Washington Area Literary Calendar: March 23-29, 2009
7 P.M. Juan Cole, a professor at the University of Michigan and a Middle East expert, discusses and signs his new book, Engaging the Muslim World, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Breena Clarke reads from and discusses her 2008 novel, Stand the Storm (chronicling a slave family's struggle for freedom in pre-Civil War Washington, D.C.) at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.
6:30 P.M. Robert Roper discusses and signs Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.
7 P.M. Frank Wisner discusses and signs How the World Makes Love ... And What It Taught a Jilted Groom at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.
7 P.M. Laura Lippman reads from and signs her new mystery, Life Sentences, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7:30 P.M. Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, author of the short story collections The Nimrod Flipout and The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories, as well as creator of the award-winning film "Malka Red-Heart," discusses the relationship between the short story and film as part of the Nextbook series at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets for this event, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel, are $9 for the general public, $6 for JCC members; visit http:/
Noon. Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire presents a lecture, "The Artist as Translator: Thomas Nast and French Art" at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Nast, who began his career as a newspaper illustrator in 1850s New York, created a novel style of large-scale cartoons (drawing on the Old Masters and French contemporary painters) with a political/social bent, such as "Democracy" and "Tammany Tiger Loose," both published in Harper's Weekly. Delamaire is a fellow at the Swann Foundation, which presents annual grants to aid research and writing projects in the fields of caricature and cartoon. For details, call 202-707-9115.
7 P.M. The poetry series at the Kensington Row Bookshop (3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md.) hosts a reading by Stephen Corey and Lia Purpura, who are featured in the recent issue of Georgia Review. Call 301-949-9416 for details.
7 P.M. Thomas Cahill discusses and signs A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green (Green was executed in Texas in 2004 for a murder he adamantly denied committing) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Scholar, poet and writer E. Ethelbert Miller, director of Howard University's African American Resource Center and the author of Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer and the verse collection How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love, discusses and signs his new memoir, The 5th Inning, at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545. A book signing will follow across the street at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington), 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756.
7:30 P.M. Barry Eisler reads from and signs Fault Line, his new thriller introducing military assassin Ben Treven, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404. He will also read on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.
Noon. Marine engineer Dennis J. Ringle discusses and signs Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy as part of the "Authors on Deck" series at the United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A Q&A and book signing follow; visit http:/