Washington Area Literary Calendar: April, 13-19, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009


3 P.M. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan activist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, discusses her new book, The Challenge for Africa, at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP at ecsp@wilsoncenter.org, 202-312-1300 or www.wilsoncenter.org. Admission, free.

7 P.M. Susan Jane Gilman discusses and signs her new memoir, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


6 P.M. Thomas Glave reads from and signs his new collection of short stories, The Torturer's Wife. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

6:30 P.M. Jason Socrates Bardi, a science writer for the National Institutes of Health and author of The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time, discusses and signs his newest book, The Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling A Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe. This event is part of the store's new "Relevant Writers" series. Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW. 202-223-3327.

7 P.M. James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, presents "O Moody, Tearful Night!: The Lincoln Assassination in Memory and Myth," a dramatic retelling of the events of 144 years ago today. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386 or www.newseum.org to RSVP. $25.

7 P.M. Janet Morgan Stoeke, a local children's author and illustrator, reads from and discusses her picture book Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs. Barnes & Noble, 7851 Tysons Corner Ctr., McLean, Va. 703-506-2937.


Noon. Paul Dickson discusses and signs the third edition of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary: The Revised, Expanded, and Now Definitive Work on the Language of Baseball as part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221.

Noon. James Tooley discusses his new book, The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves, in conversation with Reshma Lohia, who administers a private school (Lohia's Little Angels) in India, and Andrew J. Coulson, the director of the Center for Educational Freedom (Cato Institute), at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A luncheon and book signing follow. RSVP by noon on Monday, April 14, at events@cato.org, www.cato.org or 202-789-5229.

2 P.M. Anthony S. Pitch, a local historian and writer, discusses and signs his most recent book, "They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance. The event is free, but a valid photo ID will be needed to enter. U.S. Department of Interior, Sidney R. Yates Auditorium, 1849 C St. NW. 202-208-3796 or www.doi.gov/interiormuseum.

7 P.M. Laura Lippman reads from and signs her new stand-alone thriller, Life Sentences. White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 240-773-9555.

7 P.M. Adrian Wooldridge, Washington bureau chief for the news weekly magazine the Economist, discusses and signs God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World (written with John Micklethwait). Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Aram Roston, a journalist based in D.C., discusses and signs The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi (recently published in paperback) at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545. A book signing will follow at 8:30 p.m. across the street at Busboys and Poets (Shirlington), 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va., 703-379-9756.

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