LITERARY CALENDAR April 13-19, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009


13 MONDAY 3 P.M. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laurate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, discusses her new book, The Challenge for Africa, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Bldg., Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP at, 202-312-1300 or

14 TUESDAY 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, at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW. 202-223-3327. This event is part of the store's new "Relevant Writers" series.

15 WEDNESDAY 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

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.

16 THURSDAY 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. RSVP at or 202-728-1675.

7 P.M. Peter Balakian, author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, discusses his translation (with Aris Sevag) of Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918, by Grigoris Balakian, a priest and Balakian's great uncle. Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 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, 202-364-1919.

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, Md. $10.

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

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. University of Maryland - College Park, Smith School of Business, Van Munching Hall, Tyser Auditorium, Baltimore Ave. and Rossborough Ln., College Park. 301-405-9413. He will also speak on Sunday, April 19, at 7 p.m., about his life as a writer and his thoughts on Israel in conversation with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic magazine, at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100 or to RSVP. $12.

7:30 P.M. Harlan Coben, reads from and signs his new Myron Bolitar novel, Long Lost. Borders Books, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

18 SATURDAY 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, Md., 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 St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000.

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