Washington Area Literary Calendar: Nov. 9-15

Sunday, November 8, 2009


10:30 A.M. Children's author David A. Carter reads from and discusses "White Noise: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

Noon. Romesh Ratnesar, the deputy managing editor of Time magazine, discusses and signs his new book on the fall of the Berlin Wall, "Tear Down This Wall: A City, a President, and the Speech that Ended the Cold War," at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

Noon. Norman Podhoretz, a former editor in chief of the journal Commentary, discusses and signs his newest book, "Why Are Jews Liberals?," at the Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW (6th floor). Call 202-974-2400 or e-mail events@hudson.orgto RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Professor James W. Loewen discusses and signs his new book, "Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History," at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. James R. Mihelcic, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses and signs his new book, "Field Guide to Environmental Engineering for Development Workers: Water, Sanitation, and Indoor Air," at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.

7 P.M. Hendrik Hertzberg, a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, discusses and signs "¡OBÁMANOS!: The Rise of a New Political Era" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


10:30 A.M. Young adult writer L.M. Elliott reads from and discusses her new historical novel, "A Troubled Peace," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

Noon. The National Theatre continues its new series, "Noon at the National," with a reading and discussion by Greg Olear from his new thriller, "Totally Killer," in the theater's Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is free, but passes are required -- they will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the program (one ticket per person in line), first-come, first-served; for details, visit http://www.nationaltheatre.orgor call 202-783-3372.

4:30 P.M. John W. Frece, associate director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, discusses his new book, "Sprawl & Politics: The Inside Story of Smart Growth in Maryland," as part of the series "Speaking of Books ... Conversations with Campus Authors" at the University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Special Events Room, College Park, Md. Visit http://www.lib.umd.edu/mck/booktalksor call 301-314-8521 for details. A Q&A, light reception and book signing follow.

6:30 P.M. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, an assistant professor of history at Ohio State University, discusses and signs his new book, "Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt," at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. David Henry Sterry, author of the memoir "Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent," discusses the new anthology, "Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex" (edited with R.J. Martin Jr.), at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Duff Goldman, pastry chef and proprietor of Baltimore's "Charm City Cakes" (as seen on the Food Network), discusses and signs his new illustrated book, "Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes" (written with Willie Goldman), at Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City, Md., 410-203-9001.

7 P.M. The Arts Club of Washington (2017 "Eye" St. NW) continues its fall literary season with a discussion by naturalist and filmmaker Christopher White on his new book, "Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen," followed by a reception and book signing. For details and to RSVP, call 703-994-3166. He will also speak on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Annapolis Harbour Center, 2516 Solomon's Island Rd., Annapolis, Md., 410-573-1115.

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood discusses and signs his new book, "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Patrick K. O'Donnell discusses and signs "They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany" at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Chef and style entrepreneur Barbara Smith discusses and signs her new book, "B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style," at Borders Books-Largo, 913-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

7:30 P.M. Brett L. Abrams discusses and signs "Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington, D.C." at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va., 703-838-4566.

7:30 P.M. Psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses her book "The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want" at the Severn School, Price Auditorium (McCleary Student Center), 116 Maple Ave., Severna Park, Md. This event is part of the Astle Lecture Series; for details, call 410-647-7701.


Noon. David Sears, a former officer in the United States Navy, discusses and signs his new book "At War With the Wind: The Epic Struggle with Japan's World War II Suicide Bombers," as part of the "Authors on Deck" series at the United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A Q&A and book signing follow; visit http://www.navymemorial.orgor call 202-737-2300 for details.

1 P.M. Professor Paul C. Rosier discusses his new book, "Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century," in a Veteran's Day program at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth St. & Constitution Ave. SW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit http://www.americanindian.si.edufor details.

7 P.M. Stephen P. Cohen, the president of the Institute for Middle East Peace and Development, discusses and signs his new book, "Beyond America's Grasp: A Century of Failed Diplomacy in the Middle East," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Jane Stanfield discusses her new workbook, "Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation," at the Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md., 301-949-9416.

7:30 P.M. Wildlife biologist and nature photographer Paul Nicklen discusses his new book, "Polar Obsession," as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission is $18 for nonmembers; call 202-857-7700 or visit http://www.nglive.orgto RSVP.


11 A.M. Artist Alex Beard reads from and discusses his new children's picture book, "The Jungle Grapevine," at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420.

11 A.M. Artist Patricia C.K. Macintyre discusses her artwork created for the new children's book, "From Here to There and Back with a Quack!" (written by Faith Nielsen), at Reston's Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village, Reston, Va. She will also speak in the same location on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. Call 703-435-9772 for details.

