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6 Monday

6:30 P.M. The Newseum and the National Press Club are sponsoring a roundtable discussion, "Reporting Oil: Conflict, Consumption, and Control," with Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency; John Felmy, from the American Petroleum Institute; Rod Kuckro, chief editor of "Electrical Power Daily" and an editor at "Oil Daily"; and Karen Matusic, special energy correspondent with the Dow Jones Newswires, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Call 202-662-7501 to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Deborah Santana discusses and signs her new memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140. Santana, vice president and COO of the New Santana Band Inc., is also the wife of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carlos Santana, who will introduce the evening.

7 P.M. Novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux reads from and signs his new novel, Blinding Light, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 Tuesday

11:30 A.M. Lillian M. Beard discusses and signs Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies: A Pediatrician Selects Parents' Favorite Treatments for More than 90 Childhood Ailments at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-8120.

4:30 P.M. Richard A. Posner discusses and signs Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reforms in the Wake of 9/11 at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

7 P.M. Nancy Pearl, the former librarian who pioneered the concept of an entire community reading the same book at the same time in her home town of Seattle, discusses and signs More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series opens its 30th season of readings in Rock Creek Park with poets Martin Dickinson and Adele Steiner at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove # 6 on Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass. For details (including alternate rain location), call Jacklyn Potter at 301-587-4954.

8 P.M. Book World columnist Michael Dirda discusses and signs his recent collection of columns, Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education, in the final event in the Speaker Series' 10th season at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md., 301-565-7689.

8 Wednesday

1 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham reads from and signs his new novel, Specimen Days, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 202-737-5553. He will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.

6 P.M. Women in Government Relations is hosting "Power in Prose: A Tribute to Women Authors," a discussion and signing event with Sens. Elizabeth Dole, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Barbara Mikulski, along with children's author Cheryl Barnes, political strategist Donna Brazile, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse, civil rights activist Dorothy Height, photographer Jake McGuire and Judy Schneider, editor of Legislative Series' Congressional Deskbook annual guides, at the American Red Cross Headquarters, 2025 E St. NW. Admission is $45 per person; for details and to RSVP, call Emily Bardach at 703-299-8546 or visit

6:45 P.M. Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin discuss and sign American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW.

7:30 P.M. John Connolly reads from and signs his new P.I. Charlie Parker thriller, The Black Angel, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Colleen Curran reads from and signs her new novel, Whores on the Hill, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

9 Thursday

Noon. Donna Hill signs her new novel, Getting Hers, at B. Dalton Booksellers, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202-289-1724.

12:30 P.M. Jeffery Deaver signs (no reading) his new Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Twelfth Card, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. He will also read and sign that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

6:30 P.M. Yolanda Joe signs her new Georgia Barnett mystery, Video Cowboys, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

6:30 P.M. Ann Blackman discusses and signs her new biography of Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Wild Rose: Civil War Spy -- A True Story, at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Admission is $20 for nonmembers; call 202-393-7798 for details and to RSVP. She will also read on Sunday, June 12, at 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. Victoria Christopher Murray signs her new novel, Grown Folks Business, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 301-559-1140.

7 P.M. Poets Mel Belin, Grace Cavalieri, Peter Klappert, Lyn Lifshin and Joseph Ross are among the contributors to the anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders who will share their work in a reading at the Arlington Arts Center, Tiffany Gallery, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-6800.

7 P.M. Nick Hornby reads from and signs his new novel, A Long Way Down, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

7:30 P.M. Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld discusses and signs The Art of Amazement: Judaism's Forgotten Spirituality at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

7:30 P.M. David Rothkopf discusses and signs Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

10 Friday

Noon. Laurence Leamer discusses and signs Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger at Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW, 202-319-1374. He will also read at 7 p.m. that evening at Olsson's-Courthouse, 703-525-4227.

12:30 P.M. Robert M. Poole signs Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made at Borders-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

6 P.M. Chef Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee discusses and signs her new cookbook, Eating Korean: From Barbecue to Kimchi, Recipes from My Home, which will include an appetizers and wine tasting, at Best Cellars, 1643 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-387-3146.

7 P.M. Sean Wilsey, editor-at-large at McSweeney's Quarterly, discusses and signs his new memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. New York Times correspondent Steven V. Roberts discusses and signs My Fathers' Houses: Memoir of a Family at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

11 Saturday

12:30 P.M. Cynthia Lee, professor at the George Washington University School of Law, discusses and signs Murder and the Reasonable Man: Passion and Fear in the Criminal Courtroom at the Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-541-6100.

3 P.M. Former congressman Newt Gingrich reads from and signs his new historical novel, Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory (written with William R. Forstchen) at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640. He will also read on Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Olsson's-Old Town, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703-684-0077.

6 P.M. Peace Corps veteran Alex Klaits and his wife, Gulchin Gulmamadova-Klaits, discuss and sign Love and War in Afghanistan at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919. They will also read on Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW, 202-667-4811.

12 Sunday

6 P.M. John Haines joins other poets in the final reading in the Iota Poetry Series' spring season at the Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-522-8340.

Michael Cunningham, June 8Nancy Pearl, June 7Sean Wilsey, June 10