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. Military historian Lawrence H. Suid and Dolores A. Haverstick discuss Stars and Stripes on Screen: A Comprehensive Guide to Portrayals of American Military on Film as part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-727-5221.
12:30 P.M. Consumer activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader discusses the current political climate and his 2004 book The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap, at Borders-14th St., 600 14th St. NW, 202-737-1385.
7 P.M. Lisa See reads from and signs her new novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
6:30 P.M. Terry McMillan reads from and signs her new novel, The Interruption of Everything, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110.
6:30 P.M. Stephen Leet presents a lecture drawn from his illustrated history, Richard Neutra's Miller House, chronicling the architect's creation of a Palm Springs retreat for St. Louis socialite Grace Lee Miller in 1936, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. A signing follows. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 to RSVP.
7 P.M. Greg LeRoy, founder and director of the nonprofit Good Jobs First, discusses and signs The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Former ballerina Adrienne Sharp reads from and signs her new novel, First Love, at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. Kathi Wolfe and Bill Wunder read from their work in the closing evening of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series's 2005 season at Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Rd. overpass in Rock Creek Park, 301-587-4954.
Noon. Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, discusses and signs Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.
7:30 P.M. John Weisman reads from and signs his new thriller, Direct Action, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.
6:30 P.M. Daniel Alarcon and Eduardo Gonzalez Viana, authors of the short story collections War by Candlelight and American Dreams, respectively, discuss their work in conversation with Book World Editor Marie Arana as part of the literary forum "Peruvian Writers in the United States" being held at the Inter-American Development Bank's Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the program's start. Valid ID is required; call 202-623-3558 or visit www.iadb.org/cultural for details.
7 P.M. Robert James Waller reads from and signs his new novel, High Plains Tango, at Olsson's-Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-525-4227.
7 P.M. Journalist Emily Yoffe discusses and signs What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner at Borders-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301-816-1067. This event is part of the Washingtonian magazine's monthly book club.
7 P.M. Kristin Gore reads from and signs her novel, Sammy's Hill (now in paperback), at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh S. NW, 202-638-7610.
7 P.M. Julia Slavin reads from and signs her new novel, Carnivore Diet, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. New Yorker magazine staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg discusses and signs Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004 at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.
6 P.M. William K. Black discusses and signs The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategy Institute, discusses and signs Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
5 P.M. Donald Weber discusses and signs Haunted in the New World: Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.
The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a tutor training workshop for volunteers interested in helping adults improve their literacy skills over three consecutive Saturdays, August 13, 20 & 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (participants must attend all sessions) at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. A fee of $35 (covering the cost of books and materials) applies; call 703-237-0866 for details.