Washington Area Literary Calendar: Oct. 5-11, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009


6:30 P.M. Nicolaus Mills, a professor of literature and American studies, joins Michael Walzer, a professor of social science and the editor of the journal Dissent, for a discussion of the anthology "Getting Out: Historical Perspectives on Leaving Iraq" at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Washington Post reporter David Finkel discusses and signs "The Good Soldiers," his chronicle of the 15-month deployment of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad, part of the 2007 "surge," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. John Harwood, the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for the New York Times, discusses and signs "Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power: Making Washington Work Again" (written with Gerald F. Seib) at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, Md., 240-777-0970.

8 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 the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $6 each, or two with purchase of the book. For details and to RSVP, call 202-408-3100 or visit www.sixthandi.org.


10:30 A.M. Children's author Fred Bowen reads from and discusses the most recent books in his sports series for young readers (ages 9-12), "Touchdown Trouble" and "Soccer Team Upset," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. U.S. Senator Christopher S. Bond discusses and signs his new book, "The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam" (written with Lewis M. Simons), at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

6 P.M. Ray Raphael discusses and signs "Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation" at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Jim Colucci discusses and signs "The Q Guide to the Golden Girls: Stuff You Didn't Even Know You Wanted to Know ..." at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.

6:45 P.M. Keith Clark discusses and signs "Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson" at the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke, Va., 703-644-7333.

7 P.M. Jen Yates discusses and signs her new illustrated humor book, "Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong," at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Jacquelin Thomas reads from and signs her new novel, "The Ideal Wife," at Borders Books-Largo, 913-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

7 P.M. Andro Linklater discusses and signs "An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Jamie Ford reads from and signs his bestselling novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" (just published in paperback) at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.


10 A.M. Australian knitwear designer Jane Slicer-Smith signs copies of her new book, "Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia" (with photographs by Alexix Xenakis), at Hunt Country Yarns, 6482 Main St., The Plains, Va. until 5 p.m. Call 540-253-9990 for details.

Noon. Journalist Elaine F. Weiss discusses and signs "Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War" at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

1 P.M. Photographer Jonathan Singer and W. John Kress (the curator of botany at the National Museum of Natural History) discuss the new slipcased volume "Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants" (also written by Marc Hachadourian) at the U.S. Botanic Garden, conservatory classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Call 202-225-1116 or visit www.usbg.gov for details and to RSVP.

6 P.M. Michael Huttner, the founder and CEO of ProgressNow, discusses and signs "50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America" (written with Jason Salzman) at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

6:30 P.M.Tom Schachtman discusses and signs "Airlift to America: How Barack Obama, Sr. , John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya, and 800 East African Students Changed Their World and Ours" at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176.

6:30 P.M. Attorney Steve Farber, a founding partner of the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, discusses and signs his new book, "On the List: Fixing America's Failing Organ Transplant System" (written with Harlan Abrahams), at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

7 P.M. Richard Milner, an associate in anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and the author of "Darwin's Universe: Evolution from A to Z," celebrates the 200th birthday of naturalist Charles Darwin with a multimedia show (written and performed by Milner, who's also known as "the singing Darwinian scholar") at the National Museum of American History, Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. Tickets for this event, part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, are $23 for general admission; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. Michael J. Sandel, a professor of government at Harvard University, discusses and signs "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 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 the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 202-357-5000.


10:30 A.M. Sportswriter and author John Feinstein reads from and discusses "Change-up: Mystery at the World Series," his new book for young readers (ages 9-12), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

1 P.M. The Artist Talk series at the Library of Congress presents architecture and dance photographer Philip Trager discussing his work, including the exhibit "Form and Movement: Photographs by Philip Trager" now on view (through Jan. 3, 2010) at the National Building Museum. The library is home to the ongoing Philip Trager Photography Archive, much of which can be seen in his monographs "The Villas of Palladio," "Dancers" and "Philip Trager." The lecture will be held in the James Madison Bldg., Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-8696.

