Washington Area Literary Calendar: March 30-April 5, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

30 Monday 6:30 P.M. Doloris Coulter Cogan discusses and signs We Fought the Navy and Won: Guam's Quest for Democracy. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Free.

7 P.M. William Julius Wilson, a professor of sociology at Harvard University, discusses and signs More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

31 Tuesday Noon. Diana Hollingsworth Gessler discusses and signs her new illustrated guide, Very Washington DC: A Celebration of the History and Culture of America's Capital City. Borders Books, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999. She will also speak on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Georgetown, 3040 M St. NW. 202-965-9880.

7 P.M. James Reston Jr. discusses The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews, his book that inspired both the award-winning play and feature film, at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, Md. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit group SEEC, which provides services to residents in Montgomery County living with disabilities. Tickets are $50; to purchase, visit http://www.seeconline.org or call 301-576-9024.

7 P.M. Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses and signs his new book, Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

7 P.M. Brian Lynch, an Irish novelist and playwright and author, most recently, of The Winner of Sorrows, reads from his work-in-progress. This event is part of a celebration of Irish culture and writing sponsored by Solas Nua (New Light). Arts Club of Washington, 2017 "Eye" St. NW. 202-331-7282 or http://www.solasnua.oeg/events. Free.

7:30 P.M. Jason Emerson, a historian and freelance writer, lectures on Mary Todd Lincoln, drawn from his recent book The Madness of Mary Lincoln, as part of the "Great Lives Lecture Series." University of Mary Washington, Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1055. Free.

01 Wednesday 6 P.M. Mark Teague, a children's author and illustrator, reads from and discusses his new picture book, Funny Farm. Borders Books & Music - Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-359-8420. He will also read on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Chilren's Books, 2499N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. (call 703-241-8281 to register), and again on Friday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

7 P.M. Paul McGeough, a journalist and former executive editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, discusses and signs Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. He will also speak on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545. A signing will follow across the street at Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756 or http://www.busboysandpoets.com.

7 P.M. Jonathan Maberry, reads from and signs his new Joe Ledger novel, Patient Zero. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. 301-986-1761. Free.

02 Thursday 4 P.M. Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, holder of the John W. Kluge Center Chair of Modern Culture at the Library of Congress and a professor of anthropology (specializing in symbolism in Japanese culture), presents a lecture, "Blooming Cherry Blossoms, Falling Cherry Blossoms: Symbolism of the Flower in Japanese Culture and History." This event coincides with Washington's National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs March 28-April 12. Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-2692. Free.

6 P.M. Jeffrey Everett, an award-winning local graphic artist and a member of the team at Graves Fowler Creative, discusses and signs his new book, 1,000 Garment Graphics: A Comprehensive Collection of Wearable Designs. Borders Books-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, Md., 301-816-1067.

6:30 P.M. Craig M. Mullaney, a former Army Ranger and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, discusses and signs The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Clarendon Market Commons, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. , Arlington. 703-248-8244. Free.

6:45 P.M. Brigit Pegeen Kelly, author of the poetry collection The Orchard, will be joined by poet J.D. McClatchy, editor of the Yale Review and author of the collections Hazmat and the newly published Mercury Dressing. This event, part of the library's spring literary season, will be introduced by Kay Ryan, the current U.S. Poet Laureate. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Free.

03 Friday 12:30 P.M. Ann McClellan discusses and signs her illustrated history, The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration, at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

6 P.M. Clay Risen, the founding managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, discusses and signs A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination. He will be joined by a panel of local individuals who were witnesses to the looting and burning in the U St. corridor. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Free.

7 P.M. Dambisa Moyo, an economist and former consultant with the World Bank, discusses and signs Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

8 P.M. Colm Tóibín, author of the novels The Master and the forthcoming Brooklyn, reads from his work as part of the PEN/Faulkner reading series. A reception and book signing follow. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077 or http://www.penfaulkner.org to RSVP. $15.

04 Saturday 1 P.M. William Loizeaux reads from and discusses his new children's picture book, Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy (illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf). Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

1 P.M. Anna Thomas signs copies of Fire and Water: A Safe Journey Through Multiple Personality Disorder. Borders Books & Music - Woodbridge, 2904 Prince William Pkwy., Woodbridge. 703-897-8100. Free.

1 P.M. Joy A. Williams discusses and signs her new book of spirituality, Friendship MAPS: A Journey through Maturity, Aspirations, Perspectives, and Troubles. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Bowie Town Center, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. 301-809-1552. Free.

2 P.M. Meredith Cole reads from and signs Posed for Murder, winner of Minotaur and Malice Domestic's Best First Traditional Mystery competition. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Spectrum Center, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston. 703-437-9490. Free.

6 P.M. Peter Manseau, author of the debut novel Songs for the Butcher's Daughter (winner of a National Jewish Book Award), discusses and signs his new book, Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Relics. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

05 Sunday 1 P.M. Michael Schaffer discusses and signs One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

2 P.M. Richard Currey reads from and signs his novel of the Vietnam War, Fatal Light (the 20th anniversary edition), at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-8664.

5 P.M. Gregory Orfalea discusses and signs Angeleno Days: An Arab American Writer on Family, Place, and Politics. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.


The Folger Shakespeare Library is once again sponsoring the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Contest, open to students in grades 3-12 in the metropolitan area, the winners of which will be unveiled at the library's Shakespeare's Birthday Open House on Sunday, April 26 (and be invited to read their entries as part of the celebration). The rules are simple: Any subject or theme, but the verse must follow Shakespearean sonnet form -- 14 lines of iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The deadline for submissions is April 3; for complete details, visit http://www.folger.edu.

April 23 is the official launch of D.C.'s Big Read '09. Sponsored locally by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., this third annual event is part of the National Endowment for the Arts' initiative "designed to restore reading to the center of American culture" by encouraging entire communities to read and discuss the same book over a one-month period. D.C.'s selection this year is Carson McCuller's first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. To mark the opening, the storytelling group SpeakeasyDC will host "Outside Looking In," an evening of true stories in tribute to McCuller's novel that will mirror several themes in the book, which is set amidst the hardships of a small Georgia town in the 1930s. It all takes place at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW. And in a nod to the theme of this year's Big Read, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW) will be holding a special exhibition, "Scenes of Washington, D.C. in the 1930s," drawn from photographs and newspapers from the library's Washingtoniana division, running April 1-May 23. Call 202-727-1312 for details. The honorary chair of this year's event is local writer George Pelecanos, well known for his Derek Strange/Terry Quinn thrillers, as well as his work on HBO's dramatic series, "The Wire." The Humanities Council and the D.C. Arts Commission, in cooperation with the D.C. Public Library and public school system, will sponsor related events (readings, book discussions, family activities) through May 23. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.wdchumanities.org or call 202-387-8391.

The Children's Book Guild of Washington, D.C. will hold its annual award program on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at the National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St. NW, honoring Susan Campbell Bartoletti, winner of the 2009 award for nonfiction for her numerous illustrated history books for kids, including The Flag Maker: A Story of the Star-Spangled Banner (illus. by Claire A. Nivola) and Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850. The event will also include a performance by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance as well as a reception. Tickets for this event, sponsored by The Washington Post, are $35 ($15 for students); visit http://www.childrensbookguild.org for details and to RSVP.

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