Literary Calendar

Sunday, October 12, 2008


10:30 A.M. Children's author Mem Fox and author and illustrator Helen Oxenbury read from and discuss their new picture book, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Peter W. Galbraith discusses and signs Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Jon Katz discusses and signs Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237.

8:15 P.M. Scottish-Pakistani writer Suhayl Saadi, currently the British Council's UK Writer-in-Residence, reads from and discusses his award-winning novel Psychoraag at George Washington University, Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Room B07, 805 21st St. NW. A book sale and signing follow. For details, visit


7 P.M. Alan Jacobson reads from and signs his new thriller, The 7th Victim, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

7 P.M. Former CIA officer Bruce Reidel discusses and signs The Search for al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


Noon. The National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) hosts two programs on the Lincoln assassination, with Kate Clifford Larson discussing her book The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln, followed at 1:30 p.m. by a discussion with Andrew C. A. Jampoler on The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt's Flight from the Gallows. Both readings will be held in the McGowan Theater, followed by a book signing; call 202-357-5000 for details.

4 P.M. Children's author Arthur Dorros gives a presentation, "Family Stories: Everyone Has Stories to Tell," drawn from his own experience as reflected in his picture books Abuela and Isla (both illustrated by Elisa Kleven), and his most recent, Papá and Me (illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to register.

7 P.M. Katherine Neville, author of the bestselling novel The Eight, reads from and signs her new novel, The Fire, at Barnes & Noble-Reston, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston, Va., 703-437-9490. She will also read on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at Books & Crannies, 19 E. Washington St., Middleburg, Va., 540-687-6677.

7 P.M. The POESIS monthly series presents poetry readings by Judith Harris and J.D. Smith, with music by Shep Williams and friends, at Borders Books-Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.


5:45 P.M. The Phillips Collection hosts artists Christo and Jean-Claude, internationally renowned for their monumental public art projects, discussing their newest endeavor, suspending fabric panels across a 40-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, "Over the River: A Work in Progress." They will also sign copies of Over the River: Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, which documents the effort. Admission is $12, $10 for visitors 62 years of age and older, free for museum members and those 18 years and under; the Phillips is located at 1600 21st St. NW; call 202-387-2151.

6:30 P.M. Chris Lehmann, an editor at Congressional Quarterly, moderates a discussion with contributors to the new anthology, Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper's Magazine, including author Barbara Ehrenreich, Ken Silverstein, Washington editor of Harper's magazine, and Washington City Paper staff writer Angela Valdez, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

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