Washington Area Literary Calendar: April 20-27, 2009
6 P.M. Mo Willems, the Caldecott Honor-winning children's author and illustrator, reads from and discusses his new picture book, Watch Me Throw the Ball!. Borders Books & Music - Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-359-8420.
6:30 P.M. Kurt Yeager, a former president and CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute (a leading think tank for the industry), discusses and signs Perfect Power: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy (written with Robert Galvin and Jay Stoller), as part of the new "Relevant Writers" series. Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW. 202-223-3327.
7 P.M. Adina Hoffman, a Jerusalem-based writer, critic and founder of Ibis Editions, discusses and signs My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, her new biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
Noon. Poetry at Noon, the series presented by the Library of Congress's Office of Scholarly Programs and Poetry and Literature Center, presents "Shakespeare's Birthday," readings by classical Shakespearean actors as well as members of the audience, all in celebration of the Bard's 445th birthday. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE.
6 P.M. David Baldacci, reads from and signs his new thriller, First Family. This event will also support the Wish You Well Foundation (sponsoring literacy intiatives), founded by Baldacci and his wife, specifically the "Feeding Body & Mind" program, which distributes free books at foodbanks around the country; attendees are encouraged to bring along books to donate. Borders Books & Music, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999.
7 P.M. Michelle Goldberg, an investigative journalist, discusses and signs The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Moving Words 10th Anniversary Poetry Reading, will feature readings by winners of the 10th annual competition: Jenna Lawrence, Barbara Ann Porte, Katy Richey, Mark Tarallo, Joyce Madelon Winslow and Kathi Wolfe. Their short verse will be displayed on Metro buses throughout Northern Virginia over the next several months. A reception follows. the Dome, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-228-1854 or www.arlingtonarts.org.
7:30 P.M. Steven Watts, a professor of history at the University of Missouri, presents a lecture on entreprenuer Hugh Hefner, drawn from his recent biography Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream, as part of the "Great Lives Lecture Series.". University of Mary Washington, Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1055.
4:30 P.M. Mark Sagoff, a senior research scholar in the university's School of Public Policy, discusses the new edition of his book, The Economy of the Earth: Philosophy, Law, and the Environment, to wind up the 2008-09 season of the "Speaking of Books ... Conversations with Campus Authors" series. University of Maryland - College Park, McKeldin Library, Room 6137, Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane, College Park. 301-405-1000 or www.lib.umd.edu/mck/booktalks.
6:45 P.M. Winifred Gallagher, author of the new book Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, is joined by Richard Restak, a neuroscientist at the George Washington University Medical Center and author, most recently, of Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance, for a joint discussion, "Creating the Focused Life." Restak will lead with an illustrated discussion of what occurs in the brain when we focus, and Gallagher will offer insights based on her experience and research. A book signing follows. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-1000 or www.smithsonianassociates.org to RSVP. $20.
7 P.M. Donna Leon, reads from and signs About Face, her new Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
7 P.M. Quinn Bradlee, a local filmmaker and children's advocate, discusses and signs A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures, a memoir of his struggles with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.