Literary Calendar: January 19-25, 2009
1 P.M. Children's author Barbara Esham reads from and discusses her new picture book in the "The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses" series, If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? (illustrated by Mike and Carl Gordo), at Borders Books-Bowie Town Center, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie, Md., 301-809-1552.
1:30 P.M. Award-winning children's author Nikki Grimes and illustrator Bryan Collier read from and discuss their new picture book, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, at Vertigo Books, 7346 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md., 301-779-9300. The store will be accepting canned food contributions for the Capital Area Food Bank (part of the nationwide day of service activities in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday). They will also speak on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
4 P.M. Novelist, poet and activist Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar, chats about her life and work, most especially her recent book of essays, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness, and the children's picture book Langston Hughes: American Poet (illustrated by Catherine Deeter), at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Mark Green and Michele Jolin discuss and sign Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (a roundup of initiatives from 60 different contributors) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Steve Berry reads from and signs The Charlemagne Pursuit, his new Cotton Malone thriller, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761. He will also read on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.
7 P.M. Newsweek editor Evan Thomas discusses and signs "A Long Time Coming": The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign and the Historic Election of Barack Obama (culled from reporting by the Newsweek staff) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Scott Sigler reads from and signs his new thriller, Contagious, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.
Noon. John Stauffer discusses and signs Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.
6:30 P.M. Artist and professor Wafaa Bilal discusses and signs Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Barry Werth discusses and signs Banquet at Delmonico's: Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
Noon. Bradley H. Patterson, a veteran staffer in the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford, discusses and signs To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation in the White House Staff at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 202-357-5000.
7 P.M. Jayne Anne Phillips reads from and signs her new novel, Lark & Termite, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. [Look for Book World's review in next week's issue.]