Washington Area Literary Calendar: Sept. 14-20, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009


4:30 P.M. The Delaware Division of Libraries is hosting a reading by children's writer M.T. Anderson from his new series "Pals in Peril Tales," Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware (ages 9-12), at the University of Delaware, Trabant University Center Theater, 17 West Main St., Newark, Del. A Q&A and booksigning follow. For more details about this "Off the Page" series program, visit www.library.blogs.delaware.gov. He will also be reading on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919, and again on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237.

6:30 P.M. Journalist Ronald Kessler discusses and signs In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. He will also speak on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 301-881-0237.

7 P.M. Business writer Robert Spector discusses and signs The Mom & Pop Store: How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy Are Surviving and Thriving at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia discusses Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (written with Bryan Garner) at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. A book signing follows; to RSVP, call 301-656-2797.

7:30 P.M. Robert J. Samuelson, a columnist for both The Washington Post and Newsweek, discusses and signs The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, Md., 240-777-0970.


10:30 A.M. Children's author Margaret Peterson Haddix reads from and discusses her new novel for young readers, Sent (the second book in "The Missing" fantasy series) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. Physician Howard Dean, a former six-term governor of Vermont, presidential candidate and DNC chairman, discusses and signs Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Tracy Kidder, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, discusses and signs his new book, Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/28/AR2009082801535.html)


Noon. Henry J. Hendrix, a commander in the U.S. Navy, discusses and signs his new book, Theodore Roosevelt's Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century, at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

6:30 P.M. Sherry Wolf discusses and signs Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. D.L. Line reads from her first novel, On Dangerous Ground (an FBI thriller), at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.

7 P.M. The Arts Club of Washington, located at 2017 "Eye" St. NW, launches its fall literary season with Captive Voices: Celebrating the Poetry of Eleanor Ross Taylor, a reading and discussion with Jean Valentine, state poet of New York and author, most recently, of Little Boat, and Dave Smith, a professor of poetry at Johns Hopkins University and the author of The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000. Both will reflect on the influence of the renowned Southern poet and how Taylor's work has shaped their own, and offer readings of both Taylor's work and their own verse. This event celebrates the publication of Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960-2008. A reception and book signing follow; call 703-994-3166 or visit www.artsclubofwashington.org for details.

7 P.M. The POESIS monthly series presents poetry readings by Anne Harding Woodworth and Michael Gushue, with music by Shep Williams on keyboard and Curly Robinson on drums, at Borders Books-Pentagon Centre, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 703-418-0166. An open mic follows.

7 P.M. Nicholas Thompson, an editor at Wired magazine as well as a fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses and signs The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read the review on page B7.)


6 P.M. Stanley Joel Reiser, a professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, discusses and signs his new book, Technological Medicine: The Changing World of Doctors and Patients, at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.

7 P.M. The National Archives is hosting a discussion of the new anthology, The Constitution in 2020, with Jack M. Balkin and Reva B. Siegel, both professors at Yale Law School and co-editors of the book, Robert C. Post, dean of the law school, and moderator Linda Greenhouse, a journalist-in-residence and senior fellow in law, in the William G. McGowan Theater. A book signing follows; call 202-357-5000 for details.

7 P.M. John Shors reads from and signs his new novel, Dragon House, at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Linguistics professor Deborah Tannen discusses and signs her new book, You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Christopher Conlon, Miles David Moore and Shelley Puhak read from their work in the opening evening of the Nora School Poetry Reading Series' 10th season, held at the Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Call 301-495-6672 or visit www.nora-school.org for details.

7:30 P.M. Peter Carlson, a former features writer for The Washington Post (author of the column "The Magazine Reader" in Style), discusses and signs his new book, K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist, at the Friendship Heights Village Center. Call 301-656-2797 to RSVP.


Noon. The National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) is launching a new arts outreach program, Noon at the National (an effort to foster a discussion of the arts and current events) with a reading and discussion by local writer and Special Forces officer John Fenzel from his new political thriller, The Lazarus Covenant, in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets (free) are required, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis (one per person) 30 minutes prior to the start of the event; for further details, visit www.nationaltheatre.org or call 202-783-3372.

Noon. Editors and Roosevelt Study Center scholars Cornelis A. van Minnen, Hans Krabbendam and Giles Scott-Smith join Ambassadors L. Paul Bremer III (previously appointed to the Hague) and Renee Jones-Bos (current U.S. diplomat) for a discussion of Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations: 1609-2009 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). For details and to RSVP, e-mail WES@wilsoncenter.org.

