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Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Bard discusses current events in the Middle East as they relate to his new tome, Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam's War Against the Jews.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Acclaimed Irish author Donal Ryan reads from his latest novel, The Thing About December.
Busboys & Poets 5th and K -
1025 5th St. NW
Free
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Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Schmidt, the CEO of Google, and Rosenberg, his advisor, give readers an inside look at the company in How Google Works.
$17–$40
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Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Former Newsweek reporter Darman discusses the work of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan in Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Washington Post reporter Castaneda reads from S Street Rising, his story of the D.C. crack epidemic and his role within it as a drug addict.
Free
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Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
Mischel explains the keys to self-control in The Marshmallow Test. He discusses the book with David Brooks of the New York Times.
$12–$35
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Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
Learn the history of one of the greatest traitors to infiltrate the American intelligence system from former CIA agent Mark A. Bradley in his new book, A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Thursday, October 2 at 12 p.m.
Poets Jennifer Michael Hecht and Peter Streckfus read from the work of Wallace Stevens at this celebration of his birth.
Free
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Thursday, October 2 at 6:45 p.m.
Abbot chronicles the life of four undercover women and their roles in the Civil War in
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
.
S. Dillon Ripley Center -
1100 Jefferson Dr. SW
$20–$25
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Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
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Thursday, October 2 at 12 p.m.
Poets Jennifer Michael Hecht and Peter Streckfus read from the work of Wallace Stevens to celebrate Stevens' birthday.
Free
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Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
The Betrayers
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Me & Dog
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Friday, October 3 at 12 p.m.
You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, October 4 at 1 p.m.
Mystery author and former White House correspondent DeDakis reads from his latest novel, Troubled Water.
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
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Saturday, October 4 at 5 p.m.
Authors Richmond and Talley read from their new young adult books at this celebration and discussion.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.
Mockingbird, The Badger Knight
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Sunday, October 5 at 5 p.m.
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Sunday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
A Cup of Water Under My Bed
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The theme of the 26th Annual PEN/Faulkner Gala is “Danger.” Ten authors read short works they've written for the gala. Readers include David Baldacci, Ishmael Beah, Madison Smartt Bell, Elliott Holt, Mitchell Jackson, Piper Kerman, Rachel Pastan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Adelle Waldman, and Isabel Wilkerson. Calvin Trillin serves as master of ceremonies.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$500
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Monday, October 6 at 7 p.m.
Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m.
The Office, The Book With No Pictures
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, October 6 at 9 a.m.
Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana
The Brookings Institution -
1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Free
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Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
Garcia reads from Unmarked, the sequel to her New York Times bestseller Unbreakable.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
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Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Former poet laureate Pinsky reads from his new, bilingual poetry collection Ginza Samba: Selected Poems and discusses their transition into Spanish with translator Luis Alberto Ambroggio.
Free
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Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m.
Foer, editor of The New Republic; publisher Chris Hughes; and the magazine’s former editor Michael Kinsley, celebrate the publication's centennial with a discussion of the anthology Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America.
$10–$18
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Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
Hiaasen returns with Skink—No Surrender, another mystery starring Wild Skink, the one-eyed ex-governor who has appeared in six previous novels.
Bethesda Library -
7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda
Free
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Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character
Free
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Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
The Moor's Account
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Historian Larson reads from his new book he Return of George Washington, 1783-1789.
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
The doctor and author discusses his latest book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
$12–$35
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Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m.
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents
Barnes & Noble Downtown -
555 12th St. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m.
Agam
Busboys & Poets 5th and K -
1025 5th St. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
Tenley-Friendship Library -
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution, American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Men We Reaped
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, October 8 at 12 p.m.
Andreas Dombret, member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, leads a presentation.
The Brookings Institution -
1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
Journalist Matt Bai chronicles the downfall of Sen. Gary Hart in All the Truth Is Out: Gary Hart and the Week Tabloid Politics Took Over.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, October 13 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed young adult author reads from his new activist thriller The Doubt Factory, which explores how information can be distorted for monetary gain.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Monday, October 13 at 11 a.m.
Patel reads from Princess Avni Gets her Beauty Sleep, her latest story about the little Indian princess who's loved for her inner and outer beauty.
Barnes & Noble Clarendon -
2800 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 500, Arlington
Free
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Monday, October 13 at 7 p.m.
The creator of All in the Family and The Jeffersons discusses his memoir, Even This I Get to Experience.
$17–$30
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Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The prolific author discusses her latest book, Leaving Time, which tells the story of a young woman who tries to unravel the mysterious death of her mother, a prominent elephant researcher.
$27–$30
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Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Martin, the acclaimed author of The Baby-Sitters Club books, shares from her new series, The Doll People.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, October 16 at 8 p.m.
The noted activist and author discusses his new book, a collection of entries on African-American leaders including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett called Black Prophetic Fire.
