Literary Calendar: August 14-20, 2006

Jason Socrates Bardi, Aug. 19
Jason Socrates Bardi, Aug. 19 (Avalon Publishing Co.)
Sunday, August 13, 2006

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

14 Monday

1 P.M. Matthew F. Jones reads from and signs his new novel, Boot Tracks , at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW, 202-737-5553. This event is part of the Mid-Atlantic Mystery Writers of America's "Mystery Monday Series."

7 P.M. Wall Street Journal reporters Christopher Cooper and Robert Block discuss and sign Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

15 Tuesday

Noon. Stephen A. Slivinski discusses Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government in conversation with syndicated columnist Robert Novak at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail to RSVP.

7 P.M. Mark Green discusses and signs Losing Our Democracy: How Bush, the Far Right and Big Business Are Betraying Americans For Power and Profit at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

16 Wednesday

7 P.M. Jeff Neumann and Ray Lemoine discuss and sign Babylon by Bus: Or, the True Story of Two Friends Who Gave up Their Valuable Franchise Selling YANKEES SUCK T-shirts at Fenway to Find Meaning and Adventure in Iraq . . . , an account of their stint with the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003, at Olsson's Books-Dupont, 1307 19th St. NW, 202-785-1133.

7 P.M. History professor Mark Harvey discusses and signs Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act (detailing Zahniser's conservation activism, which led to the groundbreaking 1964 legislation) as part of the "Conservation & Community" lecture series at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, W.Va., 304-876-7276. The discussion will be introduced by Zahniser's son, Ed Zahniser.

7 P.M. The POESIS monthly poetry and music series, held at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., will feature an open mic evening, with music by keyboardist Shep Williams and flutist Mike Gillispie. Call 703-465-7823 for details.

7:30 P.M. Laura Lippman reads from and signs her new Tess Monaghan mystery, No Good Deeds , at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, 703-998-0404.

17 Thursday

7:30 P.M. Poets Shirley Brewer and Norma Chapman , both recently published by Passager magazine, read from their work as part of the Café Muse series held at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. An open reading (sign-up at 7 p.m.) concludes the program.

7:30 P.M. George P. Pelecanos reads from and signs his new novel, The Night Gardener (set in Washington, D.C.'s Greenway neighborhood), at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

18 Friday

6:30 P.M. Karen E. Quinones Miller signs her new novel, Satin Nights , at Karibu Books, Pentagon City Mall, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-415-1118. She will also sign on Saturday, August 19, at 2 p.m. at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East-West Hwy., 301-559-1140.

19 Saturday

2 P.M. Jason Socrates Bardi discusses and signs The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time at Borders Books-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, Md., 301-816-1067.

2 P.M. Marita Golden reads from and signs her most recent novel, After , at Karibu Books-Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie, Md., 301-352-4110.

6 P.M. John McQuaid , a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, discusses and signs Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms (written with Times-Picayune colleague Mark Schleifstein) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

20 Sunday

4 P.M. The "Sunday Kind of Love" poetry series at Busboys and Poets celebrates the "D.C. Places" issue of the online journal Beltway Quarterly with readings by Kenneth Carroll, Brian Gilmore, Belle Waring , Terence Winch and Andrea Wyatt , followed by an open reading (poems should be about Washington, D.C.). The bookstore is located at 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-POET.

5 P.M. Law professor Robert W. Bennett discusses and signs Taming the Electoral College at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

Special Notices

The 2nd Annual D.C. Poetry Festival , sponsored by Genesis Poets Music, Inc., will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park (located at 16th St. & Colorado Ave. NW). The event, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., is a benefit for DC Scores, a non-profit organization with the goal "to inspire in urban children a lasting dedication to education, healthy living and civic responsibility" through both academic (poetry slams and creative writing) and athletic (soccer) after-school programs. There are 23 D.C. elementary public and charter schools that currently participate. Poets scheduled to participate include Ainsley Burrows, Raz D, Brother Earl, W. Ellington Felton, Charneice Fox, Eddie Oliver, Princess of Controversy, Stephen B and Friends, Leroy Stringer Jr. and Tim'm West , with a special performance by Brian Jackson and the Original Guerrilla Band (featured acts take the stage beginning at 4 p.m.). Also performing will be students from the DC Scores program and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. For more details, visit and . Those interested in performing should call 202-271-0430.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a basic literacy training workshop for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English over the course of three Saturdays in September (9, 16 and 30) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day (must attend all sessions) at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. A $35 fee (to cover cost of materials and instruction) applies; call 703-237-0866 or visit for details and to register.

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