Author Archive for Amy Cavanaugh

Poets Tom Healy and Gabrielle Calvocoressi Read Tonight

Poets Tom Healy and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, both just named finalists for this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, read tonight at the Arts Club of Washington.
Healy was nominated for What the Right Hand Knows, his first book of poems. He’s an active figure in the New York arts scene (he opened one of [...]

John Banville Reads Tonight at Politics and Prose

John Banville, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 with The Sea, released his new novel, The Infinities, on Tuesday. Narrated mostly by Greek god Hermes, The Infinities is a comedy about the imminent death of mathematician Adam Godley and what happens when his family gathers around him. The gods are meddlesome, injecting themselves [...]

Head of F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference to Step Down

How many people know that F. Scott Fitzgerald is buried in our backyard? Colonel John Moser does! The head of Rockville’s annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Moser—who has helmed the organization for the past 15 years—announced that this would be his last year running the conference, which is held in October.
Originally from Rochester, Moser [...]

Pulitzer-Winning Poet Charles Wright Reads Tonight

A reverence for the earth and impressive use of language characterize the Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wright’s 17th collection of poetry, Scar Tissue (2007). Wright’s reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library was organized by Folger Poetry, andpoet Bob Hicok, an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, will lead Wright in a conversation about his [...]

Tonight in Poetry: Jill McDonough and Atsuro Riley at Library of Congress

Poets Jill McDonough and Atsuro Riley, winners of the 2010 Witter Bynner fellowships, will read from their work tonight at the Library of Congress. The Fellowship recipients were selected by Poet Laureate Kay Ryan (right), who will introduce them.
McDonough, who is from Boston, is the author of Habeas Corpus, a 2008 collection of 50 sonnets. [...]

Extending the Book: The Art of Extra-Illustration Opens at the Folger Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library opened a new exhibit this week, Extending the Book: The Art of Extra-Illustration, which explores “extra-illustration,” the practice of annotating a text with pictures of people and places who appear in the work.
The art form was especially popular in the 18th century, most notably in editions of Shakespeare’s plays, since there [...]

Tonight: Myla Goldberg Speaks at the JCC

Author Myla Goldberg (most recently of Wickett's Remedy) speaks tonight at the Jewish Community Center about her writing process, the inspiration behind her stories, and what it takes to put a novel together. Goldberg is best known for her terrific 2001 debut, Bee Season, in which a 9-year-old girl’s family falls apart after she wins [...]

Jeannette Walls Reads from New Work Tonight

Writer and journalist Jeannette Walls will be at Borders Baileys Crossroads tonight to read from and sign her book, Half-Broke Horses: A True Life Novel, which was released in October. Walls, whose best-selling memoir The Glass Castle came out in 2005, has now written a lightly fictionalized book about her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith.
Smith is [...]

Tomorrow: Author Readings by Fforde, Kostova & Others

Politics and Prose has a great lineup of author events tomorrow. Kicking things off at 1 p.m. is Judith Martin—Miss Manners—who will discuss weddings in order to plug Miss Manners' Guide To A Surprisingly Dignified Wedding.
Jasper Fforde is there at 3:30 to discuss his new novel, Shades Of Grey. The author of the Thursday Next [...]

Tonight: A Celebration of Local Poetry at the Folger

Tonight, Folger Poetry celebrates the 120th anniversary of literary journal Poet Lore and Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s 10 years as an online journal with readings by Kim Addonizio (right) and Kyle Dargan, two poets who have been published in their pages.
Addonizio is based in Oakland, Calif., but grew up in Silver Spring, the daughter of Bob [...]