Literary calendar for book events in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


December 14-16, 2009

14 MONDAY 7:30 P.M. The Folger Poetry Series hosts the annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute with Lucie Brock-Broido, director of poetry in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and author of the collections "Trouble in Mind" and "The Master Letters," reading from her own work as well as that of Dickinson, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception (featuring a black cake made from Dickinson's own recipe) and book signing follow. Tickets are $12 each; for details and to RSVP, call 202-544-7077 or visit Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.

15 TUESDAY 6:45 P.M. Local author Denis Lipman reads from and discusses "A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns" at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 "Eye" St. NW. A wine reception will follow in the club's home, the historic James Monroe House. Tickets are $25; call 202-331-7282 or e-mail esuwdc@verizon.netto RSVP.

16 WEDNESDAY Noon. Robert W. Merry, the former president and publisher of Congressional Quarterly, discusses and signs "A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent," at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. Critic and Book World columnist Michael Dirda discusses his most recent book, "Classics for Pleasure," at the White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Md., 240-773-9555.

7:30 P.M. Professor Ari Y. Kelman discusses his new book, "Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States," as part of the Nextbook series's 2009 season being held at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $10. For details, call 202-777-3254 or e-mail; to RSVP, visit Kelman is a finalist for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.


The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold several orientation sessions for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English: Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m., both at the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md. Once volunteers have completed the orientation, they can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules. The next planned workshops will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9 and 23, and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 20, both from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rockville Library. For details, call 301-610-0030, e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.orgor visit

The Literacy Volunteers of America, Prince William County chapter, will hold a two-part training session for volunteers interested in helping adults improve their reading and writing skills on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a follow-up on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge, Va. There is a one-time fee of $30 to cover the cost of textbooks and materials. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For details and to register, call 703-670-5702, e-mail or visit

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