Washington Area Literary Calendar: Oct. 12-18, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009


6:30 P.M. Actor and director Mike Farrell, known for his role as B.J. Hunnicutt in the TV series "M*A*S*H" and his activism in the groups Artists United to Win Without War and Human Rights Watch, discusses "Of Mule and Man," a collection of his journal entries while on a national reading for his 2007 memoir, "Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist," at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638. He will also speak on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. A book signing follows; call 301-662-4190 or visit www.frederickartscouncil.org for details.

7 P.M. Investigative journalist Ann Bardach discusses and signs her new book, "Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. She will also discuss the book, in conversation with Manuel Roig-Franzia of The Washington Post and Phillip Peters of the Lexington Institute, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, and again on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the New America Foundation, 1899 L. St. NW (Ste. 400). Call 202-596-3367 for details; visit www.newamerica.net to RSVP.


Noon. James T. Bennett, a professor of economics at George Mason University, discusses his new book, "Not Invited to the Party: How the Demopublicans Have Rigged the System and Left Independents Out in the Cold," in conversation with Theresa Amato, author of "Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny," and Hans A. von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A book signing follows; call 202-789-5229 or e-mail events@cato.org to RSVP.

4 P.M. Georgetown University history professor Nancy Bernkopf Tucker discusses her new book, "Strait Talk: United States-Taiwan Relations and the Crisis with China," at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). E-mail coldwar@wilsoncenter.org for details and to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, director of Vanderbilt University's Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, joins contributors Keli Goff and Obrey M. Hendricks Jr. for a discussion of the new anthology "The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's 'A More Perfect Union'" at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Washington Post staff writer Wil Haygood discusses and signs his new book, "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


4:30 P.M. Young adult writer Kristin Cashore reads from and discusses her new fantasy novel, "Fire: A Companion to Graceling," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review in the Style section on Wednesday, Oct. 14.)

6 P.M. Book critic and writer George Scialaba discusses and signs "What Are Intellectuals Good For?" at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

6:30 P.M. Journalist Mark Danner, a former staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, discusses and signs his new book, "Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War," at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.

6:45 P.M. Leonard Todd discusses his 2008 book "Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave," a profile of the slave (later a free man) whose utilitarian pots bore rhymes and script, as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

7 P.M. Journalist Alex Storozynski discusses "The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution," his biography of the Polish military strategist, engineer and political activist, in an event being held at the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Visit www.societyofthecincinnati.org for details.

7 P.M. Former U.S. senator Max Cleland discusses and signs his new memoir, "Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove" (written with Ben Raines), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


Noon. The Library of Congress hosts a discussion of the illustrated volume "Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist," published to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of syndicated cartoonist Herbert Block, with its editors Haynes Johnson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Harry Katz, curator of the Herb Block Foundation Collection and the editor of "Cartoon America: Comic Art at the Library of Congress, in the James Madison Bldg., Dining Room C, 101 Independence Ave. SE. The retrospective, published in cooperation with the Library of Congress, coincides with the library's new exhibition, "Herblock!," opening Oct. 13 and running through May 1, 2010, in the Thomas Jefferson Bldg., 10 First St. SE. For details, visit www.loc.gov.

6 P.M. Professor, philosopher and activist Cornel West discusses and signs his new memoir, "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud" (written with David Ritz), at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. SF and fantasy writer and editor Ellen Datlow joins contributors to the new anthology, "Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe," for a reading at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.

7 P.M. Antony Beevor discusses and signs "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Jonathan Yardley's review^ *http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artsandliving/books/index.html.)

7 P.M. Jennifer Burns, an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia, discusses and signs "Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right" at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Kate St. Vincent Vogl, a teacher at the Loft Literary Center, discusses and signs her new book, "Lost and Found: A Memoir of Mothers," at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.

7 P.M. The Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.) will host "Ghosts, Goblins and Shadows: A Halloween Reading of Poetry and Fiction" featuring writers Cynthia Atkins (author of the poetry collection "Psyche's Weathers"), Laura Brodie (author of the first novel "The Widow's Season"), Kim Roberts (author of the verse collections "The Kimnama" and the forthcoming "Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, D.C.") and Lesley Wheeler (author of the poetry collection "Heathen"). For details, call 301-608-9101 or visit www.pyramid-atlantic.org.

7:30 P.M. Simon Winchester, author of "Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883," "The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time" and, most recently, "The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom," reads from and discusses his work as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission is $44 for nonmembers; call 202-857-7700 or visit www.nglive.org to RSVP. A reception at 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by Michelob Brewing Co.) precedes the lecture. Admission is $25 for nonmembers.

7:30 P.M. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot lauded for his safe landing of a US Airways flight in the Hudson River, discusses and signs his new memoir, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters" (written with Jeffrey Zaslow), at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Joyce Burnett reads from and discusses "Adam's Belle: A Memoir of Love Without Bounds," the life of the late Isabel Washington Powell, wife of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a first-person narrative that Burnett helped record, at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.


