Sunday, May 17, 2009


18 MONDAY7 P.M. Colm Tóibín reads from and signs his new novel, Brooklyn, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Irish poet Eamon Grennan, author of the collections Matter of Fact and Still Life with Waterfall, presents the annual Folger Poetry Board Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and book signing follow. Tickets are $12; call 202-544-7077 or visit RSVP

19 TUESDAY10:30 A.M. Children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal reads from and discusses her new picture book, Duck! Rabbit! (illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; ages 9-12) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. She will also read at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va., 703-241-8281. Rosenthal is also the author of Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink (also new this year).

NOON W. Ralph Eubanks discusses and signs his new memoir, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South, as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Call 202-707-5221 for details.

6:30 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 (reviewed on page B7), at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.

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 Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Gillian Gill presents a lecture, "Victoria and Albert: A New Look at a Legendary Romance," drawn from her new biography of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals, as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit http://www.smithsonianassociates.orgto RSVP.

7 P.M. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, an award-winning religion correspondent for National Public Radio, discusses and signs her new book, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Rivka Galchen discusses her debut novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, in conversation with Ron Charles, Book World's deputy editor, as part of the "nextbook" series at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $9 for the general public, $6 for JCC members; visit RSVP. For more details, call 202-777-3251.

7:30 P.M. Local author Libby Cataldi discusses and signs Stay Close: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction at Barnes & Noble-Annapolis Harbour Center, 2516 Solomons Rd., Annapolis, Md., 410-573-1115.

20 WEDNESDAY 7 P.M. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reads from and signs The Increment, his new novel of espionage, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books is hosting a roundtable discussion, "Science Fiction Changes Everything?," with SF writers Catherine Asaro, Greg Bear, Michael Swanwick and eight other masters of the craft, all of whom are part of the Sigma organization, which harnesses the writers' experience in imagining future technology to advise the government of possible methods of future attacks. A book signing follows; call 202-223-9103 for details.

7:30 P.M. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of the novel The Palace of Illusions (recently published in paperback), reads from and discusses her new book for young readers, Shadow Land, the third volume in the "Brotherhood of the Conch" fantasy series, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. She will also read on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545.

21 THURSDAY6:30 P.M. Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, discusses her new memoir, Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. A book signing follows; call 202-662-7523 or e-mail opus@press.orgto RSVP.

7 P.M. The Arts Club of Washington (2017 "Eye" St. NW) is hosting a joint reading by the recipients of the 2008 National Award for Arts Writing: Michael Sragow, the movie critic for the Baltimore Sun and the author of Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, and Brenda Wineapple, author of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The award, now in its third year, is presented by the Arts Club to recognize work of outstanding nonfiction about the arts. Call 202-331-7282 for details.

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