6 P.M. Children's author Nancy Krulik, author of the Katie Kazoo Switcheroo series, reads from her most recent book, "Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Going Batty" (illustrated by John and Wendy), at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-241-8281 for details and to register.

6 P.M. Consumer activist and writer Ralph Nader reads from and discusses his new satirical novel, "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!," at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. The Arts Club of Washington (2017 "Eye" St. NW) continues its literary series with writer J.C. Hallman reading from his debut short story collection, "The Hospital for Bad Poets," as well as the anthology "The Story About the Story: Great Writers Explore Great Literature," which he edited. A reception follows. Call 703-994-3166 for details.

7 P.M. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen discusses and signs "Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Children's author Lauren Myracle, author of the "Internet Girls" trilogy, reads from and discusses her newest title, "Luv Ya Bunches" (the launch of a new series), at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420.

7 P.M. Sports broadcaster James Brown, host of the program "The NFL Today," discusses and signs his new memoir, "Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Significant Living" (written with Nathan Whitaker), at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.


3 P.M. History professor Vladislav Zubok discusses his most recent book, "Zhivago's Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia," in a conversation with professors Michael David-Fox and Eric Lohr, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). E-mail Coldwar@wilsoncenter.org for details and to RSVP.

4:30 P.M. Sarah Dessen reads from and signs her new novel, "Along for the Ride," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. Maggie Lidz, an estate historian for the Winterthur house museum in Delaware, discusses and signs "The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine" at the Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Admission is $10 for nonmembers, $6 for members. Call 202-234-7911 or visit www.francedc.org to RSVP (up until 4 p.m. the day of the event; at the door, tickets will be $2 more).

7 P.M. Annette Gordon-Reed discusses and signs her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" (recently published in paperback), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Michael Chabon, author of "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," "Wonder Boys" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," discusses his first book of nonfiction, "Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son," at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets for this event, sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore, are $7 each, or two free with purchase of the book at P&P; call 202-364-1919 for details.

7:30 P.M. Scott Turow, the bestselling author of the legal thrillers "Presumed Innocent" and "The Burden of Proof," presents a lecture, "Confessions of a Death Penalty Agnostic," drawn from his book "Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty," at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va. This evening is part of the Big Read/All Fairfax Reads program, which this year selected Ernest Gaines's "A Lesson Before Dying." For details, call 703-324-8428 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.


10 A.M. An Educator's Appreciation Reception hosted by Barnes & Noble-Spectrum Center (1851 Fountain Dr., Reston, Va.) will feature appearances by children's author Nancy Krulik, author of the Katie Kazoo Switcheroo series, most recently "Tip-Top Tappin' Mom!" and "Going Batty," and, at 1 p.m., local author and filmmaker Jason Killian Meath, who will discuss "Hollywood on the Potomac," the latest volume in the Images of America Series. For details, call 703-437-9490.

1 P.M. Master gardener Barbara Barker, author of "Container Gardening for Health: The 12 Most Important Fruits and Vegetables for Your Organic Garden," joins Richmond-based Sylvia Hoehns Wright, a Virginia master gardener and author of "From Eco-Weak to Eco-Chic: Landscape Green," to present "Gardening Green, the sustainable landscape" in Room 204-A at the Green Festival, being held at the Washington Convention Center Oct. 10-11. The festival will feature a bounty of workshops, authors and green educators discussing their work, the chance to meet representatives of over 350 eco-friendly businesses and, to top it all off, organic, vegetarian cuisine. After Barker and Wright's presentation, Wright will host a booksigning at the festival's Better World Books, while Barker can be found at booth #937 (the Gourmet Gardener). The Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW; for complete festival goings-on, visit www.greenfestivals.org.

1 P.M. Freelance food writer Joe David discusses and signs his book "Gourmet Getaways: 50 Top Spots to Cook and Learn" at the Old Town Food + Wine Festival being held Oct. 10-11 at the Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria, Va. He will also speak on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in the same location. The event includes a wine and food tasting/demonstration courtesy of a winemaker and local catering chef who will take part in the discussion. For complete details, visit www.oldtownwinefestival.com.

