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Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
The Betrayers
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Thursday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Me & Dog
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.
Mockingbird, The Badger Knight
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Sunday, October 5 at 5 p.m.
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
A Cup of Water Under My Bed
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Monday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m.
The Office, The Book With No Pictures
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character
Free
Books
Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
The Moor's Account
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Historian Larson reads from his new book he Return of George Washington, 1783-1789.
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m.
Agam
Busboys & Poets 5th and K -
1025 5th St. NW
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Men We Reaped
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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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