Washington Area Literary Calendar: April, 13-19, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009


3 P.M. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan activist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, discusses her new book, The Challenge for Africa, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP at ecsp@wilsoncenter.org, 202-312-1300 or www.wilsoncenter.org. Admission, free.

7 P.M. Susan Jane Gilman discusses and signs her new memoir, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


6 P.M. Thomas Glave reads from and signs his new collection of short stories, The Torturer's Wife. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Jason Socrates Bardi, a science writer for the National Institutes of Health and author of The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time, discusses and signs his newest book, The Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling A Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe. This event is part of the store's new "Relevant Writers" series. Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW. 202-223-3327.

7 P.M. James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, presents "O Moody, Tearful Night!: The Lincoln Assassination in Memory and Myth," a dramatic retelling of the events of 144 years ago today. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386 or www.newseum.org to RSVP. $25.

7 P.M. Janet Morgan Stoeke, a local children's author and illustrator, reads from and discusses her picture book Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs. Barnes & Noble, 7851 Tysons Corner Ctr., McLean, Va. 703-506-2937.


Noon. Paul Dickson discusses and signs the third edition of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary: The Revised, Expanded, and Now Definitive Work on the Language of Baseball as part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221.

Noon. James Tooley discusses his new book, The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves, in conversation with Reshma Lohia, who administers a private school (Lohia's Little Angels) in India, and Andrew J. Coulson, the director of the Center for Educational Freedom (Cato Institute), at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A luncheon and book signing follow. RSVP by noon on Monday, April 14, at events@cato.org, www.cato.org or 202-789-5229.

2 P.M. Anthony S. Pitch, a local historian and writer, discusses and signs his most recent book, "They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance. The event is free, but a valid photo ID will be needed to enter. U.S. Department of Interior, Sidney R. Yates Auditorium, 1849 C St. NW. 202-208-3796 or www.doi.gov/interiormuseum.

7 P.M. Laura Lippman reads from and signs her new stand-alone thriller, Life Sentences. White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 240-773-9555.

7 P.M. Adrian Wooldridge, Washington bureau chief for the news weekly magazine the Economist, discusses and signs God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World (written with John Micklethwait). Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Aram Roston, a journalist based in D.C., discusses and signs The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi (recently published in paperback) at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545. A book signing will follow at 8:30 p.m. across the street at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington), 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756.

7 P.M. POESIS, the monthly poetry series, presents readings by Abdul Ali and Adam Pellegrini, along with music courtesy of Mike Gillispie and Curly Robinson. An open mic segment follows. Borders Books & Music - Arlington, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington. 703-418-0166.


6:30 P.M. Benjamin Wallace discusses and signs The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine (just released in paperback). Borders Books, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999.

6:30 P.M. Rubén Gallo discusses The Mexican City Reader and Mexican Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution, both authored by Gallo, who is a scholar of Latin American literature at Princeton University. He will be joined by Barbara Tenenbaum, a specialist in Mexican culture at the Library of Congress. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. icmdc@instituteofmexico.org or 202-728-1675. Free, reservations required.

6:30 P.M. Pamela Newkirk discusses and signs her new anthology, Letters from Black America, at Busboys and Poets (5th & K Sts.), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Peter Balakian, a writer and author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, discusses his new translation (with Aris Sevag) of Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918, by Grigoris Balakian, a priest and leading intellectual of his day (and the great uncle of Peter Balakian). Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Alan Beattie, the world trade editor for the Financial Times, discusses and signs False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Thomas E. Ricks, the senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses and signs The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797.

7:30 P.M. Alice McDermott, author of the novels At Weddings and Wakes, After This and the National Book Award-winning Charming Billy, reads from her work and leads a discussion on the literary life at a spring event of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference. A book signing follows. Montgomery College, Faculty Staff Dining Room, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $10.

7:30 P.M. The Nora School Reading Series wraps up its ninth season with poets Karren Alenier, Greg McBride and Douglas Wilkinson at the Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Call 301-495-6672 or visit www.nora-school.org for details.