6 P.M. Lucinda Scala Quinn, the co-host of the PBS program "Everyday Food" and vice president and editorial director of food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, discusses her new book, "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys: Recipes, Strategies & Survival Techniques," at Zola Wine & Kitchen, 505 Ninth St. NW. Tickets for this event, sponsored by Hooks Book Events, are $75 (which includes a copy of the book, appetizers and two glasses of wine). Visit http://www.hooksbookevents.comor call 301-229-1128 for details and to RSVP.

6 P.M. Children's author Mike Lupica reads from and discusses his new sports novel for young readers, "Million-Dollar Throw," at Borders Books-Fairfax, 703-359-8420.

6:45 P.M. Wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin, the award-winning host and producer of television programs for the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, presents a lecture, "On the Brink of Extinction: Journeys with the Rarest Animals in the World," drawn from his new book, "100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species," as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit http://www.smithsonianassociates.orgto RSVP.

6:45 P.M. Poets Tony Hoagland, author of the collections "Sweet Ruin" and "Little Oceans," joins Lucia Perillo, author of "The Body Mutinies" and "Inseminating the Elephant," for a reading of their work at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

7 P.M. Journalist Haynes Johnson, author (with Dan Balz) of "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election," discusses "Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist," a retrospective of the life and work of the celebrated artist (and the companion to an exhibit now on view at the Library of Congress), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. Johnson edited the book with Harry Katz, curator of the Herb Block Foundation Collection and the editor of "Cartoon America: Comic Art."

7:30 P.M. Journalist Gwen Ifill, a senior correspondent with "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," discusses politics and her recent book, "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," in conversation with NBC News's Andrea Mitchell as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $35 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit http://www.smithsonianassociates.orgto RSVP.

8 P.M. mothertongue, a community group that hosts monthly open-mic and spokenword events to embolden women to share their voices, will hold its next event at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW), its 11th anniversary celebration with Silvana Straw (D.C.'s original poetry slam champion), Michelle Parkerson (a local writer, filmmaker and professor) and newcomer Maureen Andary. Doors open at 8 p.m., the show is at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation (proceeds support the group). For more details and to sign up for the open mic, e-mail dmevennou@gmail.com.


6 P.M. Latoya Lee reads from and signs "When These Hands Write: A Poetry Collection with love invested!" at Borders Books-Largo, 301-499-2173.

7 P.M. John M. Weiskopf, a literature teacher and writer, reads from and signs his novel "The Ascendancy" at Barnes & Noble-Gaithersburg, 21 Grand Corner Ave., Gaithersburg, Md., 301-721-0860.

7 P.M. Children's author Patricia Reilly Giff, winner of the Newbery Award and author, most recently, of the novel "Wild Girl," presents a lecture, "Writing: The Story of My Life," at the Fairfax County Government Center, Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va. Call 703-324-8428 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/libraryfor details.

7 P.M. Novelist Mary Gordon discusses and signs her new book, "Reading Jesus: A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Allison Hoover Bartlett reads from and discusses her new book, "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession," at St. Andrew's United Methodist Day School, 4 Wallace Manor Rd., Edgewater, Md. Books will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the school; call 410-266-0952 for details.


10:30 A.M. Nancy Tringali Piho discusses and signs "My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything" at Borders Books-Fairfax, 703-359-8420.

1 P.M. Harold Fisher, the news anchor at WHUR-FM, discusses and signs his new romance novel, "Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life," at Borders Books-Largo, 913-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.

1 P.M. Jennifer Kaplan, founder of the consulting firm Greenhance, discusses and signs her new book, "Greening Your Small Business: How to Improve Your Bottom Line, Grow Your Brand, Satisfy Your Customers--and Save the Planet," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

3 P.M. Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins discuss the updated edition of "Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. A book signing follows.

4 P.M. Kabrena Severe signs her new book, "What Kind of Girl R U?," at Borders Books-Largo, 301-499-2173.

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-Winchester, 2420 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Winchester, Va., 540-535-2243. He will also read on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at Borders Books-Woodbridge, 2904 Prince William Pkwy., Woodbridge, Va., 703-897-8100.

6 P.M. Woody Holton, author of "Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution," (a finalist for a National Book Award), discusses and signs his new book, "Abigail Adams," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. The Writer's Center (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.) will host a 120th Anniversary Party for Poet Lore (the oldest continuously published poetry journal in the United States) at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., located at 801 K St. NW (the old Carnegie Library building at Mount Vernon Square). Featured guests include poets John Balaban, Gary Fincke and Myra Sklarew. A champagne reception follows the program; for details, call 301-654-8664 or visit http://www.writer.org.


