Literary Calendar March 30-April 5, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009


30 MONDAY 7 P.M. William Julius Wilson, professor of sociology at Harvard University, discusses and signs More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (reviewed on page B6). Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

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 - 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.orgor call 301-576-9024.

01 WEDNESDAY 6 P.M. Mark Teague, a children's author and illustrator, reads from and discusses his new picture book, Funny Farm, at Borders Books - Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-359-8420. He will also read on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. 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, 202-364-1919.

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 at Politics and Prose, 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

02 THURSDAY 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, at Borders Books-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, Md., 301-816-1067.

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 U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394.

03 FRIDAY 12:30 P.M. Ann McClellan discusses and signs her illustrated history, The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration, at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

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 at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. Colm Tóibín, author of the novel 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. Call 202-544-7077 or visit to RSVP. $15.

04 SATURDAY 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, Va., 703-437-9490.

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, at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

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 at Politics and Prose, 202-364-1919.

SPECIAL NOTICE 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 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 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.orgfor details and to RSVP.

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