Sunday, May 10, 2009


11 MONDAY 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). Borders Books-Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270.

12 TUESDAY 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, 202-364-1919.

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, Ardent Spirits, has just been published. A book signing will follow the program. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Call 202-633-3030 or to RSVP ($25).

13 WEDNESDAY 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. Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. 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. 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.

14 THURSDAY 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, 202-387-7638.

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 Bookstore, 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. 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 P&P at 202-364-1919.

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, discusses and signs her new memoir, I'll Scream Later. Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

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 Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

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