Washington Area Literary Calendar: Sept. 28-Oct.4, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009


6 P.M. The Washington Campus is sponsoring a discussion of the anthology "The World Crisis: The Way Forward After Iraq" (a compilation of ideas from 20 senior statesmen from the United States and Great Britain) with Robert Harvey, a journalist and member of the House of Commons, joining Branco Terzic, a regulatory policy leader for Energy and Resources at Deloitte Services LP and a former FERC commissioner, discussing their contributions at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. This event is free, but an RSVP is required; call 202-234-4446 or e-mail jyoung@washcampus.edu.

6:30 P.M. Mike Roselle, co-founder of the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network, Earth First!, and the Ruckus Society, joins environmental journalist Josh Mahan for a discussion and signing of their new book, "Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging: My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action," at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. John W. Limbert, a veteran diplomat and currently a Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses and signs his new book, "Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 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, at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md. For details on this event, sponsored by the college's history and political science department and the Paul Peck Institute, call 240-567-7281.

7 P.M. Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price discusses and signs "Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America" at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.


Noon. Diana Gabaldon, author of the bestselling Outlander series, reads from and signs the series' seventh installment, "An Echo in the Bone," at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md., 410-313-7700. She will also read that evening at 7 p.m. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

6 P.M. Wade Rathke, the founder of ACORN, discusses and signs his new book, "Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families," at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6:45 P.M. Novelist and critic Francine Prose, author, most recently, of "Goldengrove," discusses her new book, "Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife," 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 www.smithsonianassociates.org.

7 P.M. Photojournalist David Burnett discusses and signs his new book, "44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World," at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni discusses his new memoir, "Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater," in a conversation with Times reporter Maureen Dowd at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Business writer Bruce Rosenstein discusses and signs "Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life" at the Arlington Central Library, 703-228-5990. He will also speak on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.

7:30 P.M. Peter Manseau discusses his most recent book, "Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead," at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. This event is a benefit for the upcoming Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival (being held Oct. 18-28). Tickets, $30 each or $50 for a pair, include a sneak peek at the festival with attendees able to browse the center's special festival bookstore, enjoy a tasting of truffles courtesy of Godiva and bid in a silent auction. The ticket price also includes a copy of "Songs for the Butcher's Daughter," Manseau's novel which won a National Jewish Book Award for fiction. For details and to RSVP, call 202-777-3251, e-mail litfest@washingtondcjcc.org or visit www.washingtondcjcc.org/litfest.

7:30 P.M. Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen, authors of the bestselling "The One Minute Millionaire," discuss and sign their new collaboration, "Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times," at Borders Books-Tysons, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703-556-7766.


4:30 P.M. Children's author Arthur Yorinks and illustrator Richard Egielski, who earned a Caldecott Medal for their 1986 book "Hey, Al," read from and discuss their newest picture book, "Homework," at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 to RSVP. A book signing follows.

6 P.M. Kip Lornell, a professor in George Washington University's music department, and Charles C. Stephenson Jr., a local cultural activist and a former chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, discuss the new edition of their book "The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop," which features photographs by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis (who will also be on hand to discuss the book) at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638. Special guests will be D.C.'s own Chuck Brown, founder of the seminal Go-Go band "Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers," as well as the group Faycez U Know (with vocals by Halima Peru), which will perform following the discussion.

6:30 P.M. Local attorney Stuart E. Weisberg discusses and signs his new biography, "Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman," at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.

7 P.M. The Daily Record journalist C. Fraser Smith presents a lecture, "Anonymous Heroes: Civil Rights in Maryland," drawn from his book "Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland," at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. A book signing follows. For details, call 410-532-5546 or visit www.ndm.edu.

7 P.M. Fady Joudah, a field member of Doctors Without Borders and the author of the poetry collection "The Earth in the Attic" (winner of the 2008 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award), joins Anthony Doerr, author of the novel "About Grace" and the short story collection "The Shell Collector," to read from their work as part of the Writers Here & Now series at the University of Maryland, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Fine Arts Center, College Park, Md. Call 301-405-3820 or visit www.english.umd.edu for details.

7 P.M. Dalel B. Khalil discusses and signs "From Veils to Thongs: An Arab Chick's Survival Guide to Balancing One's Ethnic Identity in America" at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545.

