Back in 1981, when Adams Morgan's Idle Time Books (2467 18th St. NW) opened in a beat-up building on Columbia Road (now home to Chief Ike's Mambo Room), the neighborhood was grittier and mellower, says owner and New Zealand transplant Val Morgan.

A quick stroll from the frenzied atmosphere of the nation's Capitol, Eastern Market is an inviting, verdant and friendly retreat.

No tickets are required for the 7 p.m. discussion.