1 P.M. John Lamb reads from and signs "The Treacherous Teddy," the latest installment in his Bear Collector's Mystery series, at Borders Books-White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, Kensington, Md., 301-816-1067.

1 P.M. Writer and professor Mary Collins discusses and signs "American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

2 P.M. Borders Books in Fairfax hosts a book launch event for the newly published "LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary," with lots of LEGO activities planned, a prize drawing and the opportunity to meet the 501st Legion. Call 703-359-8420 for details.

2 P.M. Christian Siriano, the winner of the fourth season of the reality series "Project Runway," discusses and signs his new book, "Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self" (written with Rennie Dybell), at Borders Books-Downtown, 202-466-4999.

2 P.M. Historian and mariner John A. Butler signs copies of his book "Sailing On Friday: The Perilous Voyage Of America's Merchant Marine" at the National Museum of American History, museum store (2nd floor), 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-633-1000.

3 P.M. Local poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio will be joined by Yvette Neisser Moreno, a local translator, poet and critic, for a discussion of his latest book of verse, "Difficult Beauty," at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.. Moreno translated and edited the collection. This event is part of the library's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month; call 703-228-5990 for details. They will also both read on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in the opening evening of the Iota Poetry Series' 16th season at the Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-256-9275. An open reading follows.

3 P.M. Karin Chenoweth, an education writer who previously wrote for The Washington Post and is currently with the Education Trust, discusses and signs her new book, "How It's Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

4 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 Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404. She will also speak on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Borders Books-White Flint, 301-816-1067.

6 P.M. Robin D.G. Kelley, a professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, discusses and signs "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


10:10 A.M. Karen Armstrong discusses "What Does Religion Mean Today?," 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. Armstrong is the author, most recently, of "The Case for God." The cathedral is located at Wisconsin & Massachusetts Aves. NW; for details, call 202-364-6616 or visit www.nationalcathedral.org.

1 P.M. Dylan Landis reads from and signs "Normal People Don't Live Like This," his first book of short fiction, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

2 P.M. Editor Larry Moffi joins poets Dennis Sampson ("Within the Shadow of a Man"), Louie Skipper ("It Was the Orange Persimmon of the Sun") and Sheppard Ranbom ("King Philip's War") for a reading and discussion at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md. This event, part of the center's Open Door Reading Series, celebrates the publications of Settlement House, a new local independent press; call 301-654-8664 for details.

2 P.M. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, one of the five "Real Housewives of New York City" (Bravo TV), discusses and signs her new book, "Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair," at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

5 P.M. Melvin I. Urofsky, a professor of law and public policy and a professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses and signs "Louis D. Brandeis: A Life," his biography of the Supreme Court justice, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


The 14th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md. The event boasts numerous workshops (on the novel, memoir, short stories, screenplay adaptation, to name a few), the chance to meet one-on-one with a literary consultant or journal editor (on a first-come basis) and readings and discussions with distinguished authors, including Julia Alvarez (the year's festival honoree); Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," who will reflect on her experience teaching "The Great Gatsby" in Tehran; and novelists H.G. Carillo, author of "Loosing My Espanish," and Olga Grushin, author of "The Dream Life of Sukhanov," who will take part in a panel discussion on "Literary Border Crossings," moderated by The Washington Post's Henry Allen. Call 301-309-9461 or visit www.peerlessrockville.org/FSF for complete details and to register.

The Southwest D.C. Public Library, located at 900 Wesley Pl. SW (at K & 3rd Sts.), is holding its semi-annual used book sale on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 202-863-0564 or e-mail swfriends@yahoo.com.

The fifth annual Sotto Voce Poetry Festival will be held Oct. 15-18 in Shepherdstown, W.Va. This year's guest writers include Rick Campbell, Alice Friman, Stanley Plumly and Peggy Shumaker. Details at www.somondocopress.com/sottovoce.

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 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 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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