Washington Area Literary Calendar: Aug. 31-Sept. 5

Sunday, August 30, 2009


6:30 P.M. Arturo Escobar, a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, discusses and signs Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes^ in an event co-sponsored by the TransAfrica Forum and the Network for Advocacy in Solidarity with Grassroots Afro-Colombian Communities (NASGACC) and hosted at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.


Noon. Johan Norberg discusses his new book, Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, in conversation with Anthony Sanders, a professor of real estate finance at George Mason University, and Bloomberg News reporter Dawn Kopecki at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-789-5229 or e-mail events@cato.org to RSVP.

7 P.M. Christopher Caldwell, a columnist for the Financial Times, discusses and signs Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080701406.html)


Noon. The United States Capitol Historical Society wraps up its "August Brown Bag Lecture Series" with a discussion with Deborah Hanson, a recent U.S. Capitol Historical Society fellow, on Allyn Cox and Jeffrey Greene: Muralists of the United States Capitol at the VFW Building, Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NE. Call 202-543-8919, ext. 38, or e-mail uschs@uschs.org to RSVP.


7 P.M. Jonathan Tropper reads from and signs his new novel, This Is Where I Leave You, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


4 P.M. Sarah McCoy, the family columnist for Your Health Monthly magazine, reads from and signs her new novel, The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico, at Borders Books-Baileys Crossroads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Baileys Crossroads, Va., 703-998-0404.


The Delmarva Review is in search of prose and poetry submissions for its third annual edition, focusing on "the best unpublished work" from authors in the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva areas and beyond. The Eastern Shore Writers' Association, the journal's publisher, will consider fiction up to 3,000 words in length, poetry up to 50 lines and creative nonfiction up to 1,500 words (color photography and artwork will also be considered for use as interior illustrations as well as the cover). For complete guidelines, visit their Website at www.delmarvareview.com. The submission period opens Sept. 1 and closes Dec. 31.

The Anthony Powell Society will hold its fifth biennial conference Sept. 10-12 at Georgetown University, with a focus, among other writings, on Powell's 12-volume novel, A Dance to the Music of Time. Novelists Alan Furst, Annabel Davis-Goff and Alison Lurie are among those scheduled to speak, along with a host of noted academics. A gala dinner the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10 opens the conference, which will also feature panel discussions, a dramatic reading of a play based on characters Powell created, a walking tour of Washington highlighting Powell-related themes and a look at the Anthony Powell holdings in Georgetown's Lauringer Library. For complete details and to register, call Jeff Manley at 301-229-8571.

Labor Day weekend brings with it the 29th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, being held Thursday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt St. (at the Inner Harbor) in Baltimore, Md. Among the more than 550 international dealers represented will be 70 focusing exclusively on antiquarian books (rare books, first editions, manuscripts, ephemera and author autographs) who are part of the concurrent 20th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair. The show's new public lecture series will include a talk by William Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum, on the Archimedes Codex. Hours for the show are Thursday, Sept. 3, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 on Thursday (valid for all show days) and $8 for the remaining three days; for complete details, call 561-822-5440 or visit www.baltimoresummerantiques.com.

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 Wednesday, Sept. 2, 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 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.

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 Charles County Literacy Council will hold volunteer tutor workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27, 28 and 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening (all three sessions are required). As space is limited, register online at www.charlescountyliteracy.org on the Events page; call program coordinator Marlene Cleaveland at 301-870-5974; or e-mail ccliteracy@ccboe.com. The training is free, though donations are accepted.

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