Washington Area Literary Calendar: June 01-07, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009


6 P.M. David Vine, author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia, takes part in a panel discussion on AFRICOM and the history of U.S. military bases in Africa, following a screening of the John Pilger film "Stealing a Nation." This is part of the TransAfrica Forum's "Cabral/Truth Circle" program (a film screening coupled with a book discussion, held every other month). Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

7 P.M. Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter, reads from and signs his new novel, Into the Beautiful North. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


8 A.M. Daniel H. Pink, an expert on economic transformation, innovation and business strategy and the author, most recently, of The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need as well as the forthcoming Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, will interview Alan M. Webber, the cofounding editor of Fast Company magazine and author of the new book, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self. This breakfast event is being sponsored by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Tickets are $95 for non-board members, $75 for board members. That includes a copy of Webber's new book. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel - Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean. www.bot.org to RSVP.

Noon. Michael Sragow, the film critic for the Baltimore Sun, discusses and signs his new book, Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, as part of the "Books & Beyond" series presented by the Center for the Book. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221 or www.loc.gov.

6 P.M. Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of the business consulting firm Ferrazzi Greenlight, discusses his new book, Who's Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success┬┐and Won't Let You Fail, in a program sponsored by The Washington Post Subscriber Series and held at The Washington Post, auditorium, 1150 15th St. NW. General admission is $10; PostPoints members can enter free. To RSVP, visit www.boxofficetickets.com/washingtonpost.

7 P.M. Nicholas Schmidle, a freelance journalist and currently a fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses and signs To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. HacDC, a space for hackers located at 1525 Newton St. NW, is hosting a discussion with P.W. Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, on his new book, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. For details, e-mail Todd Fine at tdfine@gmail.com.


Noon. David O. Stewart, an attorney in Washington, D.C., discusses and signs Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5771 or www.loc.gov.

6:30 P.M. Michael Connelly, a former crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times and now a bestselling thriller writer, reads from and signs his newest book, The Scarecrow. This event is a fundraiser for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library; books will be available for sale on site. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. 202-662-7523 or opus@press.org to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Filmmaker and journalist Bob Coen and television producer and filmmaker Eric Nadler discuss and sign their new book, Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail. Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Jeffery Paine, author of Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West and Father India: Westerners Under the Spell of an Ancient Culture, discusses Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, the autobiography by religion professor Huston Smith, which Paine assisted in writing. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

7 P.M. Jessica Garratt, a poet and author of Fire Pond (winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry), joins fellow poet Lisa Russ Spaar, author of the collections Satin Cash and All That Mighty Heart: London Poems, for "Flirting with the Masters: Poets on Emily Dickinson," the club's literary series in which the writers reflect on Dickinson's legacy and read from their own work. A reception follows. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 703-994-3166 or www.artsclubofwashington.org.

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