Literary Calendar: March 16-22, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Noon. Associated Press reporter Jesse Holland discusses Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C. at a brown-bag lunch event at the American Institute of Architects, AIA board room, 1735 New York Ave. NW. A book signing follows; call 800-242-3837, #4 for details.

6:30 P.M. Professor and research fellow Nathaniel Frank discusses and signs Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America at Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-462-6969.

7 P.M. Journalist James Mann discusses and signs The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Adam Bradley discusses and signs Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990. He will also speak on Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Poet and scholar E. Ethelbert Miller, director of Howard University's African American Resource Center and author of the verse collection How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love and Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer, discusses and signs his new memoir, The 5th Inning, at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.

7:30 P.M. Claudia Emerson and Natasha Trethewey, both Pulitzer Prize-winning poets from the South and authors, most recently, of Figure Studies and Native Guard (respectively), read from their work as part of the Folger Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and book signing follow. Tickets are $12 each; call 202-544-7077 or visit RSVP.


Noon. Nobel Prize-winning scientist Eric Chivian, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and the author of Critical Condition: Human Health and the Environment, discusses and signs his most recent book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity (edited with Aaron Bernstein), at the World Bank, 1818 H St. NW. Call 202-458-9350 for details and to RSVP.

Noon. Bibi Gaston discusses and signs The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries, and Her Granddaughter's Search for Home, her memoir of her grandmother Rosamond Pinchot, the debutante-turned actress, as part of the "Books & Beyond" series at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5221.

6:30 P.M. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and the author of The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall, discusses his new book, The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing (written with Preston Keat), in an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. and being held at the Charles Sumner School and Museum (Great Hall), 1201 17th St. NW. A book signing follows. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for council members. Call 202-293-1051 or e-mail event@worldaffairsdc.orgto RSVP.

7 P.M. Neil Bascomb discusses and signs Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Elizabeth Brown Pryor presents a lecture on American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, drawn from her biography Clara Barton: Professional Angel, as part of the "Great Lives Lecture Series" at the University of Mary Washington, George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, Va., 540-654-1055.


Noon. Cliff Sloan, a former Supreme Court clerk and past publisher of Slate, joins David McKean, a Senate aide and political strategist, for a discussion and signing of their new book, The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court, at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000. They will also speak on Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

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