Literary Calendar: March 23-29, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 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 RSVP. For more details, call 202-777-3251.


Noon. Marie-St├ęphanie 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://www.navymemorial.orgfor details.

6:45 P.M. Alan Boss, a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, discusses his new book, The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets, as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program being held at the Carnegie Institution, 1530 P St. NW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit

7 P.M. Professor of law Jedidiah Purdy discusses and signs his new book, A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Professor Andrew Carpenter, author of Verse in English from Eighteenth Century Ireland, presents a lecture, "Women and Verse in Eighteenth-Century Ireland," at Catholic University, Aquinas Hall #102, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. For details on this event, sponsored by the university's Center for Irish Studies, e-mail

7:30 P.M. The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), in cooperation with Howard Community College, hosts "A Literary Gathering of Women," featuring readings by Thrity Umrigar, author of First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood and the novel If Today be Sweet; Elaine Lee, author of the forthcoming novel Life Without; and Donna Hemans, author of River Women, all of whom will discuss the impact of gender and culture on their writing. There will also be a special appearance by poet Lucille Clifton, a former Maryland poet laureate and author of Voices. The event will take place at Howard Community College, Smith Theater, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. Call 410-772-4568 or e-mail hocopolitso@yahoo.comfor details.

7:30 P.M. NPR regular Stacy Horn discusses and signs Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.


7 P.M. Intelligence expert Konstantin Preobrazhensky discusses and signs his new illustrated book, KGB/FSB's New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent, at the Russia Online Bookstore, 10335 Kensington Pkwy., Kensington, Md., 301-933-0607.

7 P.M. Karen J. Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security (New York University School of Law) discusses and signs The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


11 A.M. Syndicated radio host Mark R. Levin discusses and signs Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. Distribution of wristbands for those wanting to attend will begin at 9 a.m.; call 703-506-2937 for details.

1 P.M. Psychiatrist and author Mary Pipher discusses and signs her new memoir, Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

4 P.M. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram discuss and sign their new book, Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady, at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

4 P.M. Kendall Banks and Danette Majette sign copies of their recent novels, Rich Girls and Deep, respectively (both are published by the urban fiction line Life Changing Books, the company created by writer and publisher Azarel), at Borders Books-Largo, 913A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

6 P.M. Colin MacKinnon reads from and signs his new thriller, The Contractor, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


2 P.M. Poet Richard Blanco, author of the award-winning collection City of a Hundred Fires and the recent Directions to the Beach of the Dead, reads from his work at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-8664.

5 P.M. Chesapeake Bay area resident Jack Greer, an award-winning writer (for both fiction and science) reads from and signs his most recent work, Abraham's Bay & Other Stories, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

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