Washington Literary Calendar: March 9-15, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009


6 P.M. The TransAfrica Forum hosts its Cabral/Truth Circle program (a film screening coupled with a book discussion, held every other month) at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. The forum will focus on Haiti with a screening of "What is Washington's Role in Haiti's Food Crisis?" and a discussion of the recent book Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment by professor Peter Hallward. Panelists will be Yves Dayiti of local nonprofit radio station WPFW and Robert Maguire of Trinity University. Call 202-223-1960 or visit http://www.transafricaforum.orgfor details.

6:30 P.M. The World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. sponsors a discussion with journalist Tom Zoellner about his new book, Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World, at the Charles Sumner School & Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. A book signing follows. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for council members; call 202-293-1051 or e-mail event@worldaffairsdc.orgto RSVP.

7 P.M. Craig M. Mullaney, a graduate of West Point, Rhodes Scholar and veteran of the war in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, discusses and signs The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Award-winning Irish writer Mary Morrissy, author of the novels Mother of Pearl and The Pretender, reads from and discusses her work as part of the book club series hosted by the Irish arts organization Solas Nua (new light) at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. A reception and book signing follow. For more details about Solas Nua, and its monthly book group, visit http://www.solasnua.org.

7:30 P.M. Jodi Picoult reads from and signs her new novel, Handle with Care, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.


10:30 A.M. James L. Swanson reads from and discusses Chasing Lincoln's Killer, the young adult, illustrated version of his bestselling Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

Noon. Poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage, Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries and a new book of verse, Glass House, will read poems on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln as part of the "Poetry at Noon" series at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-5394.

2:30 P.M. Sherwin B. Nuland, a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University and the author of The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine and the forthcoming The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside, presents the inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, "Chinese Medicine, Western Science and Acupuncture," at the National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Masur Auditorium, 10 Center Dr., Bethesda, Md. A reception will follow on the Southeast Patio. For details, visit http://www.nccam.nih.govor call Karen Davison at 301-984-7191.

7 P.M. The Arts Club of Washington (2017 "Eye" St. NW) continues its literary series with "Flirting with the Masters: Poets on Elizabeth Bishop," featuring poets Jehanne Dubrow, author of The Hardship Post, and Michael Collier, a former Maryland poet laureate and author of Dark Wild Realm, who will reflect on the legacy of Bishop (the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a former U.S. poet laureate) as well as read from their own work. A reception follows. Call 703-994-3166 for details.

7:30 P.M. Dana Dane reads from and signs her new urban lit novel, Numbers (part of the "Nikki Turner Presents" series), at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176. She will also read on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Bowie Town Center, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie, Md., 301-809-1552.


11:30 A.M. Sally Squires, a former health reporter for The Washington Post (creator of "The Lean Plate Club") and now director of Health and Wellness at the firm Powell Tate, presents a lecture, "Healthy Bites: Great-Tasting, Healthy Food on a Budget," at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. She will also sign copies of her book Secrets of the Lean Plate Club: A Simple Step-by-Step Program to Help You Shed Pounds and Keep Them Off for Good. Call 202-707-1205 for details.

Noon. Journalist Elaine F. Weiss discusses and signs her new book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War, as part of the LCPA Veterans Forum at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5034.

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