Washington Area Literary Calendar: May 11-17

Sunday, May 10, 2009

11 MONDAY

5:30 P.M. James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and, most recently, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, signs copies of his work prior to a Living Lincoln presentation of "Lincoln as Commander in Chief," showcasing the talent of actors John Dossett and Rick Foucheux. The stage performance (now sold out) is based on McPherson's latest book and is part of the Ford's Theatre Society's celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, 202-434-9548.

6:30 P.M. Nawar Shora, an attorney who is actively involved in seminars and outreach about the Arab community throughout the metro area, discusses and signs The Arab-American Handbook: A Guide to the Arab, Arab-American & Muslim Worlds at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Michael Eric Dyson, a cultural critic and a professor at Georgetown University, discusses and signs Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Robyn O'Brien, the founder of AllergyKids and an activist for tighter food safety regulations, discusses and signs her new book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making us Sick¿And What We Can Do About It (written with Rachel Kranz), at Borders Books-Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270.

12 TUESDAY

6:30 P.M. Steve Luxenberg, a senior editor at The Washington Post, discusses and signs his new memoir, Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494.

6:30 P.M. Mark Rudd, a leader of the student uprising at Columbia University in 1968, discusses and signs his new memoir, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses and signs War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars. Haass is a veteran of both the Department of State and the National Security Council. Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, reads from and signs his debut novel, The Rules of the Game (a newsroom thriller), at the Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.

7 P.M. Reynolds Price, author of the award-winning novels A Long and Happy Life and Kate Vaiden, reflects on his life and work in a conversation with historian Marc Pachter, the former director of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Price's new memoir, ^ (the third installment), Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, has just been published. A book signing will follow the program. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets for this event, part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Series, are $25; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org to RSVP.

7:30 P.M. Sara Rosett discusses and signs her new Ellie Avery ("Mom Zone") mystery, Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder, at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, Va., 703-978-5600.

7:30 P.M. Lisa Scottoline, the Edgar Award winning mystery writer, reads from her new novel, Look Again, in an event sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library's Center for the Book. This event wraps up the library's 2009 Perspectives Series. Free tickets will be distributed (limit four per person) beginning at 7 p.m. Those attending also receive a free copy of the book. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. Call 703-324-8428 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library for details.

13 WEDNESDAY

Noon. Michael Lasser, host of National Public Radio's "Fascinatin' Rhythm," presents a lecture on the music of the Great Depression, "Let's Go Slumming, Nose-Thumbing, at Park Avenue." He is also the author (with Philip Furia) of America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. A book signing follows. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

12:30 P.M. Vincent Bzdek, Washington Post staff writer, discusses and signs his book The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th and L streets NW, 202-466-4999.

6:30 P.M. Peter T. Leeson, a professor of economics at George Mason University, discusses and signs The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates as part of the new "Relevant Writers" reading series at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW, 202-223-3327.

6:30 P.M. Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor and a regular legal consultant for news organizations, discusses and signs his new book, Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Victoria Kneubuhl, an award-winning, Honolulu-based writer and playwright, reads from and discusses her work, including the 1930s-era mystery Murder Casts a Shadow. This event is part of the Vine Deloria Jr. Native Writers Series. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000 or www.americanindian.si.edu.

7 P.M. Colson Whitehead, reads from and signs Sag Harbor, his new semi-autobiographical novel. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. POESIS, the monthly poetry series, features readings by Greg McBride and Ben Malcolm, with jazz improv courtesy of Mike Gillispie, Curly Robinson and Shep Williams at Borders Books-Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166.

14 THURSDAY

5:30 P.M. Nikki Turner, reads from and signs her new urban lit novel, Ghetto Superstar, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

5:30 P.M. John Fox, a poet and certified poetry therapist, offers a lecture and workshop drawn from his book Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making at the Smith Farm Center, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U St. NW, 202-483-8600.

6:30 P.M. Patricia Hill Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, discusses and signs her new book, Another Kind of Public Education: Race, the Media, Schools, and Democratic Possibilities, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638 or www.busboysandpoets.com.

6:30 P.M. John W. Hessler, a senior librarian in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and the author of The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio, will be joined by professor Christine R. Johnson, author of The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous, and Nicolás Wey Gómez, a professor of Hispanic Studies and the author of The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies, for a panel discussion on the difficulty of interpreting Renaissance maps and texts as part of the "Books & Beyond" series. This event is held in conjunction with a May 14-15 symposium on Waldseemüller's World Map of 1507, a copy of which the library acquired in 2003. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221 or www.loc.gov.