4 P.M. Denis MacShane, a journalist and a British Labor member of parliament, discusses and signs his new book, "Globalising Hatred: The New Antisemitism," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

4:30 P.M. Young adult writer James Dashner, author of the Jimmy Fincher Saga series, reads from and discusses his new SF novel, "The Maze Runner," at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington, Va. A book signing follows; call 703-241-8281 to RSVP. He will also read that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237, and again on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420 (presented by Borders Ink).

6 P.M. John Lamb reads from and signs "The Treacherous Teddy," the latest installment in his Bear Collector's Mystery series, at Borders Books-Warrenton, 251 W. Lee Hwy., Warrenton, Va., 540-347-9412. He will also read on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at Borders Books-Fredericksburg, 1220 Carl D. Silver Pkwy., Fredericksburg, Va., 540-785-6171.

6:30 P.M. Children's writers Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper read from and discuss their new fantasy novel for young readers, "Curse of the Spider King: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book One," at Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City, Md., 410-203-9001. The evening is a fundraiser for the Folly Quarter Middle School¿the store is donating a portion of each sale made with a special bookfair voucher between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Vouchers are available online at www.fqms.hcpss.org.

7 P.M. Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas and CQ columnist Craig Crawford discuss and sign their new book, "Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do," at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. Journalist Jake Adelstein, a public relations director for the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project Japan, discusses and signs his new book, "Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan," at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Barbara Ehrenerich discusses and signs her new book, "Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Deepak Chopra, a teacher of Eastern philosophy and spirituality, discusses his new book, "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You," at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Admission to this event, sponsored by Hooks Book Events, is $35 (which includes a copy of the book). For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.hooksbookevents.com.


9:30 A.M. The Library of Congress hosts the 16th annual presentation of the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the Univ. of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) in recognition of "U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States." The 2008 honorees are Mexican-born author Yuyi Morales for her picture book "Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book," and Margarita Engle for the YA novel "The Surrender Tree." A continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. will precede the ceremony, which takes place in the James Madison Bldg., Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. The event is free, but reservations are required; call 202-707-2013.

11 A.M. Writing duo Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant, authors of "Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made," "Gotta Keep on Tryin'" and "What Doesn't Kill You," are the featured guests at the annual Literary Brunch hosted by the Reading Divas at Canterbury Hall, 3125 Ritchie Rd., Forestville, Md. Brunch will be served until 12:30 p.m.; the authors' presentation and a panel discussion will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $40; for details and to purchase tickets, e-mail thereadingdivas12@yahoo.com or contact Sharon Lucas at 301-332-2158.

1 P.M. Rich Benjamin, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan think tank Demos, discusses and signs "Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

3:30 P.M. Carla Hall, a finalist on the reality TV program "Top Chef" and the owner and executive chef of Alchemy Caterers, signs copies of the newly revised edition of "Top Chef: The Cookbook: Original Interviews and Recipes from Bravo's Hit Show," at Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW, 202-319-1374. This event is part of a day-long book fair being held by area Books-A-Million stores to raise money for the March of Dimes¿20 percent of same-day sales will be donated.

6 P.M. Paleontologist Tim Flannery, author of "The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth," discusses and signs his new book, "Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


1 P.M. Local writer Allison Silberberg discusses and signs "Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People Who are Changing Our World" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

2 P.M. The Open Door Reading Series at the Writer's Center (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.) presents a reading by Gail Collins from "Words that Burn Within Me: Faith, Values, Survival," a book of poetry and prose by the late Hilda Stern Cohen. Werner Cohen, Hilda Cohen's widower, will offer a preface to the event relating his discovery of his wife's journal after her death. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org for details.

4 P.M. The Sunday Kind of Love monthly poetry series at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), located at 2021 14th St. NW, will feature readings by Randall Horton and Emily Warn. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey; call 202-387-7638 for details.

5 P.M. Cartoonist Paul Karasik discusses "You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!," the second volume of Fletcher Hank's comicbook tales (the first volume, "I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets!," won an Eisner Award), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) will hold its annual convention, Capclave, the weekend of Oct. 16-18 at the Rockville Hilton and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md. The guests of honor will be bestselling novelist Harry Turtledove, author of the alt-history and fantasy titles "How Few Remain" and "The United States of Atlantis," and Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. On the evening of the 17th will be the presentation of the group's third annual Small Press Award. Ticket prices are $60 for the entire weekend, while individuals tickets are $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Contact Cathy Green at 202-686-6093 or publicity@capclave.org for details.

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 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.

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.

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 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 members). A reception follows. This event will also feature the 10 finalists of the festival's writing contest. 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://Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression," 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," Jonatho^ an 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 (which is the annual Bernard Wexler Lecture on Jewish History) 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 Sachar's presentation, which is $25, and the 2009 Wexler Lecture, 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.

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