Washington Area Literary Calendar: Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009 12:00 AM

26 MONDAY 3 P.M. Journalist and activist Rana Husseini discusses her new book, "Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime," at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). Call 202-691-4188 for details. To RSVP, e-mail ecsp@wilsoncenter.org with name and affiliation. She will also speak on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. James McBride, author of the bestselling memoir "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother," reads from and signs his novel "Song Yet Sung," which is the current selection of the "One Maryland One Book" reading program, at Montgomery College, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md. The program will also feature a performance by the MC Jazztet. For details, call 240-567-5000 or visit www.montgomerycolleg.edu.

7 P.M. Steven D. Levitt (a professor of economics at the University of Chicago) and Stephen J. Dubner (a former writer and editor at the New York Times Magazine) discuss their new book, "SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance," in a program at The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St. NW. Tickets are $40, and include a copy of the book and light refreshments. To RSVP for this event, sponsored by Hooks Book Events, visit www.hooksbookevents.com.

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 Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Vince Flynn reads from and signs his new Mitch Rapp novel, "Pursuit of Honor," at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

27 TUESDAY 4 P.M. Mary Elise Sarotte, a professor of international relations at the University of Southern California, discusses her new book, "1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe" at the Woodrow Wilson Center. E-mail coldwar@wilsoncenter.org for details and to RSVP.

7 P.M. Kent Meyers, author of the new novel "Twisted Tree," presents a lecture, "Imagining America's Upper Midwest: Readings in Memoir and Fiction," at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Doyle Formal Lounge, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. A book signing follows. For details, call 410-532-5535 or visit www.ndm.edu.

7 P.M. David Baldacci reads from his new thriller, "True Blue," at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-506-2937. He will also speak on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in an event sponsored by Hooks Book Events and held at The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St. NW. Admission is $50, which includes a copy of the book and light refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Washington D.C. Police Foundation (Baldacci's novel, set in Washington, introduces several new characters, including a D.C. police chief). For details and to RSVP, visit www.hooksbookevents.com. He will also read on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Katherine Neville reads from and signs "The Fire" (just published in paperback), the sequel to her bestselling novel "The Eight," at Borders Books-Warrenton, 251 W. Lee Hwy., Warrenton, Va., 540-347-9412.

8 P.M. The Lannan Center for Poetry and Social Practice is hosting a reading by Dublin-born poet Harry Clifton at Georgetown University, Copley Formal Lounge, 37th &O Sts. NW. (There will also be an informal seminar with Clifton at 5:30 p.m. in the Inter-Cultural Center, Room 462.) For details, visit www.lannan.georgetown.edu.

28 WEDNESDAY Noon. Historian Larry E. Tise discusses and signs "Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk" at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

5 P.M. Jennifer Burns, an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia, discusses her new book, "Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right," at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail events@cato.org to RSVP.

7 P.M. Mary Jo Bang, author of the verse collections "Elegy" and "The Bride of E," joins fellow poet Terese Svoboda, author, most recently, of "Weapons Grade," for a reading as part of the "Writers Here & Now" series held at the University of Maryland, Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall, College Park, Md. Call 301-405-3820 or e-mail lbernal@umd.edu for details.

7 P.M. Morris Dickstein discusses and signs "Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Writer and television producer Walker Lamond discusses and signs "Rules for My Unborn Son" at Borders Books-Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-686-8270.

7 P.M. The Kensington Row Poetry Bookshop Reading Series hosts an event with Brian Brodeur, author of the collections "So the Night Cannot Go on without Us" and "Other Latitudes," and Barbara Goldberg, a teacher in American University's MFA program and the author of "The Royal Baker's Daughter," at 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.

7:30 P.M. Photojournalist Pam Spaulding discusses "An American Family: Three Decades with the McGarveys" (with text by Claude Cookman) as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission is $60 for nonmembers (part of the Masters of Photography 4-part series); call 202-857-7700 or visit www.nglive.org to RSVP. Spaulding will be joined by the book's subjects, the McGarvey family from Louisville, Ky.

29 THURSDAY 11 A.M. John Mueller, the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies and professor of political science at Ohio State University, discusses his new book, "Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda," in conversation with Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center, and Jeffrey G. Lewis, director of the nuclear strategy and nonproliferation initiative at the New America Foundation, at the Cato Institute. Justin Logan, the institute's associate director of foreign policy studies, will moderate; call 202-789-5220 or e-mail events@cato.org to RSVP.

11:30 A.M. The Greater Washington Council of NA'AMAT USA is hosting its Annual Book and Author Luncheon at Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington Md., featuring journalist Naftali Bendavid, author of "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution," Barbara Graham, editor of "Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother" and Washington Post writer Steve Luxenberg, author of the memoir "Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret." The event will be moderated by Esther Safran Foer. Admission is $36 (with a lunch of salmon or pasta); books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 301-460-6184 for details and to RSVP.

Noon. Professor Patricia J. Fanning discusses and signs "Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day," her biography of the late 19th-century artist, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-8938. Presented by the library's Prints and Photographs Division and the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series.

Noon. Eric Mills reads from and discusses "The Spectral Tide: True Ghost Stories of the U.S. Navy" at the United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A Q&A and book signing follow; call 202-737-2300 or visit www.navymemorial.org for details.

