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Washington Area Literary Calendar: Dec. 6-13, 2009

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

7 MONDAY

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Noon. Robert C. Knudsen discusses his new book, "A Living Treasure: Seasonal Photographs of Arlington National Cemetery," as part of the "Authors on Deck" series at the United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A Q&A and book signing follow; visit http://www.navymemorial.orgfor details.

6 P.M. Children's author Jane O'Connor reads from and discusses her new picture book, "Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas" (illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser) at Borders Books-Fairfax, 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va., 703-359-8420. She will also read on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m. at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

6 P.M. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will sign copies of the new DVD "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the recent PBS broadcast, at Barnes & Noble-Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176. He is also the author (with Dayton Duncan) of an illustrated companion book of the same title.

6:30 P.M. Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn (star of the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia" and part of the ensemble in the film "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") reads from and discusses her new book of verse, "Bang Ditto," at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.

8 TUESDAY

5:30 P.M. Kevin Wayne Johnson discusses and signs the books in his "Give God the Glory!" series, including "Let Your Light So Shine" and "The Godly Family Life," at Borders Books-Largo, 913-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo, Md., 301-499-2173. He will also be signing on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble-Towson, 1 East Joppa Rd., Towson, Md., 410-296-7021.

7 P.M. Roger G. Kennedy, a former director of the National Park Service and director emeritus of the National Museum of American History, presents an illustrated discussion of his new book, "When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy," at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Also taking part in the discussion will be David Larkin, the book's editor and designer, all moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Nick Kotz. A book signing follows; for details, call 202-357-5000.

7 P.M. CBS News journalist Kimberly Dozier discusses her memoir "Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report--and Survive--the War in Iraq" (Dozier suffered critical injuries from a roadside bomb), at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va., 703-228-5990.

7:30 P.M. Ann F. Purcell discusses and signs "The Photographer's Guide to Washington, D.C.: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them" (written with Lee Foster) at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va., 703-838-4566 or http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

9 WEDNESDAY

Noon. Peter Carlson, a former features writer for The Washington Post (author of the column "The Magazine Reader" in Style), discusses and signs his book "K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist" at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 202-357-5000.

6:30 P.M. Terry Teachout, the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal and the chief culture critic for the journal Commentary, discusses and signs "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong" at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., 410-396-9454.

10 THURSDAY

12:30 P.M. Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state in the Clinton administration, discusses and signs "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box" at Borders Books-Downtown, 18th & L Sts. NW, 202-466-4999.


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