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18 Monday

7 P.M. Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, reporters at The Washington Post, discuss and sign Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

19 Tuesday

7 P.M. Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, discusses and signs The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-639-1770 or visit to RSVP.

7 P.M. Former secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger and writer Peter Schweizer sign their new political thriller, Chain of Command, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

7:30 P.M. Sandra Beasley and Michele Surat read from their work as part of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series held at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park, 301-587-4954.

20 Wednesday

10:30 A.M. Children's author Amy Reichert reads from and signs her new picture book, While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat (illus. by Alexandra Boiger), at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.

Noon. Steven Malanga, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discusses his new book, The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today, in conversation with David Lublin from American University, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-789-5229. John Samples, director of Cato's Center for Representative Government, will moderate.

Noon. Naval historian Robert J. Schneller Jr. discusses and signs Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality at the U.S. Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. For security reasons, call 202-433-6897 at least 24 hours in advance to RSVP. Visit for details.

7 P.M. Boston Globe columnist Vicki Constantine Croke discusses her biography of Ruth Harkness, The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal, at the National Zoo, Visitors Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The book signing is at 7 p.m., followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m.; for details and to RSVP, call 202-633-4085 or visit

7 P.M Marc Romano discusses and signs Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Foreign Service veteran Brandon Grove discusses and signs his new memoir, Behind Embassy Walls: The Life and Times of an American Diplomat, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 301-986-1761.

21 Thursday

Noon. Timothy Naftali discusses and signs Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, 202-393-7798.

7 P.M. Jordan Fisher Smith discusses and signs his new memoir, Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra, at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

7 P.M. The Cafe Muse series presents poetry readings by Naomi Ayala and James Deahl at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797. An open reading (sign-up at 7 p.m.) concludes the program.

7 P.M. Edward Dolnick discusses and signs The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece, his account of the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" from Norway's National Gallery, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Steven D. Stark discusses and signs Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.

23 Saturday

2 P.M. Deirdre Savoy signs her new novel, Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140. She will also sign at 5 p.m. that afternoon at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.

6 P.M. Flynt Leverett discusses and signs Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

24 Sunday

5 P.M. Edward Lazarus, a former federal prosecutor, discusses and signs the newly revised paperback edition of Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

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

The National Press Club will hold its annual used book sale on Thursday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Murrow Room (13th floor) at the club's location, 529 14th St. NW. Proceeds benefit the Eric Friedheim Library. For details, call 202-662-7523.

Vicki Constantine Croke, July 20