And another round is fired in the big-stakes, power public relations battle. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev has a book of his speeches coming out in English just in time for the summit with President Reagan. The collection of the smooth new Russian leader's speeches and statements will be released at an invitation-only press conference Thursday at the Russian Embassy with Ambassador Anatoliy F. Dobrynin and Oleg P. Benyukh, counselor and head of the information department.
The 312-page book, titled "A Time for Peace," is being published by the New York company Richardson & Steirman and sells for $15.95. Like any good political book, it also contains a 12-page biography of the author, along with eight pages of color photographs of him and his family, some from his private collection. A first run of 25,000 copies of the book will be available in stores Thursday, curiously enough only five days before the Geneva talks. Royal Notes
For those keeping score, it appears that the one couple to be invited to all the major events in Washington and in Florida was National Gallery Director J. Carter Brown and his wife Pamela. They were at the White House, the British Embassy, the Mellons' luncheon and, of course, at the National Gallery dinner last night. They are also on the guest list for wealthy industrialist Armand Hammer's Palm Beach bash tonight. Hammer had three in a row -- the British Embassy, the National Gallery and his own dinner.
Some of the others at Hammer's dinner, which is expected to raise $4 million for the United World College movement, are Joe Allbritton, president of Riggs National Bank; former senator Albert Gore; philanthropist David Lloyd Kreeger, Sens. Sam Nunn and Paula Hawkins, developer Donald Trump and CNN owner Ted Turner, as well as entertainers Bob Hope, Eva Gabor and, fresh from her new marriage last week, Joan Collins . . .
Apparently all that fun and dancing at Saturday's White House dinner for Charles and Diana wasn't enough. Two of the more famous dinner guests -- Clint Eastwood and Tom Selleck -- showed up for some late-night dancing at Desiree in the Four Seasons Hotel. They showed up with fellow star Arnold Commando Schwarzenegger and his lady, CBS Morning News anchor Maria The Hair Shriver and her brother Robert, who weren't at the glittery dinner . . .
And no offense to the royal visitors, but Michael Kinsley, the editor of the New Republic magazine, wasn't all that excited about an opportunity to meet Charles and Diana. He was invited to the British Embassy for a press briefing Saturday with the photogenic British tourist attractions and decided not to go. Fred Barnes, a New Republic senior editor, decided that he would like to stand in the presence of royalty, so he went to the invitation-only briefing, posing as Kinsley . . . End Notes
A Georgetown University center will be the U.S. base for the Live Aid Foundation, the British group headed by Irish rock musician Bob Geldof, whose massive rock concert July 13 raised an estimated $50 million for African famine victims. The Center of Immigration Policy and Refugee Assistance at Georgetown will review projects seeking money from the foundation and forward promising proposals to foundation trustees for action. The Rev. Harold Bradley is the center's director . . .
Singer Michelle Phillips will tell her story of the sometimes unharmonious offstage lives of the singing group the Mamas and the Papas. Written with Derek Taylor, the book is titled "The Music, the Madness, the Magic That Was . . . California Dreamin' " and is due out in May. Phillips said it will cover drug use and relationships in the group and "me being thrown unceremoniously out of the group, which most people don't know about" . . .
Hospital Watch: Singer Jerry Lee Lewis, who in recent years has been a textbook case of medical problems, is in the hospital again. He underwent surgery for a bleeding ulcer Tuesday in Methodist Hospital in Memphis and doctors told the family his chances of surviving his latest stomach problems are 50-50.