7 P.M. Journalist Peter Maass discusses and signs "Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Kaylie Jones discusses and signs her new memoir, "Lies My Mother Never Told Me," at the Arlington Central Library, 703-228-5990.

7 P.M. Brandel France de Bravo, author of the collection "Provenance," and GW professor Bruce MacKinnon, author of "Mystery Schools," (both collections are winners of a Washington Writers' Publishing House Award) read from their work at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.

7:30 P.M. Thad Carhart reads from and signs his new novel, "Across the Endless River," at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-004.

7:30 P.M. Psychologist Irene S. Levine, the Huffington Post's "Friendship Doctor," discusses and signs her new book, "Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend," at Borders Books-Rockville, 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, Md., 301-816-1067.


3:30 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 his new book, "Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: "A Hell of a Lot Better than a War," as part of a panel discussion that will include Mary Beth Stein, an associate professor of German and international affairs at George Washington University, and R. Gerald Livingston, a senior visiting research fellow at the German Historical Institute, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). Contact Coldwar@wilsoncenter.org for details and to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Taylor Branch, author of "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63" (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), discusses and signs his new book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President," at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Historian James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Battle Cry of Freedom," discusses and signs "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief" (just published in paperback) at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

7 P.M. Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and the author of many bestselling books, including "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation," discusses her newest book, "You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives," as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the National Academy of Sciences, 2102 Constitution Ave. NW (enter on C St.). A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

7 P.M. A.J. Jacobs discusses and signs his new book, "The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment," at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 the day of the event or 2 free with purchase of the book. For details and to RSVP, call 202-408-3100 or visit www.sixthandi.org.

7 P.M. Nick Hornby reads from and signs his new novel, "Juliet, Naked," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Pete Dexter reads from "Spooner," his new novel, at Borders Books-Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270. A book signing follows.

7:30 P.M. Kathryn Troutman discusses the job-hunter's guide "Ten Steps to a Federal Job: How to Land a Job in the Obama Administration" at the Fairfax County Government Center, Rooms 2 & 3, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-324-8428.


5 P.M. Doug Ball discusses his contributions to the anthology "Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell" at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420.

6:30 P.M. Carlotta Walls LaNier discusses and signs her new memoir, "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High" (she was the youngest of the "Little Rock Nine"), at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame ) reads from and discusses his new song-inspired children's picture book, "Day is Done," (illustrated by Melissa Sweet) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The Writer's Center's new Story/Stereo series will feature readings by Alexander Chee from his novel "Edinburgh" and Srikanth Reddy from the poetry collection "Facts for Visitors," followed by a performance from the group Bluebrain. The center is located at 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Md.; call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org for details.


1 P.M. James Harden Daugherty discusses and signs his memoir "The Buffalo Saga: A Story from World War II U.S. Army 92nd Infantry Division Known as the Buffalo Soldiers" at the Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave. (at Sligo Ave.), Silver Spring, Md. This event coincides with the station's open house, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call the Silver Spring Historical Society at 301-585-3817 or e-mail marcipro@aol.com.

1 P.M. Rachel Simmons discusses and signs "The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

2 P.M. Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state in the Clinton administration, discusses and signs "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box" at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761. She will also speak on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-506-2937.

3:30 P.M. Jess Walter reads from and signs his new novel, "The Financial Lives of the Poets," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

5:30 P.M. Lynn Visson, author of "Wedded Strangers: The Challenges of Russian-American Marriages," discusses her most recent book, "The Russian Heritage Cookbook: A Culinary Heritage Preserved in 360 Authentic Recipes," at the Russia Online Bookstore, 10335 Kensington Pkwy., Kensington, Md., 301-933-0607.

6 P.M. David L. Bosco, a professor at American University's School of International Service, discusses and signs "Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


10 A.M. St. John's Church at Lafayette Square winds up its three-part forum, "The Middle East: Moving Towards Peace?," with a lecture by David Ignatius, an associate editor at The Washington Post and the co-host (with Fareed Zakaria) of PostGlobal on washingtonpost.com, at the Parish House, 1525 H St. NW. Call 202-347-8766 or visit www. stjohns-dc.org for details.

