Washington Area Literary Calendar: August 10-15

Sunday, August 9, 2009


6:30 P.M. R. Dwayne Betts, a local poet and founder of YoungMenRead, a book group for at-risk youth, discusses and signs A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638. He will also speak on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at Borders Books-Largo, 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173. (Read The Washington Post's profile of Betts published on Oct. 10, 2006.)

7 P.M. Helene Cooper, a diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times, discusses and signs The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood (recently published in paperback) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.


7 P.M. Anthony Flint, a former reporter for the Boston Globe and currently director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, discusses and signs Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review on Sunday, Aug. 16.)


Noon. David Palmer, an English-born writer who became a civil rights activist in the 1960s upon moving to Washington, D.C., discusses and signs Memoirs of David Palmer as part of the United States Capitol Historical Society's "August Brown Bag Lecture Series" at the VFW Building, Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NE. Seating is limited, so call 202-543-8919, ext. 38, or e-mail uschs@uschs.org to RSVP.

Noon. Local attorney Joel R. Davidson discusses and signs Armchair Warriors: Private Citizens, Public Press, and the Rise of American Power at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. Marc Wortman discusses and signs The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 301-986-1761.

7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo reads from and signs his new novel, That Old Cape Magic, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review^ *http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/04/AR2009080402827.html published on Aug. 5.)

7:30 P.M. Sci-fi authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson read from and sign their newest collaboration, The Winds of Dune (their sequel to Dune Messiah), at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404. They will also read on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.


4 P.M. Howard Dean, a former presidential candidate, six-term governor of Vermont and a prior chairman of the Democratic National Committee, discusses and signs Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

6:30 P.M. James Gavin discusses and signs Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.

7:30 P.M. Ruth Baja Williams discusses and signs Detour Berlin, a memoir of her life in the divided city during the Cold War, at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va., 703-838-4566.

7:30 P.M. Linwood Barclay, a Toronto Star columnist, reads from and signs his new thriller, Fear the Worst, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, 703-998-0404.

7:30 P.M. Marcia Talley reads from and signs her new Hannah Ives mystery, Without a Grave, at Barnes & Noble-Annapolis Harbour Center, 2516 Solomon's Island Rd., Annapolis, Md., 410-573-1115.


1 P.M. Richmond resident and teacher Chris Carlton Brown reads from and signs his new young adult novel, Hoppergrass, at Barnes & Noble-Market Commons, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-248-8244.


The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an orientation session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write and speak English on Tuesday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m., 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 workshop will be on Saturday, Sept. 12 and 26, from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Rockville Library. For complete details, call 301-610-0030, e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.org or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold a basic literacy training workshop for volunteers over three consecutive Saturdays (all sessions are required): Oct. 17, 24 and 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. Also offered is an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor training program, to support volunteers in helping adults understand, speak, read and write English. The next training session begins Saturday, Sept. 12, and continues on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Like the basic literacy training, all sessions are required. For details, call 703-237-0866, ext. 111 or visit www.lcnv.org.

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, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a follow up on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge, Va. There is a one-time fee of $35 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 lvapw@aol.com or visit www.lvapw.org.

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