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Literary Calendar

6 P.M. Sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson discusses and signs his work, including Debating Race and Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, at Borders Books-Largo, 913-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

6:30 P.M. Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, both editors at the Atlantic magazine, discuss and sign their new book, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream, at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Leslie Pietrzyk, author of the novels A Year and a Day and Pears on a Willow Tree, reads from her work as part of the literary series "A Space Inside" held at Riverby Books, 417 East Capitol St. SE, 202-543-4342. A reception follows.

7 P.M. Journalist Shuja Nawaz discusses and signs Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Poets Gretchen Primack, author of the new chapbook The Slow Creaking of Planets, and Judy Neri, author of Always the Trains, read from their work as part of the poetry series at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416. Refreshments will be provided; an open reading will close the program.


4:30 P.M. The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is hosting, in cooperation with the Columbia Festival of the Arts, a reading by Manil Suri, author of the novels The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva, at the Great Room at Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage, Md. A high tea will be held prior to the reading, and a book signing follows. Tickets are $30; for more details and to RSVP, call 410-715-3089 or visit

6 P.M. Journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a veteran civil rights activist, discusses On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, Va. The museum, featured in the book, is housed in a building formerly occupied by the Robert H. Robinson Library, built in 1940 to counter the segregation at the city's Queen St. library. A reception follows; for details and to RSVP, call 703-838-4356 or visit

7 P.M. David Wroblewski reads from and signs his first novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Air Force veterans and military/aviation writers Robert F. Dorr and Thomas D. Jones discuss and sign Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston, Va., 703-437-8147.

7:30 P.M. Gary Vaynerchuk, director of operations at the Wine Library and creator of the Internet site, discusses and signs his new book, Gary Vaynerchuk's 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World, at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237.


4:30 P.M. Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters reads from and signs her new children's picture book, Broadway Barks (illustrated by Liz Murphy), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. The book was inspired by her charitable foundation of the same name (founded with Mary Tyler Moore) that aids pet adoption agencies throughout New York.

7 P.M. Cass R. Sunstein, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, discusses Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (co-written with Richard H. Thaler) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


1:30 P.M. Children's author Valerie Tripp reads from her new book in the "American Girls" series, Really Truly Ruthie: 1932, and discusses the forthcoming feature film "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" (Tripp wrote all of the stories in the Kit series), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to register.

2 P.M. Poet Judy Neri reads from her new collection, Always the Trains, and is joined by Robert Friedman reading from his new historical thriller, Shadow of the Fathers, at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-8664.

5 P.M. Andrew Yarrow, a professor of U.S. history and the Washington director of Public Agenda, discusses and signs Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


The series Out at the Library-- sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, in celebration of Pride Month -- winds up on Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. with a screening of Joan E. Biren's documentary "No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon" (based on the lives of the activists and founders of the modern civil rights movement for lesbians) at the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. For details, call 240-777-0020 or visit

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