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

8 Monday

7:30 P.M. Linda Joy Burke and Jonathan Vaile read from their work as part of the poetry series at the jazz club Cafe Toulouse, 2431 18th St. NW, 202-726-4680.

9 Tuesday

12:15 P.M. Margaret Bartley reads from and presents an illustrated discussion of Grisha: The Story of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, Md., 410-732-6400.

6 P.M. Jim Dale, the voice behind the audio book versions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, discusses his craft (the creation of unique voices for over 100 characters) and reads from the newest adventure, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. The U.S Capitol Historical Society and the Sewall-Belmont House are sponsoring "Capitol Women," a series of readings, brown bag lectures (held each Wednesday at noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars) and a "women's history" tour of the Capitol, throughout the month of August. The first reading features ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts discussing and signing Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Call 202-543-8919, ext. 38 to RSVP. For a complete series schedule, visit

6:30 P.M. Thomas B. Grooms presents a lecture drawn from his new book, The Majesty of Capitol Hill (with photographs by Taylor J. Lednum) at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; call 202-272-2448 or visit to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Periel Aschenbrand, founder of the political-themed T-shirt company Body as Billboard, discusses and signs her new memoir, The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW, 202-965-9880.

10 Wednesday

6:30 P.M. Diane Morgan discusses and signs Salmon: A Cookbook in a Smithsonian Associates event at the Oval Room restaurant, 800 Connecticut Ave. NW. Chef Paul Luna will prepare a salmon dinner for guests; call 202-252-0012 for details and to RSVP. She will also discuss the book on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m., as part of a five-course dinner evening at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant, 529 14th St. NW. Call 202-662-7638 or e-mail for details and to RSVP. There is a fee to attend both of these events.

7 P.M. Television and film writer Adam Meyer reads from and signs his new young-adult suspense novel, The Last Domino, at the Chevy Chase Branch Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-0021.

11 Thursday

1 P.M. Financial expert and syndicated columnist Terry Savage discusses and signs her new book, The Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 202-347-0176.

5 P.M. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation is sponsoring a reading and discussion with Anita Wills for her book Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color: Four Hundred Years of an American Families History at the Central Rappahannock Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Va., 540-371-4504.

7 P.M. Rich Merritt discusses and signs Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star: A Memoir at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.

7:30 P.M. Christopher Whitcomb reads from and signs his new political thriller, White, at Borders-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. John H. Richardson discusses and signs his new biography of his father (a CIA station chief from World War II to Vietnam), My Father the Spy: An Investigative Memoir, at Barnes & Noble-Georgetown, 202-965-9880.

12 Friday

6:30 P.M. Nina Foxx signs her new novel, Marrying Up, at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, 301-559-1140.

13 Saturday

9 A.M. Tim Wiles discusses and signs his work, including Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems (edited with Brooke Horvath), at Barnes & Noble-Ellicott City, 4300 Montgomery Ave., Ellicott City, Md., 410-203-9001.

14 Sunday

11 A.M. Developmental psychologists Michelle Anthony and Renya Lindert discuss and sign Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers: A Parent's Strategy and Activity Guide at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, 301-881-0237.

6 P.M. Guest host Theresa O'Rourke oversees an open reading evening of the Iota Poetry Series held at the Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-522-8340.

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 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.

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