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

23 Tuesday

7 P.M. Clea Simon reads from and signs her new mystery, Mew is for Murder, at Borders-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., 301-585-0550.

24 Wednesday

6 P.M. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society's "Brown Bag Lecture Series" presents a discussion and signing with Robert Cooney, of the National Women's History Project, for his new book, Winning the Vote: A Photographic and Documentary History, at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Call 202-546-1210, ext. 23 for details and to RSVP.

25 Thursday

Noon. John Umana discusses and signs Creation: Towards a Theory of All Things at Borders-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999

6 P.M. Gwendolyn Bounds discusses ad signs Little Chapel On the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

26 Friday

7 P.M. Columnist Dave Strege discusses and signs Celebrity Fish Talk: Tales of Fishing From an All-Star Cast at Barnes & Noble-Inner Harbor, the Power Plant, 601 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md., 410-385-1709.

7:30 P.M. Joel C. Rosenberg reads from and signs his new political thriller, The Ezekiel Option, at Barnes & Noble-Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., 703-278-0300.

27 Saturday

11 A.M. Children's author and illustrator Susan Stockdale signs her recent picture book, Carry Me!: Animal Babies on the Move, at the National Museum of Natural History, gift shop, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-633-2058.

2 P.M. L.A. Banks signs her vampire huntress novel The Forbidden 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.

Special Notices

The D.C. Jewish Community Center, located at 1529 16th St. NW, will hold a used book sale on Sunday, August 28, beginning at 11 a.m. on the building's front steps. Proceeds will benefit the center's annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Literary Festival. Call 202-518-9400 for details.

The Volunteer Learning Program (VLP), a joint project of Fairfax County's Public Schools (Adult & Community Education), Public Library and Juvenile Court, is looking for volunteers for day and evening hours to work as one-on-one tutors with adults looking to complete high school. The program provides volunteer training, assessment of the adult learners and follow-up support. For details about opportunities this fall, call 703-246-2139 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, September 10, 17 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 Washington Literacy Council, a volunteer organization helping adults learn to read, will hold a training workshop for prospective tutors over three consecutive Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening (must attend all sessions), at its location, 1918 18th St. NW, Ste. B-2. To download a tutor application, visit www.washingtonliteracy

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