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.
Noon. The 75th anniversary of the President James Buchanan Monument, located in the southeast corner of Meridian Hill Park (15th & W Sts. NW), will be marked with a presentation by Milton Stern, who will discuss his books America's Bachelor President and the First Lady and Harriet Lane, America's First Lady (both explore the lives of our 15th president and his niece, Harriet Lane, for whom, as the president's official hostess, the phrase "First Lady" was coined). Stern will also discuss the history of the monument and conduct a tour of the park. For details, call 202-247-1149 or visit www.harrietlane.net.
12:30 P.M. Lisa Scottoline signs her new mystery, Devil's Corner, at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. She will also read and sign at 7 p.m. that evening at Olsson's-Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-3336.
6:30 P.M. The Inter-American Development Bank's Diversity Group is sponsoring an event with Jamaican novelist Patricia Powell, who will discuss Chinese immigration to her native island during the 19th century, the inspiration for her novel The Pagoda. The IDB Cultural Center is at 1300 New York Ave. NW; call 202-623-3558 or visit www.iadb.org/cultural for details.
7 P.M. Isabel Losada, actress, writer and television producer, discusses and signs A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World: A True Life Adventure Story at the Freer Gallery of Art, conference room, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St. SW, 202-357-2700.
7 P.M. Journalist John R. Bradley discusses and signs Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Brad Thor reads from and signs Blowback, his new thriller featuring Navy SEAL Scott Harvath, at Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW, 202-319-1374.
Noon. The Cato Institute hosts a discussion with John Ehrman, author of The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan, which will include Cato chairman William Niskanen and be moderated by John Samples, director of Cato's Center for Representative Government, at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-789-5229.
7 P.M. Joseph Kanon reads from and signs his new World War II thriller, Alibi, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series features readings by Carrie Bennett, winner of the 2004 Washington Prize for Biography of Water, and Donna Denize, author of the collection Broke Like Job, at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park. For details and rain location, 301-587-4954.
Noon. Blaine Pardoe discusses and signs his biography of Count Felix von Luckner, The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany's Gentleman Pirate, at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-501-5000 or e-mail email@example.com to RSVP.
6:30 P.M. Darren Coleman signs his new novel, Don't Ever Wonder, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.
6:30 P.M. Andrew Carroll, director of the Legacy Project, discusses and signs Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters -- and One Man's Search to Find Them at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral Ave., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494.
7 P.M. Washington Post reporter John F. Harris discusses and signs The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Edna Buchanan reads from and signs her new mystery, Shadows (follow-up to last year's Cold Case Squad), at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-893-7640.
7 P.M. Clarinda Harriss, Rod Jellema and Roseanne Singer read from their poetry at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416. An open reading follows.
Noon. Charles E. Lathrop discusses and signs The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, 202-393-7798.
Noon. Forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs reads from and signs her new Tempe Brennan thriller, Cross Bones, as part of the Smithsonian Associates series held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-357-3030 to RSVP. She will also read at 7:30 p.m. that evening at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
7 P.M. Daniel A. Helminiak discusses and signs Meditation Without Myth: What I Wish They'd Taught Me in Church About Prayer, Mediatation, and the Quest for Peace at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.
7 P.M. Evans D. Hopkins, a former member of the Black Panther Party, discusses and signs his new memoir, Life After Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption, at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.
1 P.M. Former federal judge Eugene Sullivan reads from and signs his new legal thriller, The Majority Rules, at B. Dalton Booksellers at Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, Md., 301-365-6209.
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold a tutor orientation session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English on Monday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, Md. For details and to register, call 301-942-9292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Virginia Writers is hosting "Fireworks Fiction!," an evening program of brainstorming, wordplay and networking for writers of all backgrounds and interests on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. Admission is $4 for Writer's Center members and Leesburg residents, $6 for the general public. For details and to register, call 301-654-8664 or e-mail email@example.com.