusses his new memoir, American Soldier (written with Malcolm McConnell), in a luncheon event at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Lunch, which begins at 12:30 p.m., is followed by a q&a session and signing. Tickets are $35 for nonmembers; call 202-662-7501 to RSVP. He will also be signing on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

7 P.M. Robert Rosenberg reads from and signs his first novel, This Is Not Civilization, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:45 P.M. Ambassador Dennis Ross, a longtime U.S. Middle East envoy, discusses and signs The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace, at the newly renovated Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. The event is part of Congregation Kol Shalom's Distinguished Speakers Series. For security reasons, please make sure you bring a valid ID; for details, call Deb Finkelstein at 301-493-8198.

10 Tuesday

5:30 P.M. Olsson's Books is co-sponsoring a reading/food & wine tasting event with Susanna Hoffman, author of The Olive and the Caper: Adventures in Greek Cooking, at Best Cellars in Dupont Circle, 1643 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-387-3146 or the bookstore at 202-785-1133.

6:30 P.M. Hope M. Harrison discusses and signs Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961 at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Admission is $20 for nonmembers. For tickets, call the museum at 202-393-7798 or Ticketmaster at 800-551-SEAT.

7:30 P.M. Christopher Catherwood discusses and signs Churchill's Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq at Borders-Tyson's Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, 703-556-7766.

11 Wednesday

12:30 P.M. Ronald Kessler discusses and signs A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 202-347-0176.

6 P.M. Zane signs her most recent novel, Nervous, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2660. She will also sign on Thursday, Aug. 12 at noon at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center. Free passes will be given away at the store's location beginning at 8 a.m.; call 202-347-0176 for details. Zane will sign again Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books-P.G. Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Commercial fisherman Linda Greenlaw discusses and signs All Fishermen Are Liars: True Tales from the Dry Dock Bar at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

7 P.M. Micah L. Sifry and Nancy Watzman, staff members of the nonprofit watchdog group Public Campaign, discuss and sign Is That a Politician in Your Pocket?: Washington on $2 Million a Day at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Edward H. Bonekemper discusses and signs A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant's Overlooked Military Genius at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax, Va., 703-425-9225.

12 Thursday

Noon. Poets Dan Johnson, Nandinee Kutty, Andrew Lundwall and Jeannie Smith share their work in a lunchtime program at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Va., 703-228-7710. The program is in conjunction with "Permission Granted," a multi-media exhibition of work by Arlington arts grants awardees.

6:30 P.M. Elaine Meryl Brown signs her new novel, Lemon City, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

7 P.M. Lori Wallach discusses and signs Whose Trade Organization?: A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (written with Patrick Woodall) at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Australian author Christine Balint reads from and signs her new novel, Ophelia's Fan, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553. A reception follows.

7:30 P.M. Barry Miles discusses and signs his history of 1960s counterculture, Hippie, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

13 Friday

6:30 P.M. Omar Tyree signs his new novel, Cold Blooded (written under the pseudonym Urban Griot) at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 301-352-4110.

7:30 P.M. Douglas Child and Lincoln Preston read from and sign their new Agent Pendergast thriller, Brimstone, at Borders-Bailey's Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

Special Notices

The nonprofit cultural organization One In Ten is looking for children's book donations as part of its sixth annual Children and the Arts program, which donates books to schools and children's groups throughout Washington, D.C. Candida's World of Books, at the corner of 14th & Q Sts. NW, is hosting a day of children's events on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help launch this year's book drive. NBC4 news anchor Wendy Rieger, once again the honorary chair of the campaign, will be on hand to meet those attending. Whole Foods Market is providing food, the proceeds of which will go to CTA. Both Candida's and Whole Foods will be serving as drop-off locations for those wanting to donate books from Aug. 15-29. For details, call 202-667-4811.

Truro Episcopal Church, at 10520 Main St. in Fairfax, Va., is holding a used book sale over the next two weekends, Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 21-22. Hours are: Friday, Aug. 13, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 21, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 703-938-8027 for details.