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Washington Area Literary Calendar: Oct. 12-18, 2009

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

12 MONDAY

6:30 P.M. Actor and director Mike Farrell, known for his role as B.J. Hunnicutt in the TV series "M*A*S*H" and his activism in the groups Artists United to Win Without War and Human Rights Watch, discusses "Of Mule and Man," a collection of his journal entries while on a national reading for his 2007 memoir, "Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist," at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638. He will also speak on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. A book signing follows; call 301-662-4190 or visit www.frederickartscouncil.org for details.

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7 P.M. Investigative journalist Ann Bardach discusses and signs her new book, "Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. She will also discuss the book, in conversation with Manuel Roig-Franzia of The Washington Post and Phillip Peters of the Lexington Institute, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, and again on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the New America Foundation, 1899 L. St. NW (Ste. 400). Call 202-596-3367 for details; visit www.newamerica.net to RSVP.

13 TUESDAY

Noon. James T. Bennett, a professor of economics at George Mason University, discusses his new book, "Not Invited to the Party: How the Demopublicans Have Rigged the System and Left Independents Out in the Cold," in conversation with Theresa Amato, author of "Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny," and Hans A. von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. A book signing follows; call 202-789-5229 or e-mail events@cato.org to RSVP.

4 P.M. Georgetown University history professor Nancy Bernkopf Tucker discusses her new book, "Strait Talk: United States-Taiwan Relations and the Crisis with China," at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Ronald Reagan Bldg.). E-mail coldwar@wilsoncenter.org for details and to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, director of Vanderbilt University's Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, joins contributors Keli Goff and Obrey M. Hendricks Jr. for a discussion of the new anthology "The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's 'A More Perfect Union'" at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

7 P.M. Washington Post staff writer Wil Haygood discusses and signs his new book, "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.

14 WEDNESDAY

4:30 P.M. Young adult writer Kristin Cashore reads from and discusses her new fantasy novel, "Fire: A Companion to Graceling," at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. (Read Book World's review in the Style section on Wednesday, Oct. 14.)

6 P.M. Book critic and writer George Scialaba discusses and signs "What Are Intellectuals Good For?" at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227.

6:30 P.M. Journalist Mark Danner, a former staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, discusses and signs his new book, "Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War," at Busboys and Poets, 202-387-7638.

6:45 P.M. Leonard Todd discusses his 2008 book "Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave," a profile of the slave (later a free man) whose utilitarian pots bore rhymes and script, as part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program at the African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW. A book signing follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

7 P.M. Journalist Alex Storozynski discusses "The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution," his biography of the Polish military strategist, engineer and political activist, in an event being held at the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Visit www.societyofthecincinnati.org for details.

7 P.M. Former U.S. senator Max Cleland discusses and signs his new memoir, "Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove" (written with Ben Raines), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.


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