10 A.M. The groups Adas Reads and Brunch & Learn present a reading and discussion with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, author of "From Beirut to Jerusalem" and, most recently, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America," and Washington Post reporter Laura Blumenfeld, author of "Revenge: A Story of Hope," at the Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. The writers will discuss the influence of revenge on international affairs (Blumenfeld's book is the current pick of the Adas Reads club). For complete details, call 202-362-4433 or visit http://www.adasisrael.org.

10 A.M. St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, continues its latest Adult Forum series, "Counterterrorism: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties," with a presentation by David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and author of "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power," in the Parish House, 1525 H St. NW. Call 202-347-8766 or visit http://www.stjohns-dc.orgfor details.

10:10 A.M. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, author of the novels "Body of Lies," "Agents of Influence" and "The Increment," reflects on "The Faith of a Columnist" 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 http://www.nationalcathedral.org. A book signing follows.

2 P.M. Jill Hunting, a writer on wine and food (and contributor to the NPR affiliate KQED) discusses and signs her new book, "Finding Pete: Rediscovering the Brother I Lost in Vietnam," at Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle, 202-319-1374.

2 P.M. John Brewer, the Eli and Eyde Broad Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, discusses and signs his new book, "The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money," at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215.

2 P.M. The Open Door Reading Series at the Writer's Center (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.) presents poets Gerry Lafemina, author of "Zarathustra in Love," and Michael Salcman, author of "The Clock Made of Confetti." Call 301-654-8664 or visit http://www.writer.orgfor details.

4 P.M. The Sunday Kind of Love monthly poetry series at Busboys and Poets (14th & V) will feature readings by Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Tara Betts and Yvette Neisser Moreno, all hosted by Katy Richey and Sarah Browning. An open mic follows; call 202-387-7638 for details.

5 P.M. Washington Post staff writer Hank Stuever discusses and signs his new book, "Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


Turning the Page, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting public schools in the District, continues its 8th annual fundraiser, the Carpe Librum used booksale, with its second sale of the season opening on Monday, Nov. 9 and running through Friday, Nov. 20 at The Shops at 2000 Penn, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. They will also be accepting donations (books, CDs, DVDs) at the sale site. Hours are: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Sundays. For further details, visit www.turningthepage.org.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School will host the First Annual Olney Literary Day on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 17301 Old Vic Blvd. in Olney, Md., featuring veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas and children's author Fred Bowen, and over a dozen more writers. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door. For complete details and to register, visit http://www.olghs.org; call 240-283-3202 with questions.

The Chestertown Book Festival will be held Nov. 13 - 14, boasting 42 authors and 15 venues in the town of Chestertown, Md. taking part in this inaugural event. Celebrating the literary life on Maryland's Eastern Shore is the festival's theme, which will include a variety of author luncheons, panel and roundtable discussions and a musical finale. Some of the writers scheduled to appear include poet Michael Collier (a previous Maryland poet laureate), writer and teacher Maureen Corrigan, poets Elizabeth Arnold, Jehanne Dubrow and Sue Ellen Thompson and songwriter Barry Luis Polisar. For a complete roster of authors and a schedule of events, visit http://www.chestertownbookfestival.orgor e-mail chesbookfest@gmail.com.

The Aspen Hill Library, located at 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Aspen, Md., will hold a used book sale on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 240-773-9410 for details.

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia will hold its 4th annual Jewish Book Festival Nov. 8-15 at 8900 Little River Tnpk., Fairfax, Va. Programs scheduled include: journalist Neal Bascomb discussing his book "Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi" (Nov 8, 7 p.m.); Chris Bohjalian reading from and discussing his most recent novel, "Skeletons at the Feast' (Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.); and journalist Steven V. Roberts discussing "From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America"(Nov. 15, 7 p.m.). The event also includes a hefty used book sale. Festival hours are: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday; Sunday (opening day) 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For a list of events (as well as the cost associated with the events shown here) call 703-537-3064 or e-mail LaurieA@jccnv.orgor visit http://www.jccnv.org.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Md.) will hold its 40th Annual Book Festival Nov. 5-15, which will assemble a wide range of literary talent, including Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, author of "The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship" (Nov. 9, 7 p.m.) and linguist Deborah Tannen, author of the new book "You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives" (Nov. 15, noon). And there will be plenty more authors on hand to share their work -- for a complete schedule, call 301-348-3805 or visit http://www.jccgw.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 http://www.delmarvareview.com. The submission period opens Sept. 1 and closes Dec. 31.

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