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Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
Pekkanen's latest novel, Things You Won't Say, examines what happens to a family and a marriage following a tragic shooting.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
When a young woman's body is discovered in a lake, her family must patch together a story. Ng's debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, shows how their seemingly close relationship winds up unraveling due to stress and secrets.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
The author of Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor reads from his fist collection of short stories, Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread.
Free
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Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m.
The author concludes her All Souls Trilogy with The Book of Life, in which a married witch and vampire must figure out how to raise their hybrid twins.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, May 30 at 3:30 p.m.
The author relies on her experience as an educator and ethicist to explain our moral obligation to the 2.6 million returning home in her latest book, Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m.
The former Foreign Service officer reads from his latest novel, Secrets of State, which focuses on the nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The author reads from Broadcast Hysteria, a retelling of the H.G. Wells' classing The War of the Worlds and the impact it had on listeners.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
A soldier and a poet collaborated to write War of the Encyclopaedists, a novel about two young men from Seattle who choose very different paths in life.
Busboys and Poets Takoma -
234 Carroll St. NW
Free
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Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
Petri, a columnist and blogger for the Washington Post's opinion section, reads from her first collection of essays, A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, and discusses her work with the Post's Alyssa Rosenberg.
$12–$25
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Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn about the criminals who've faked versions of art's greatest masterpieces and how they got away with it when Charney reads from his latest book, The Art of Forgery.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
The author of everyone's favorite guide to adolescence returns with a new book for adults, In the Unlikely Event. Blume discusses her work with NPR's Linda Holmes.
$35–$45
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Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
The author and historian offers yet another perspective on the career of the 40th president in Reagan: The Life.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
The author reads from her latest Gods of Gotham novel, The Fatal Flame, which focuses on an arsonist who begins threatening a Tammany Hall alderman and the fallout of his actions.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The author, who has extensive experience in psychoanalysis, reads from her latest novel, Dreaming for Freud.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Sunday, June 7 at 12 p.m.
The congressman and activist reads from March: Book 2, the second volume in his graphic novel series about the civil rights movement.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Bird examines the career and accomplishments of CIA agent Robert Ames in The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn about all the films that have made their impact on the District at this release celebration for this new book.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
In her novel Saint Mazie, the author chronicles the downfall of the Bowery during the Great Depression.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m.
The prolific novelist reads from the fourth novel in her Anna Curtis series, A Good Killing.
Barnes & Noble Fairfax -
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax
Free
Books
Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The French-born Buddhist monk advocates for selflessness in Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.
$15–$38
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Saturday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
Doten's darkly comic novel The Infernal follows a severely burned boy and how various figures respond to him in the context of the Iraq War.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m.
IOTA Club & Café -
2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Free
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Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
The local blogger, author, and positivity expert reads from her new book, The Positively Present Guide to Life.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
Poet Tavel reads from his award-winning collection, Plash & Levitation. Williams, a former member of the U.S. Army, discusses her memoir, Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
The author reads from his new novel about life in early 20th century America, Bright Morning.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Luzzi explains how the words of an old poet helped him throughout life in In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, June 17 at 12 p.m.
The author writes about the impact the Marquis de Lafayette in The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered.
Free
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Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The author explains why we're hurting ourselves by eating grain in Grain of Truth: The Real Case For and Against Wheat and Gluten.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
The author reads from the third book in his Culper Ring series, The President's Shadow.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
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Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed feminist author and activist reads from her new novel, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The author looks at the lives of three South Africans in The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa.
Busboys and Poets Takoma -
234 Carroll St. NW
Free
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Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
The author considers the career of Georgetown University basketball star Allen Iverson in Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The author and scholar reads from Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The author of the novel Even in Darkness discusses the impact of the Holocaust on second and third generation survivors at this lecture.
$10–$12
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Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
In The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, journalist Gessen looks into the past actions of Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Busboys and Poets Brookland -
625 Monroe St. NE
Free
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Wednesday, July 1 at 7 p.m.
Tucker, a Washington Post reporter, reads from his new novel, Murder, D.C..
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m.
Local author Coll reads from her latest novel, The Stager. Pollack, a poet who writes both short and narrative poems, reads from A Poverty of Words.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m.
Le Doux explains how the brain processes feelings of anxiety and nervousness in Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m.
The short story authors read from their latest collections, Viral and The Wonder Garden.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Sunday, July 19 at 1 p.m.
The author considers how the decision in Roe v. Wade has changed the way we discuss abortion in After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Tuesday, July 21 at 12 p.m.
Morris examines the impact of journalist Ethel L. Payne's career in the biography Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press.
Free
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Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m.
The author of Wicked Georgetown and Wild Women of Washington, D.C. discusses some of the city's most notorious characters and signs copies of her books. She also reads on July 23 at 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Library.
West End Library -
1101 24th St. NW
Free
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Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m.
The author and storyteller brings his comedic tales of growing up gay in North Carolina to Wolf Trap.
Wolf Trap Filene Center -
1551 Trap Road, Vienna
$25–$45
Books
Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, August 16 at 2 p.m.
Hoffman, a nonfiction writer, reads from his memoir, Love & Fury. Rihani reads from Cultures Without Borders.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m.
Greene, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, reads from his latest book, Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m.
More than 100 authors come together to read and sign copies of their books at the 15th annual festival celebrating all things literary.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center -
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Free

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