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Washington Area Literary Calendar: May 4-10, 2009

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

04 MONDAY

5:30 P.M. The Asia Society of Washington, D.C. is sponsoring a discussion with Pico Iyer about his most recent book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. The event begins at Enology Wine Bar (3238 Wisconsin Ave. NW) for a reception with the author, followed at 7 p.m. with a lecture and book signing at Sidwell Friends School, Kogod Art Center, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. There is an admission price of $25 (nonmembers) for the reception, though the lecture at 7 p.m. is free. To RSVP, visit www.asiasociety.org/events/calendar.pl?rm=detail&eventid=19486.

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6:30 P.M. Nadje Al-Ali discusses and signs What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq (written with Nicola Pratt). Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Sebastian Barry, Irish novelist and playwright, reads from and signs his most recent novel, The Secret Scripture. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Josiah Ober, a professor of the humanities and sciences at Stanford University, delivers a lecture drawn from his recent book, Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens, in an event sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. classic.heritage@verizon.net or 202-363-4337 to RSVP. $15.

7 P.M. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball," discusses his new book, The Hardball Handbook: How to Win at Life. A book sale and signing follow; this event is a fundraiser for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. 202-662-7523 or opus@press.org.

7:30 P.M. Rita Dove, a former U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, reads from her new work of verse, Sonata Mulattica. A reception and book signing follow. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/poetry to RSVP. $12.

7:30 P.M. Christopher Conlon, a local poet and host of many a reading series throughout the metro area, will be on-hand for a staged reading of his new play, "Midnight on Mourn Street," followed by a discussion. The Writer's Center, Quotidian Theatre, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664 or www.quotitiantheatre.org.

05 TUESDAY

10:30 A.M. Jackie Urbanovic, a local children's book author and illustrator, reads from and discusses her new picture book, Duck and Cover. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. Jill Jonnes discusses and signs Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count. Enoch Pratt Free Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-396-5494.

6:30 P.M. Susan Galleymore, founder of MotherSpeak and a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline, discusses and signs Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak about War and Terror (her experience visiting her son serving in Iraq) at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

6:45 P.M. Amy Goldman, renowned gardener, an advocate of heirloom fruits and vegetables and the author (most recently) of The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World's Most Beautiful Fruit, is joined by Adrian Higgins, the gardening editor for The Washington Post, for a discussion, "From Garden to Table: Eccentric Tomatoes and Heirloom Seeds." S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org to RSVP. $25.

7 P.M. Lee Woodruff discusses and signs her new memoir, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress. Woodruff is a freelance journalist and a board member of the nonprofit Bob Woodruff Family Foundation (her husband, ABC journalist Bob Woodruff, was seriously injured in Iraq in 2006). Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


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