3 P.M. The University of Maryland, Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, opens its two-day festival celebrating the life and work of poet Stanley Plumly, author of the collections "Old Heart" and "Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me" and, most recently, "Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography," at the Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall, College Park, Md. Participating authors include poets David Baker, David Biespiel, Michael Collier, Stuart Dischell, Linda Gregerson, Meghan O'Rourke, Paul Otremba, Patrick Phillips, Terese Svoboda, Chase Twichell and Joshua Weiner as well as critics Morris Dickstein and Susan Wolfson. Plumly, recently named the new Maryland poet laureate, will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception. For a complete schedule, visit www.english.umd.edu.

4 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'," at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Room 119, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-2692.

6:30 P.M. Mary L. Gray discusses and signs "Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America" at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.

7 P.M. Music journalist and documentary filmmaker Nevin Martell discusses and signs "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip" at Big Planet Comics, 4908 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-654-6856.

7 P.M. Sherman Alexie reads from and signs his new novel, "War Dances," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Audrey Niffenegger, author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" (inspiration for the recent feature film), reads from and discusses her new bestselling novel, "Her Fearful Symmetry," as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. She will be joined in the discussion by Nan Graham, editor in chief of Scribner and also editor of Niffenegger's second novel. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

7:30 P.M. Award-winning poet Terese Svoboda reads from her work, including "Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI's Secret from Postwar Japan" (winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize) and the new collection of verse, "Weapons Grade," at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md. She will be joined by Wendy Mnookin, author of the poetry collection "The Moon Makes Its Own Plea." Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org for details.

7:30 P.M. Melissa Ford, creator of the blog "Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters," discusses and signs her new book, "Navigating the Land of If: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options," at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237.

30 FRIDAY 6 P.M. Filmmaker and photographer Douglas Gayeton discusses his new illustrated book, "Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town," his meditation on the principles of the Slow Food movement as practiced in the town of Pistoia (outside Florence), at Market Salamander, 200 West Washington St., Middleburg, Va. Admission to this event, co-sponsored by Books & Crannies, is $19.95; for complete details, call 540-687-3600 or e-mail elongo@salamanderhospitality.com.

7 P.M. Broadcast journalist Lynne Joiner discusses and signs "Honorable Survivor: Mao's China, McCarthy's America and the Persecution of John S. Service" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

8 P.M. Margaret Atwood, the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" and the Booker Prize-winning "The Blind Assassin," will take part in a dramatic reading from her new novel, "The Year of the Flood" (which follows characters first seen in Atwood's post-apocalyptic work "Oryx and Crake") at George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. GW students will stage selected scenes from the novel as well as the musical accompaniment. Tickets are $35 ($25 for GW students and alumni) and available at the Lisner Box Office, TicketMaster outlets, PhoneCharge at 301-808-6900 and www.ticketmaster.com. For complete details, call 202-994-6800.

31 SATURDAY 3 P.M. William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), discusses and signs "Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

5 P.M. J.J. Smith reads from and discusses his new book, "Haunted Alexandria & Northern Virginia," at the Sacred Circle Bookstore, 919 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-299-9309. A book signing follows.

1 SUNDAY 1 P.M. The winners of the Washington Writers' Publishing House 2009 fiction and poetry competitions, William Littlejohn for the novel "Calvin" and Jehanne Dubrow for the collection "From the Fever-World," read from their work at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

1 P.M. Sportswriter Robert C. Gallagher signs copies of "The Express: The Ernie Davis Story" after a screening of the movie based on his book at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale, Va. Call 703-256-3800 to register.

2 P.M. Journalist Timothy Egan discusses and signs "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America" at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404. (Read the review at washingtonpost.com/bookworld.)

2 P.M. Beatnik poet David Meltzer, author of "David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer," joins poet and editor Michael Rothenberg to discuss their country music/poetry tour Rockpile (across the U.S.) as well as read from "The Rockpile Journals," along with guests Ed Baker, Sarah Browning, Terri Carrion, Buck Downs, Brian Gilmore, Reuben Jackson, Beth Joselow, Tom Mandel, Carlo Parcelli, Tala Abu Rahmeh and Rod Smith, at the Writer's Center. This event is part of the center's Open Door Reading Series; call 301-654-8664 for details.

3 P.M. The Walters Art Museum is hosting "Medusa's Daughter: Today's Heroine in Graphic Novels," a lecture with Jonathan Scott Fuqua and graphic artist Steven Parke, who created "Medusa's Daughter," which was published simultaneously as a novel, graphic novel and a book for young readers with learning challenges in 2007, in the museum's Graham Auditorium. A reception and book signing follow. Admission is $10 for members, $5 for students. The Walters is located at 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.; call 410-547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.org for details.

5 P.M. Elisa New discusses and signs her new memoir, "Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Malalai Joya, an Afghan parliamentarian (suspended in 2007 and now under 24-hour security) discusses and signs her new memoir, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice," at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 202-387-7638.


The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival is winding down -- it will close on Wednesday, Oct. 28, with the presentation of the annual Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture, "Current Israeli Myths and Realities: The Way to Peace," by Howard M. Sachar, author of "A History of Jews in the Modern World." Also this week: Deborah Bodin Cohen reads from her new children's picture book, "Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story" (illustrated by Jago), on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the James and Esthy Adler Preschool Lobby (The book is this year's winner of the Sugarman Family Children's Book Award.). Melvin Urofsky discusses "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, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall. Dara Horn reads from and discusses her novel "All Other Nights" (Jewish spies in the Civil War) in a Nextbook event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater. 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). 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.

Turning the Page, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting public schools in the District, is holding its fall fundraising Carpe Librum book sale Oct. 19-31 at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, featuring thousands of books, as well as CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes to browse through. Sale hours are: Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (the sale is closed Sunday, Oct. 25). For further details, visit www.turningthepage.org or call 202-347-9841.

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