10:10 A.M. Sylvia A. Earle, a former chief scientist for NOAA and author of "The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One," reflects on "The World is Blue: Why Saving the Oceans Will Also Save Us," as part of The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith, a weekly series held prior to the 11:15 a.m. service at the Washington National Cathedral, hosted by Dean Sam Lloyd. The cathedral is located at Wisconsin & Massachusetts Aves. NW; for details, call 202-364-6616 or visit www.nationalcathedral.org.

2 P.M. Charles Jensen reads from his new collection of verse, "The First Risk," along with Merrill Feitell reading from her first collection of short stories, "Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes," as part of the Open Door Reading Series at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, 301-654-8664.

3 P.M. The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) opens its 36th season with An Afternoon with Donald Hall, a reading and discussion by the award-winning poet and writer (and former U.S. poet laureate), all introduced by fellow poet Elizabeth Spires and held at the Howard Community College, Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students with ID). Hall is author of the collections "The Painted Bed," "Life Work" and, most recently, "Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry." To purchase tickets online, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/events/72407. For more details, visit www.hopolitso.org.

5 P.M. Neil Sheehan, a recipient of both a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for his history "A Bright Shining Lie," discusses and signs his new book, "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


Washington Writers' Publishing House (WWPH), a collective literary press created in 1973, announces an open call for its annual fiction and poetry prize contests from residents living within 60 driving miles of the Capitol (Baltimore region included). Book-length manuscripts (there is a fee of $20 for poetry, $25 for fiction) should be submitted by Nov. 1. For complete guidelines, visit www.washingtonwriters.org.

The Duncan Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.) is holding a used book sale (including audio-visual materials) sponsored by the Friends of Duncan Library Oct. 1-3. Hours are: Thursday, Oct. 1, noon to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a special "Friends Only Preview Evening" on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; those who are not members but would like to join can pay a $10 fee at the door. Call 703-838-4566 for details.

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.

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: Zoë Heller discussing her latest novel, "The Believers," in conversation with Book World's deputy editor Ron Charles on Tuesday, Oct. 20; Morris Dickstein, author of "Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression^ *http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/11/AR2009091101841.html," joining Shana Liebman, author of Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection, for a panel discussion, "Down Economy, Outstanding Art," on Wednesday, Oct. 21; the program "Past Imperfect: New Jewish Fiction" on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. featuring Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of "The Scenic Route," Jonathan Keats, author of "The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-Six" and "Norah Labiner, author of "German for Travelers: A Novel in 95 Lessons"; "SLAM! An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry" on Saturday, Oct. 24; Melvin Urofsky discussing "Louis D. Brandeis: A Life," his biography of the Supreme Court Justice, on Monday, Oct. 26; and the presentation of the annual Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture, "Current Israeli Myths and Realities: The Way to Peace," on Wednesday, Oct. 28 by Howard M. Sachar, author of "A History of Jews in the Modern World." Tickets for all festival events are on sale now; admission to the events listed here is $10, or $8 for JCC members (save for the Sachar's presentation¿the 2009 Bernard Wexler Lecture on Jewish History¿which is free). For a complete schedule and further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. To purchase tickets by phone, call 202-777-3251.


The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a basic literacy training workshop for volunteers over three consecutive Saturdays (all sessions are required): Oct. 17, 24 and 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. There is a one-time fee of $40 to help defray the cost of books and materials; call 703-237-0866, ext. 111, e-mail volunteers@lcnv.org or visit www.lcnv.org.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold several orientation sessions for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English: Monday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Germantown Library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, Md.; Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 27, both at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md.; and Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, Md. Once volunteers have completed the orientation, they can select a two-part training session that best fits their schedules. The next planned workshop will be on Saturday, Oct. 17 and 24, from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Rockville Library. There will also be one held on Saturday, Nov. 7 and 21, 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, also at the Rockville Library. For complete details, call 301-610-0030, e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.org or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.

The Charles County Literacy Council will hold a volunteer tutor workshop Oct. 27-29, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (all sessions are required). The program is free, but space is limited; to RSVP, visit www.charlescountyliteracy.org (Events page), e-mail charlescountyliteracy@comcast.net or call program coordinator Marlene Cleaveland at 301-934-6488.

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