7 P.M. Ronald K.L. Collins, a scholar at the First Amendment Center (housed at the Newseum), moderates a panel discussion, "Free Expression and Democracy in America," with professor Stephen M. Feldman, author of Free Expression and Democracy in America: A History; Judge Thomas L. Ambro, who is on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and David M. O'Brien, a professor of judicial politics and public law at the University of Virginia. A book signing follows. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000. Use the events entrance at Seventh St. & Constitution Ave.

7 P.M. Craig L. Symonds, professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of Lincoln and His Admirals and Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, presents a lecture on the March 9, 1862, duel between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (formerly the Merrimack) during the Civil War. A book signing follows. This event is part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program being held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org to RSVP ($25).

7 P.M. George Pelecanos, author of the bestselling Derek Strange/Terry Quinn urban crime series, reads from and signs his new novel, The Way Home. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Christopher Buckley, comic novelist (author of Thank You for Smoking and Boomsday) and an editor-at-large at Forbes magazine, discusses and signs Losing Mum and Pup, a memoir of his parents, William F. and Patricia Taylor Buckley, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

15 FRIDAY

7 P.M. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, discusses his most recent book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, at the Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda, Md., in an event sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore. Tickets are $20 each, which includes a copy of the book, or $10 for a ticket alone. Call 202-364-1919 or visit P&P for details and to purchase tickets.

7 P.M. Nikki Turner reads from and signs her new urban lit novel, Ghetto Superstar, at Borders Books-Largo, 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

7:30 P.M. Douglas Preston^ , reads from and signs his new Aloysius Pendergast thriller, Cemetery Dance (written with Lincoln Child). Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

16 SATURDAY

Noon. Marlee Matlin, the Oscar-winning actress and a veteran of both film and television, discusses and signs her new memoir, I'll Scream Later, at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

1 P.M. Ronald Radosh and his wife, Allis Radosh, discuss and sign their new book, A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

4 P.M. Staceyann Chin, a performance artist, discusses and signs her new memoir of growing up in Jamaica, The Other Side of Paradise, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6 P.M. David O. Stewart, an attorney in Washington, D.C., discusses and signs Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Rabbi Shefa Gold, a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and a composer of six albums of Jewish liturgical music, reads from and discusses her new book, In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs (with illustrations by Phillip Ratner). This event will also feature chant and song from the Song of Songs. A Havdalah service will follow. Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md., 301-897-1518.

7 P.M. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, discusses his most recent book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, in an event co-sponsored by Baltimore Green Works at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-5494.

17 SUNDAY 1 P.M. Julie Greene, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, discusses and signs The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

1:30 P.M. Helen M. Bouwman reads from and discusses her new historical/fantasy novel for young readers, The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap (ages 9-12), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 S. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281.

2 P.M. Deborah Alston is joined by fellow writers Chidozie Ihebereme, Myra Miller, Tosca Nance, Quentin Newhouse, Michael Tanner and Rodrigue Vital for a special Local Author Showcase where they will discuss and sign their work at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

2 P.M. C.M. Mayo, author, most recently, of the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, is joined by poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio, author of Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems (1987-2006), and poet/translator Yvette Neisser Moreno, a local writer and editor who has translated the work of many poets, including that of Ambroggio, for a reading and discussion celebrating Spanish-language poetry and prose. A book signing follows. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-8664 or www.writer.org.

SPECIAL NOTICES

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will hold its semi-annual used book sale on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the library grounds, located at 101 Philadelphia Ave. (at Maple Ave.) in Takoma Park, Md. Call 301-891-7259 or visit www.ftpml.org for details.

The Friends of the Palisades Library (4901 V St. NW) will hold a Used Book Sale Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the library's second floor. Call 202-966-2873 for details.

The Carpe Librum Used Book Sale at The Shops at 2000 Penn, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, now in its eighth year, was launched back in April but is still running strong and will continue through May 15. Sale hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. The sale is a benefit for Turning the Page, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting public schools in the District. For further details, visit www.turningthepage.org.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a basic literacy training workshop for volunteers over the course of three Saturdays (all sessions are required): May 16 and 30, and June 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. Call 703-237-0866, ext. 111 or visit www.lcnv.org.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold several orientation sessions for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English in the upcoming weeks: Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m., both at the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md. Once volunteers have completed the orientation, they can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules. The next planned workshops will be held on Saturdays, May 16 and 30, and Saturdays, July 11 and 25, both from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rockville Library. For complete details, call 301-610-0030, e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.org or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.

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