6 P.M. John J. Lamb reads from and signs The Treacherous Teddy, his new "Bear Collector's Mystery," at Borders Books-Hagerstown, 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., 301-745-5897. He will also read on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

6 P.M. Tamika Newhouse, a writer, radio personality and creator of the African Americans on the Move Book Club, reads from and signs her newest novel, The Ultimate No No, at Borders Books-Largo, 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

6:30 P.M. The fall cultural season at the Alliance Fran├žaise opens with a reading and discussion by Jill Jonnes, author of Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count, as well as a screening of the film "Sur les Traces de Gustave Eiffel" (in French with English subtitles), at the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW (courtyard). Admission is $12 for the general public, $8 for Alliance members, WIFV members, seniors and Georgetown University students; call 202-234-7911 or visit www.francedc.org for details.

6:30 P.M. Journalist and motivational speaker Jeff Johnson (he is the host of BET's "The Truth with Jeff Johnson" and a weekly commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning Show) discusses and signs Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 202-387-7638.

7:30 P.M. The Writer's Center debuts its new series, StoryStereo, a collaboration of the center's Emerging Writers Fellowships and a bit of music┬┐first up is a joint reading by poet Suzanne Frischkorn, author of the new volume Lit Windowpane, and Canadian writer Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch (his first collection of short stories), along with a performance by musical guest Roofwalkers, who will perform from their self-titled album. The center is located at 4408 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-8664; visit www.writer.org for more details.


1 P.M. Ornithologist and illustrator David Allen Sibley discusses and signs his newest nature endeavor, The Sibley Guide to Trees, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

1 P.M. Gigi Gunn reads from and signs Living Inside Your Love, her new "Urban Soul" novel, at Borders Books-Largo, 301-499-2173.

1:30 P.M. Robert L. Park, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, discusses and signs Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, Md. For more details on this event, presented by the National Capital Area Skeptics, call 301-587-3827 or visit www.ncas.org.

2 P.M. Mark Praschak, a retired firefighter/EMT from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, discusses and signs his memoir Medic 16, Medic 16: Chronicles of a Street Medic at Borders Books-Annapolis, 1115 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, Md., 410-571-0923.

2 P.M. Judy Shepard discusses and signs The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999. Shepard is a cofounder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an advocacy and outreach group for the GLBT community.

2 P.M. John M. Taylor discusses William Henry Seward: Lincoln's Right Hand, his biography of the president's secretary of state, at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. There will also be a screening of a documentary based on the book. The event is free, but registration is required; call 703-790-8088 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

3 P.M. Tim Page, a former music critic for The Washington Post and currently a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California, discusses and signs his new memoir, Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Asperger's, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Book World's review can be found here: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/04/AR2009090401753.html)

6 P.M. W.R. Smyser, a veteran of government service (posted to the U.S. Mission in Berlin from 1960-65, and formerly a White House and United Nations staffer) discusses and signs Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: "A Hell of a Lot Better than a War" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


10 A.M. St. John's Church at Lafayette Square opens a three-part series in its Adult Forum program, The Middle East: Moving Towards Peace?, with a lecture by University of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami, author of The Stakes: America In The Middle East and a senior fellow on foreign policy at the Brooking Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, at the Parish House, 1525 H St. NW. For details, call 202-347-8766 or visit www.stjohns-dc.org.

10:10 A.M. The Washington National Cathedral's series The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith opens its third season with National Public Radio correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty discussing her new book, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, in conversation with Dean Sam Lloyd. This weekly series, held in between morning services at the cathedral (Wisconsin & Massachusetts Aves. NW), is free and open to all; call 202-364-6616 or visit www.nationalcathedral.org.

1 P.M. Kathleen Williams, sculptor, jewelry artist and fiber designer, discusses and signs a new book showcasing her work, Wearablemagic, at the Torpedo Art Center, Fiberworks Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703-836-5807. (Read about Williams's garden as profiled in the Home section at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/01/AR2009090103011.html)

2 P.M. Maryland writer and poet Elizabeth Spires, author of the collections The Wave-Maker and Now the Green Blade Rises, as well as the children's books The Mouse of Amherst and (most recently) I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings, reads from her work as part of the Smartish Pace reading series held at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. For details, visit www.smartishpace.com.

2 P.M. English professor Michael Montlack, editor of the new anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, joins several contributors to the book for a reading and discussion at the Writer's Center, 301-654-8664.

3 P.M. Marguerite H. Rippy, an associate professor of literature at Marymount University, discusses and signs Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects: A Postmodern Perspective at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545. A book signing will follow across the street at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington), 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756.

4 P.M. The Sunday Kind of Love Poetry Series at Busboys and Poets (D.C.) will feature readings from the new anthology, Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, with Joanne Gabbin, editor of the collection (and director of the Furious Flower Festival of African American Poetry) joining several other contributors reading from their work. This event will be co-hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey; an open mic concludes the program. For details, call 202-387-7638 or e-mail browning@splitthisrock.org.


