Washington Area Literary Calendar: Sept. 21-27, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009


7 P.M. Harvey Cox, a professor of divinity emeritus at Harvard University, discusses and signs his new book, The Future of Faith, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 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 Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761. He will also speak on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-506-2937.

7 P.M. Paul Dickson discusses his two most recent books, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (updated third edition) and The Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom, and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime, at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.

7 P.M. Jayanti Tamm, a local writer and professor, discusses and signs Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult (her experience with the Sri Chinmoy group) at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW, 202-724-8707.

7:30 P.M. Washington Post reporter Bradley Graham discusses and signs By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, Md., 240-777-0970.


Noon. The Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress will feature readings on the theme of "Life is Beautiful" from Sue Ellen Thompson (Oxford, Md.,), Barbara Crooker (Fogelsville, Pa.) and Joseph Ross (Silver Spring, Md.) in the Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-5394.

6 P.M. W. Ralph Eubanks, director of publishing at the Library of Congress and author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past and (most recently) The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South, reads from and discusses his work at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax, Va. This evening is part of the 11th annual Fall for the Book Festival (www.fallforthebook.org).

6 P.M. Television producer and writer Lyah Beth LeFlore reads from and signs her new novel, Wildflowers, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638. She will also read on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. at Borders Books-Silver Spring, 8518 Fenton St., Silver Spring, Md., 301-585-0550.

6:30 P.M. Michael Largo, author of The Portable Obituary (a Bram Stoker Award Finalist) and Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die (as well as the owner and founder of the landmark St. Marks Bar & Grill in New York City's East Village in the early 1980s) discusses and signs his most recent book, Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages, at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

6:30 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 the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454. (Book World's review can be found here: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/04/AR2009090401753.html)

6:30 P.M. The Capitol Hill Village is sponsoring a reading and discussion with journalist Ariel Sabar, author of My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, at the Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 Seventh St. SE, 202-698-3377.

7 P.M. Joanne Rendell reads from and signs her new novel, Crossing Washington Square, at Borders Books-Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270.

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