Busboys & Poets 5th and K -
1025 5th St. NW
Free
Comedy
Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.
Music Center at Strathmore -
5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda
$48–$68
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Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The author provides advice to ladies in need in her latest book, The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Life Strategies You Need to Navigate Today's Challenges.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
Books
Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Author Ann Beattie moderates this discussion between Virginia Quarterly Review contributors and emerging literary talents Tope Folarin, Onyinhe Ihezukwu, Greg Jackson, and Brendan McKennedy.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation -
212 East Capitol St.
$15
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Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m.
Children's author Greenwald reads and signs copies of his latest book, Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Oct. 19—Oct. 29
Acclaimed authors including Meg Wolitzer, Gary Shteyngart, and Geraldine Brooks appear at this annual festival that celebrates Jewish literary culture.
$10–$50
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Monday, October 20 at 3 p.m.
Willens chronicles her experience as a Russian Jew living in communist China following the Second World War in Stateless in Shanghai.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Monday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Poets Matthea Harvey, Claudia Rankine, and Vijay Seshadri speak about the impact of independent publisher Graywolf Press on their careers at this anniversary celebration. Stephen Burt moderates the discussion.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation -
212 East Capitol St.
$15
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Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy shares his thoughts about another president in Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon. Stone also reads Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Downtown, 555 12th St. NW and Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner, 7851 L Tysons Corner Center, McLean.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed novelist and essayist shares experiences from her life as a writer at this event presented as part of the "Arlington Reads" program.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
The author of War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love discusses her work with The Atlantic's James Fallows.
$12–$26
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Sunday, October 26 at 6 p.m.
The acclaimed chef discusses the recipes in his latest cookbook, America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers.
$42
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Monday, October 27 at 7 p.m.
Baer reads and signs copies of his latest book, The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins.
$14–$28
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Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.
Acclaimed children's book author Medina reads from her books at this celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrated journalist Frankel reads from her new book that celebrates man's best friend, War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love.
National Press Club -
529 14th St. NW
$10–$26
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Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Biographer Valerie Ogden reads from her recent book Bluebeard: Brave Warrior, Brutal Psychopath and discusses this 15th century serial killer with readers.
Alliance Française de Washington -
2142 Wyoming Ave. NW
$10–$25
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Thursday, October 30 at 4 p.m.
Chinese-American author and MacArthur fellow Li reads from her work and discusses the state of Asian-American literature.
Free
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Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m.
The mother-daughter writing team share their latest teen novel, Little Dead Riding Hood.
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
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Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
Poet August Kleinzahler discusses his work with Ron Charles of the Washington Post.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital -
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Free
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Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
The food blogger discusses her cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving, with Bonnie Benwick of the Washington Post.
$12–$35
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Monday, November 10 at 7 p.m.
The author and illustrator of tales like Jumanji and The Polar Express reads from his new book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Tuesday, November 11 at 12 p.m.
The former Speaker of the House and his wife discuss their latest books on Veteran's Day: She reads From Sea to Shining Sea and he discusses Breakout.
Barnes & Noble Fairfax -
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax
Free
Books
Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Senator McCain spends Veterans Day sharing memories from his new book, Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War.
National Press Club -
529 14th St. NW
$10–$28
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Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
TV host Chris Matthews chronicles his time spent working under Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill in Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.
Baird Auditorium at National Museum of Natural History -
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
$30–$42
Books
Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
Bonner, a Buddhist thinker, encourages others to positively engage with the world in Inspiring Generosity.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed chef of several New York restaurants discusses his latest cookbook, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home.
$40–$50
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Nov. 14—Nov. 16
This year's fair focuses on prints and printmakers from around the nation. Featured exhibitors include Baltimore's Pellinore Press and Chinese artist Leilei Guo.
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center -
8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring
$10–$40
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Monday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize winners Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh read at this celebration.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Monday, November 17 at 12 p.m.
Burns and Ward discuss The Roosevelts, a new film due to premiere on PBS this fall, and sign copies of the tie-in book.
The Willard InterContinental Hotel -
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
$50–$100
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Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
Baldacci reads from and signs copies of his latest thriller, The Escape, which features Army special agent John Puller.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
Books
Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m.
Acclaimed baker and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan shares new recipes in Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Monday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Okey Ndibe, Chinelo Okparanta, Taiye Selasi, all writers of West African heritage, discuss their work and how their culture influences it at this reading sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
Reporter Wildman shares her journey across the world to seek out her grandfather's lost love in Paper Love.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Jones, Moore, and Wolff, all previous winners of the PEN/Malamud award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story, discuss the legacy of Bernard Malamud, the prolific author from which the award takes its name.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$25
Books
Monday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Physician and poet Campo reads his poems at this annual celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
The author discusses his book Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film.
$15–$32

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