The National League of American Pen Women (D.C. Branch) will host its Third Annual September Sale at the Charles Sumner School & Museum, 1201 17th St. NW, on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Authors, painters, sculptors, jewelry artists, musicians and more will be featured. A portion of the proceeds is dedicated to the Pen Arts Building Fund (tasked with the upkeep of the historic 1887 home on 17th St. NW, in which President Lincoln's eldest son Todd once resided) as well as the group's operations. For details, visit www.nlapw-dc.org.

The Fall for the Book Literary Festival's ^ kick started its 11th season, ^ (which officially runs Sept. 21-26 on the main campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., ^ kicked off with a series of preview events beginning back on Sept. 6, which will include a reading by Deborah Tannen at Politics and Prose Bookstore on Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., and a reading with children's author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer about her newest picture book What Darwin Saw: The Journey That Changed the World (featured in Book World's For Young Readers column here www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/12/AR2009021201388.html) at the Laurel Branch Library, 507 7th St., Laurel, Md. The festival promises to be chockablock with author readings, workshops, the opportunity to meet with local publishers and a bevy of children's events. Participating authors include: novelists Louis Bayard, James Ellory, Matthew Pearl, Mary Doria Russell; poets Rae Armantrout, Jeffrey Harrison, Terrance Hayes, Ron Silliman and Terese Svoboda; and nonfiction writers Cathy Alter, Dan Baum, Carol Berkin, Alan Cheuse, Robert Dallek, W. Ralph Eubanks, David Finkel, Nick Reding, David Shields and Richard Norton Smith. E.L. Doctorow, the multiple-award winning writer and author of the new novel, Homer & Langley, will add to his roster of honors when he receives the 2009 Fairfax Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts in a ceremony during the festival's closing night. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fallforthebook.org.

The D.C. Jewish Community Center is seeking submissions for its annual writing contest being held in conjunction with the upcoming Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, being held Oct. 18-28. As in years past, the contest's theme is keyed to the festival's Opening Night, which this year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Philip Roth's coming-of-age classic, Goodbye, Columbus. Jewish tradition states that 13 is the age at which young people come of age, but the question being posed by the contest is what age do you believe to be your true turning point, that one transformative moment? The guidelines: a maximum length of 250 words from any resident of the greater Washington, D.C. area, one entry per person. To enter, send a cover letter with your name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address and the title of the submission (name should not appear anywhere on the actual manuscript) to litfest@washingtondcjcc.org. Entries can also be mailed to: Writing Contest, Jewish Literary Festival, Washington, D.C. JCC, 1529 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. For hard copies, please use a 12-point font and double space. Submissions must be received by Sept. 30. Winning entries will be posted on the JCC's website. For complete details about the contest, visit www.washingtondcjcc.org.

The opening night of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival (Sunday, Oct. 18) will feature "Literary Confessions: An Evening of Philip Roth" in the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW, featuring an interpretive reading of excerpts from Roth's Patrimony, Portnoy's Complaint and Goodbye, Columbus (celebrating its 50th anniversary) by local actors, directed by Derek Goldman ($25, $20 member). A reception follows. This event will also feature the 10 finalists of the festival's writing contest (see above for details). Other highlights of the festival, which runs through Oct. 28, include: Morris Dickstein reading from Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression on Wednesday, Oct. 21; "SLAM! An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry" on Saturday, Oct. 24; Dara Horn reading from her most recent novel, All Other Nights, on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Tickets for all festival events are on sale now; admission to the events listed here is $10, or $8 for JCC members. For a complete schedule and further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. To purchase tickets by phone, call Box Office Tickets at 202-777-3251. More festival goings-on listed here next week.

The D.C. Public Library will host "Is Reading Really Fundamental?: How Adult Literacy is Related to Different Social Issues," on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. This program will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the state of literacy in the District, interact with literacy tutors, providers and activists, and learn about the variety of literacy resources and volunteer options in the city. For details and to RSVP (deadline is Sept. 28), contact Ben Merrion at 202-727-2431 or benjamin.merrion@dc.gov.

The Delmarva Review is in search of prose and poetry submissions for its third annual edition, focusing on "the best unpublished work" from authors in the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva areas and beyond. The Eastern Shore Writers' Association, the journal's publisher, will consider fiction up to 3,000 words in length, poetry up to 50 lines and creative nonfiction up to 1,500 words (color photography and artwork will also be considered for use as interior illustrations as well as the cover). For complete guidelines, visit their website at www.delmarvareview.com. The submission period opens Sept. 1 and closes Dec. 31.

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