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

2 Tuesday

2 P.M. Children's author Michelle Y. Green reads from and discusses her new biography, A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.

6:30 P.M. John F. Sullivan, author of Of Spies and Lies: A CIA Lie Detector Remembers Vietnam, discusses the history, uses and abuses of the polygraph in a lecture at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers; call 202-393-7798 for details and to RSVP.

3 Wednesday

Noon. Historian Gary E. Weir discusses and signs Rising Tide: The Untold Story of the Russian Submarines That Fought the Cold War (written with Walter J. Boyne) at the U.S. Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. For security reasons, those attending need to call 202-433-6897 in advance to RSVP. For more details, visit

7 P.M. Environmental journalist Dick Russell, author of the new book Striper Wars: An American Fish Story, presents a talk, "Striped Bass: The Ocean's Greatest Conservation Success Story," at the National Zoo, Visitors Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. A book signing will be held at 7 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. For details and to RSVP, call 202-633-4085 or visit

7 P.M. Samantha Dunn discusses and signs Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation at Olsson's-Penn Quarter, 418 Seventh St. NW, 202-638-7610.

4 Thursday

Noon. Journalist Jay Feldman discusses and signs When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

5 P.M. Hank H. Cox discusses and signs Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862 at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553.

6:30 P.M. Award-winning BBC filmmaker Stephen Walker discusses and signs Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Call 202-662-7129 or e-mail for details and to RSVP (e-mails receive priority).

6:30 P.M. Hip-hop writer and activist Black Artemis signs her new novel, Picture Me Rollin', at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-352-4110. She will also sign on Friday, August 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140, and again on Saturday, August 6, first at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books, the Centre at Forestville, 3289 B Donnell Dr., Forestville, Md., 301-736-6170, and then again at 5 p.m. at Karibu Books-Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, Md., 301-899-3730.

Special Notices

The Brandeis University National Women's Committee will hold its annual used book sale from Wednesday, August 17, to Tuesday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at 7920 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, Md. Proceeds benefit the university's libraries in Waltham, Mass. For details, contact or

The Prince William County chapter of the Literacy Volunteers of America will hold a training session for tutors wanting to help adults learn how to read on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the James J. McCoart Building, 1 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge, Va. For details, call 703-670-5702 or e-mail

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 and 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.