Washington Area Literary Calendar: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2009
6:30 P.M. Standup comedian Charlie Murphy, who has appeared often on "Chapelle's Show," signs copies of his new book, "The Making of a Stand-Up Guy," (written with Craig Willis), at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Amy Goodman, host of the radio and television program "Democracy Now!," discusses and signs her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier," at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Local author Denis Lipman reads from and discusses "A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns" at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. A book signing follows. He will also speak on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Rockville, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301-881-0237.
7 P.M. Peter S. Goodman, a national economics reporter for the New York Times, discusses and signs "Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy" at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545.
Noon. Tom G. Palmer discusses his new book, "Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice," in conversation with economics professor Tyler Cowen at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP.
6:30 P.M. Economics professor Carmen M. Reinhart discusses and signs her new book, "This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly" (written with Kenneth S. Rogoff), at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.
7 P.M. Zane reads from and signs her new novel, "Total Eclipse of the Heart," at Borders Books-Largo, 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173.
7 P.M. Journalist Walter Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time magazine and currently CEO of the Aspen Institute, discusses and signs his new book, "American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the bestselling novel "Everything Is Illuminated," reads from and discusses his first work of nonfiction, "Eating Animals," at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 "Eye" St. NW. Tickets for this program, co-sponsored with Politics and Prose Bookstore, are $10 each or two free with purchase of the book at P&P; call 202-364-1919 for details.
6:30 P.M. Barbara Ehrenreich discusses and signs "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America" at Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 202-387-7638.
6:45 P.M. Lars Brownworth, creator of the podcast "12 Byzantine Rulers," presents a lecture, "Byzantium: Rome's Lost Empire," drawn from his new book "Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization," as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit http:/