Washington Area Literary Calendar: Dec. 6-13, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009



Noon. Robert C. Knudsen discusses his new book, "A Living Treasure: Seasonal Photographs of Arlington National Cemetery," 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.orgfor details.

6 P.M. Children's author Jane O'Connor reads from and discusses her new picture book, "Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas" (illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser) at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420. She will also read on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will sign copies of the new DVD "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the recent PBS broadcast, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176. He is also the author (with Dayton Duncan) of an illustrated companion book of the same title.

6:30 P.M. Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn (star of the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia" and part of the ensemble in the film "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") reads from and discusses her new book of verse, "Bang Ditto," at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.


5:30 P.M. Kevin Wayne Johnson discusses and signs the books in his "Give God the Glory!" series, including "Let Your Light So Shine" and "The Godly Family Life," at Borders Books-Largo, 913-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173. He will also be signing on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Towson, 1 East Joppa Rd., Towson, Md., 410-296-7021.

7 P.M. Roger G. Kennedy, a former director of the National Park Service and director emeritus of the National Museum of American History, presents an illustrated discussion of his new book, "When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy," at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Also taking part in the discussion will be David Larkin, the book's editor and designer, all moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Nick Kotz. A book signing follows; for details, call 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. CBS News journalist Kimberly Dozier discusses her memoir "Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report--and Survive--the War in Iraq" (Dozier suffered critical injuries from a roadside bomb), at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.

7:30 P.M. Ann F. Purcell discusses and signs "The Photographer's Guide to Washington, D.C.: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them" (written with Lee Foster) at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va., 703-838-4566 or http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us.


Noon. Peter Carlson, a former features writer for The Washington Post (author of the column "The Magazine Reader" in Style), discusses and signs his book "K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist" at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 202-357-5000.

6:30 P.M. Terry Teachout, the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal and the chief culture critic for the journal Commentary, discusses and signs "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong" at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.


12:30 P.M. Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state in the Clinton administration, discusses and signs "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box" at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

2 P.M. Botanist Peter H. Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, discusses the new book, "Flora Mirabilis: How Plants Have Shaped World Knowledge, Health, Wealth, and Beauty," as part of the "National Geographic Live!" series at the National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. He will be introduced by the book's author, Catherine Herbert Howell (the book is the product of a collaboration between the Missouri Botanical Garden and National Geographic, for which Howell is a regular contributor). Admission is free; call 202-857-7700 or visit http://www.nglive.orgfor details.

6:30 P.M. Radio broadcaster "Cousin Brucie" Morrow discusses and signs his new book, "Rock & Roll: ... And the Beat Goes On" (written with Rich Maloof), at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The event is a fundraiser for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library; to RSVP, e-mail nottingham@press.org.

6:30 P.M. James Giordano discusses and signs "Pain Medicine: Philosophy, Ethics and Policy" (edited with M.V. Boswell) at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.

7 P.M. Screenwriter Steven Karras discusses and signs his first book, "The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II," at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 "Eye" St. NW. Tickets are $6 each, or two free with purchase of the book. For details, call 202-408-3100; to RSVP, visit http://www.sixthandi.org.


1 P.M. Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, reads from and discusses his new novel, "To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom" (written with William R. Forstchen), at Barnes & Noble-Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 703-506-2937.

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-Stafford, 1240 Stafford Market Place, Stafford, Va., 540-720-9636.

2 P.M. Maggie Stiefvater reads from and signs her new young adult novel, "Shiver," at Borders Books-Fredericksburg, 1220 Carl D. Silver Pkwy., Fredericksburg, Va., 540-785-6171.

3 P.M. Rebecca K. O'Connor discusses and signs "Lift," her new memoir chronicling a career in falconry, at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-228-6545.


2 P.M. Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator of old master drawings at the National Gallery of Art, discusses the current exhibition, "Renaissance to Revolution: French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800," at the National Gallery of Art, East Building auditorium, Fourth St. & Constitution Ave. NW. A book signing for the exhibition catalog (authored by Grasselli) follows. For details, call 202-737-4215 or visit http://www.nga.gov.

3 P.M. Members of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists will discuss the new book, "The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual," at the Shirlington Branch Public Library, 703-228-6545.

6 P.M. Christopher Conlon and Adele Steiner read from their work as part of the Iota Poetry Series held at the Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-256-9275.



The First Annual Takoma Park Authors' Signing & Sale will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Roscoe's Pizzeria, 7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. Authors scheduled to appear include Beth Baker ("Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes"); Robin Broad and John Cavanagh ("Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match"); Ronit Eisenbach ("Installations By Architects: Experiments in Building and Design," written with Sarah Bonnemaison); Robert Engelman ("More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want"); Alison Kahn ("Patapsco: Life along Maryland's Historic River Valley" with photographs by Peggy Fox); Robert Koenig ("The Fourth Horseman: One Man's Secret Campaign to Fight the Great War in America"); Karen E. Lange ("1607: A New Look at Jamestown," a children's book with photographs by Ira Block); Laurie Mazur ("A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice, and the Environmental Challenge"); Deborah Nelson ("The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes"); Megan Scribner ("Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead," written with Sam M. Intrator); Diane Singerman ("Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity"); Harvey Solomon ("Book of Days: 70s: (2009) a Day-by-day Look At the Pop Culture Moments That Made History," written with Rich Appel); and Dave Zirin ("A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play"). For further details, e-mail megan@mscribner.comor ali.kahn@verizon.net.

Turning the Page, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting public schools in the District, is this year holding its eighth annual series of fundraisers, the Carpe Librum used book sale. The year's third and final sale (with a large new infusion of books, CDs and DVDs) opened Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 18 at The Shops at 2000 Penn, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The sale runs seven days a week--hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Sundays. For further details, visit http://www.turningthepage.org. They will also be accepting donations at the site through Dec. 12.

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