10 A.M. Bernadette Peters, the Tony Award-winning actress and singer, reads from and discusses her children's picture book Broadway Barks (illustrated by Liz Murphy). The book was inspired by her charitable foundation of the same name (founded with Mary Tyler Moore) that aids pet adoption agencies throughout New York. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. 301-986-1761.

Noon. David Huerta, the highly acclaimed Mexican poet, will read from his latest collection of verse, Before Saying Any of the Great Words: Selected Poems. He will be joined by Mark Schafer, the book's translator, at the Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. They will also speak later that afternoon at 4 p.m. at Georgetown University, Intercultural Center, Room ICC-450, 37th & O Sts. NW, 202-707-2013.

2:30 P.M. A.B. Yehoshua, the award-winning Israeli writer, presents a lecture, "From Mythology to History," as well as discusses his latest novel, Friendly Fire. This event is part of the university's "George Wasserman Family Israeli Cultural Event" series. University of Maryland - College Park, Smith School of Business, Van Munching Hall, Tyser Auditorium, Baltimore Ave. and Rossborough Ln., College Park. 301-405-9413.

6:30 P.M. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, will be a guest on the television program "In the Cafe with Mocha," where she will discuss her new memoir, This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President. The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets (which include a signed copy of the book) are on sale now; call 301-461-6925 or www.theoraclegroup.net.

7 P.M. Harold Holzer and Edward Steers Jr. discuss The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators: Their Confinement and Execution, As Recorded in the Letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft, which they co-edited. Hartranft was the commander of the Washington Arsenal military prison, which housed those accused in the shooting. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Ave. and Seventh St. NW. 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, reads from and signs his new novel, Oh, Johnny. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Harlan Coben reads from and signs his new Myron Bolitar novel, Long Lost. Borders Books & Music, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Falls Church. 703-998-0404.


1 P.M. Tom Diemer, a former reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and currently deputy editor and lecturer in Northwestern University's Medill News Service Washington program, discusses and signs Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

2 P.M. Lynn Gaston and her husband, Randy Gaston, discuss and sign Three Times the Love: Finding Answers and Hope for Our Triplets with Autism. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Ellicott City, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. 410-203-9001. April is Autism Awareness Month.

2 P.M. Paul Chaat Smith, an associate curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, discusses and signs his new memoir, Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

4:30 P.M. Harold Holzer, a noted Lincoln scholar and author, most recently, of Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861, reflects on John Henry Brown's 1860 portrait, "Abraham Lincoln," as part of the American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by Washington College, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The event will be held in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture (which serves both museums), Eighth & F Sts. NW. Free tickets are available starting at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. 202-63-1000 or www.reynoldscenter.org.


7 P.M. A.B. Yehoshua, the award-winning Israeli author, reads from and discusses his most recent novel, Friendly Fire, and chats about his life as a writer and his thoughts on Israel in a conversation with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic magazine. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100 or www.sixthandi.org to RSVP. $12.


The Bethesda Literary Festival celebrates 10 years with a lineup of author readings, workshops, children's events, entertainment and a poetry slam, all taking place April 17-19 in downtown Bethesda, Md. Authors slated to attend include Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, CBS News reporter Kimberly Dozier, PBS journalist Gwen Ifill and journalists Ken Silverstein, David Maraniss and Daniel Schorr; novelists Louis Bayard, Mary Higgins Clark, her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, and Peter Schechter; poets David Keplinger and Michael Collins; and children's authors Laura Krauss Melmed, R.M. Smith and Annette Curtis Klause. For a complete schedule of events, including details on the 16th Annual Writer's Center Small Press Fair (held each year in conjunction with the festival) and "Sidesplitting Standup!," a new addition to feature comedian Tony Deyo, visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a basic literacy training workshop for volunteers over three Saturdays (all sessions are required): May 9, 16 and 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. Also offered is an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor training program to support volunteers in helping adults understand, speak, read and write English. The next training session begins Saturday, April 18, and continues on April 25 and May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. All sessions are required. For details, call 703-237-0866 or visit www.lcnv.org.

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 hold 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 for his work on HBO's 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 www.wdchumanities.org or call 202-387-8391.

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