Literary Calendar for Washington Area Book Signings, Events and More

Sunday, February 22, 2009


7 P.M. Boston Globe reporter Peter S. Canellos discusses and signs Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Sara Houghteling reads from and signs her new novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $8; for details and to RSVP, call 202-408-3100 or visit


2 P.M. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is hosting Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics & Performance, a two-day symposium being held in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Bldg., 101 Independence Ave. SE. The event begins at 2 p.m. with registration, followed by a welcome speech, keynote address, an introductory overview and a reading and concert featuring Scottish writer and broadcaster Billy Kay, folksinger Ed Miller, professor Valentina Bold and singer and storyteller Margaret Bennett, ending at approximately 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the day begins with a coffee get together at 9:30 a.m., and proceeds with a series of four panel discussion throughout the day (one at 2:45 p.m. features Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate) and closes with a reception from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is being held in cooperation with the Scottish government as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009. Entry is free, but space is limited. Visit complete details and to register.

6 P.M. Marita Golden discusses and signs the anthology It's All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family and Friends at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Derek S. Hyra, a community development expert and a teacher of urban sociology, discusses and signs his new book, The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville, at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327. He will also speak on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Jerry Mander, a former advertising executive and currently the director and founder of the International Forum on Globalization, discusses The Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii's Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth (written with filmmaker Koohan Paik) at Busboys and Poets (5th & K Sts.), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Montgomery College is hosting Brown at 55: The Montgomery County Experience, a panel discussion featuring Congresswoman Connie Morella (a Poolesville high school teacher from 1957-61); Nina Clarke, a community activist, former teacher and author of History of the Black Public Schools in Montgomery County, Md.; Warrick Hill, a former public school teacher and author of Before Us Lies the Timber: The Segregated High School of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1927-1960; and Dr. Fred Dunn, a former school principal and the county's desegregation officer following the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The event will be held in the Theatre Arts Arena at the college's Rockville campus, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md. For details, e-mail

7 P.M. Pakistan-born writer Daniyal Mueenuddin reads from and signs his debut novel, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. David Grann, a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, discusses The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, his new book on the fateful expedition of Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission is $18 for nonmembers; call 202-857-7700 or visit http://www.nglive.orgto RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Bestselling author Daniel H. Pink, a writer on business and technology, discusses and signs A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Va., as part of "Turn the Page!," a community-wide reading initiative sponsored by the Alexandria PTA Council, the Alexandria City Public Schools and the Alexandria Library. For details, contact Melynda Wilcox at 703-549-3865.

7:30 P.M. Paul Finkelman, a professor of law and public policy and the author of Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson, presents a lecture on abolitionist John Brown as part of the "Great Lives Lecture Series" at the University of Mary Washington, George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, Va., 540-654-1055.


Noon. Daamon Speller discusses and signs his new "Urban Soul" novel, Out Cold, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

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