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

23 Monday

1 P.M. Sharon G. Flake signs The Sharon G. Flake Collection, a new boxed set of three novels, including her debut, The Skin I'm In, at the Howard Univ. Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-238-2640.

25 Wednesday

7 P.M. John B. Judis, senior editor at the New Republic magazine, discusses and signs The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

26 Thursday

7 P.M. Mark Crispin Miller discusses and signs Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Washington Post writer Joel Achenbach discusses and signs The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

27 Friday

7 P.M. Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic reads from his new collection of verse, Sarajevo Blues, and is joined by the San Francisco-based a cappella group "Charming Hostess," whose latest CD has set his poetry to music, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

28 Saturday

11 A.M. Retired Navy captain Edward M. Brittingham signs his two recent books, the memoir Sub Chaser: The Story of a Navy VP NFO, and the novel Operation Poppy, at Books-A-Million, Potomac Mills Mall, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, Va., 703-490-3809.

Noon. The John M. Porter Memorial Library, at 2001 Parkway Blvd. in Stafford, Va., holds a book signing party with local authors including Traci Abramson, Al Conner, Sandra Manigault and Mary Triola until 5 p.m. Call 540-659-4909 for details.

2 P.M. Poets Deborah Ager, Moira Egan and Nathan Leslie read from their work at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md., 410-313-7860.

4 P.M. NBA All-Star player Grant Hill, currently with the team Orlando Magic, discusses and signs Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African-American Art, which is the companion catalogue to a traveling exhibit of the collection (now at the New Orleans Museum of Art), at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

Special Notice

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is holding a tutor orientation session for volunteers interested in teaching adults to read, write and speak English on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, Md. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail for details and to register.