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Washington Area Literary Calendar June 29-July 5

Sunday, June 28, 2009

29 MONDAY

12:15 P.M. 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. New America Foundation, 1899 L. St. NW (4th floor). Call 202-596-3367 for details; visit www.newamerica.net to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Ryan Grim, the senior congressional correspondent for the Huffington Post, discusses and signs This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Kevin Mattson, a professor of contemporary history, discusses and signs his new book, "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?": Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech that Should Have Changed the Country. Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW. 202-789-2227.

6:30 P.M. The Goethe-Institut and the Chinatown Community Cultural Center are co-sponsoring Time Shadows: City Life, the final installment of a project that celebrates the mix of German, Chinese and American cultures in the modern metropolis. The readings, performed by local poets Grace Cavalieri, Kim Roberts and Davi Walders, present poetry in both its native languages and English translations, interspersed with commentary by the project's consultants. It all takes place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. SE. For details, visit www.timeshadows.org.

7 P.M. Richard Thompson, a Washington Post cartoonist and the author of the collections Cul de Sac: This Exit and Richard's Poor Almanac: 12 Months of Misinformation in Handy Cartoon Form, discusses his craft. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990.

7 P.M. Michela Wrong, a journalist and a former foreign correspondent for Reuters and the BBC, discusses and signs her new book, It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower, about John Githongo, an anti-corruption official in Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's 2003 administration. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Kirstin Downey, a former staff writer at The Washington Post, discusses and signs her new book, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797.

30 TUESDAY

6 P.M. Theresa Amato, the national campaign manager for Ralph Nader's presidential bids in 2000 and 2004, discusses and signs Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, a former Virginia poet laureate and author of River Country, joins fellow poet Harvey L. Hix, a professor at the University of Wyoming and the author of Chromatic and God Bless, for a reading from their work. Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-949-9416.

7 P.M. Richard Brookhiser, a senior editor for the National Review, discusses and signs Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. D.J. Gregory discusses and signs Walking with Friends: An Inspirational Year on the PGA Tour (written with Steve Eubanks), chronicling his effort to overcome cerebral palsy and hit the links. Borders Books & Music, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Falls Church. 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Poets Melanie Henderson and Luke Johnson read from their work as part of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series. Miller's Cabin, Picnic Grove #6, Beach Dr. at the Military Road overpass in Rock Creek Park. 703-820-8113. An open reading (sign-up at 7 p.m.) will conclude the program.

01 WEDNESDAY

Noon. Manley R. Irwin discusses and signs Silent Strategists: Harding, Denby, and the U.S. Navy's Trans-Pacific Offensive, World War II. National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. John Pipkin reads from and signs his new novel, The Woodsburner. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

02 THURSDAY

7 P.M. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer and author of the novel Half of a Yellow Sun (winner of the Orange Broadband Prize), reads from and signs her new collection of short stories, The Thing Around Your Neck. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

05 SUNDAY

3 P.M. Reif Larsen reads from and signs his new illustrated novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

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