Washington Area Literary Calendar: May 26-31

Sunday, May 24, 2009


6 P.M. Jon Jeter, a former overseas bureau chief for The Washington Post, discusses and signs his new book, Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 p.m. Applying Journalism's Microscope to Family History: Bob Woodward, author and Steve Luxenberg's Washington Post colleague, will lead a Q&A and discussion of the challenges and implications of investigating family secrets at Sixth and I Street Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW in Washington, D.C. A book signing for Steve's new book, Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret, will follow. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, or one free admission with the purchase of the book upon entry. Doors open at 6 p.m.

7 P.M. Uruguayan-born writer Eduardo Galeano, author of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, reads from and discusses his new book, Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone (a series of imaginative vignettes), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Michael Connelly reads from and signs his new Jack McEvoy thriller, The Scarecrow, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.


Noon. Economics journalist Amity Shlaes discusses and signs The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

12:30 P.M. The Library of Congress hosts a discussion celebrating the publication of World War II: 365 Days, a photo-essay compilation featuring over 600 (often rarely seen) photographs from the library's collection, in the James Madison Bldg., West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

2 P.M. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress sponsors a panel discussion, Building the Bomb, Fearing Its Use: Nuclear Scientists, Social Responsibility and Arms Control, 1946-1996, featuring Hugh Gusterson, an anthropologist at George Mason University and the author of Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War; William Lanouette, a public-policy analyst since 1969 and the author of Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb (written with Bela Silard); Martin J. Sherwin, a professor of history and public policy at George Mason University and the author (with Kai Bird) of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer; and moderator Mary Palevsky, a Black Mountain Institute Fellow at the Kluge Center and the author of Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions, at the library's Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-2692.

7 P.M. Loree Rackstraw discusses and signs Love as Always, Kurt: Vonnegut as I Knew Him (a collection of never-before-published correspondence) at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. This month's poetry reading evening at the Kensington Row Bookshop (3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md.) features Lucille Lang Day, the director of Scarlet Tanger Books and author, most recently, of the chapbook The Curvature of Blue, and Ann B. Knox, a former editor of the journal Antietam Review and the author of Stonecrop and Staying is Nowhere. Refreshments provided, and an open reading will follow; call 301-949-9416 for details.

7 P.M. James Reston Jr. discusses and signs his new book, Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Elizabeth Steger Trindal discusses her book Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy at the Lyceum in Old Town, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, Va. For details on this event, co-sponsored by the Alexandria Historical Society and the Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, call 703-683-2636 or visit http://www.alexandriahistorical.org.

8 P.M. mothertongue, a community group that hosts monthly open-mic and spokenword events to embolden women to share their voices, holds its next event at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) featuring local poet Lisa Pegram and DC Youth Slam Poets followed by an open-mic segment. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show is at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8. The event is a fundraiser for the 2009 DC Youth Slam Team (coached by Meg Harrigan and Jabari Exum) and their quest to compete in the 12th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival being held in Chicago July 14-19. Visit http://www.myspace.com/dcyouthslampoetryteam.

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