Washington Area Literary Calendar: Nov. 23-29, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009


7 P.M. David Plouffe, the manager of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, discusses and signs "The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory" at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 "Eye" St. NW. Tickets for this event, co-sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore, are $8 each or two free with purchase of the book at P&P; call 202-364-1919 for details.

7 P.M. James MacVicar, a former promotions manager for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, discusses and signs his new book, "The Advance Man: A Journey into the World of the Circus," at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.

7:30 P.M. Steve Luxenberg, a senior editor at The Washington Post, discusses and signs his recent memoir, "Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret," at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-2797.


10:30 A.M. Anthony Horowitz reads from and signs his new Alex Rider adventure novel for young readers, "Crocodile Tears," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. He will also read at 7 p.m. that evening at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420. Presented by Borders Ink.

6:30 P.M. Consumer activist Ralph Nader reads from and discusses his new novel, "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!," at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999. A book signing follows.

7 P.M. James Bradley, the author of the bestselling "Flags of Our Fathers," discusses and signs his new book, "The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Canadian couple Colin and Julie Angus discuss "Rowed Trip: A Journey by Oar from Scotland to Syria," an account of their 4,300-mile trek through 12 countries, 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.org to RSVP.


1 P.M. Children's author Jamey M. Long reads from and discusses "A Possum's Happy Thanksgiving" (ages 4-8) at Borders Books-Woodbridge, 2904 Prince William Pkwy., Woodbridge, Va., 703-897-8100.

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-Waldorf, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf, Md., 301-705-6672.


10:10 A.M. Physician and NIH researcher Esther Sternberg discusses "Exploring Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being" 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. Sternberg is the author of "The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions" and, most recently, "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being." The cathedral is located at Wisconsin & Massachusetts Aves. NW; for details, call 202-364-6616 or visit http://www.nationalcathedral.org.


Equinox Restaurant, located at 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, is hosting an evening with C. Bruce Johnson on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. to mark the publication of his new book, "Heart to Heart: 12 People Discover Better Lives after Their Heart Attacks," which will feature a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Tickets for this event are $150, which includes a copy of the book. Part of the proceeds will also benefit the American Heart Association. For complete details and to RSVP, call 202-257-0553 by Nov. 27.

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 closes Dec. 31.

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