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Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
The poets discuss their new work; Ali reads from Trouble Sleeping and Dargan reads from Honest Engine.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
Books
Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m.
The authors investigate the roles of African Americans in the early days of NASA in We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans In the Space Program.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
The author won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which tells the story of Australian soldiers who were captured by the Japanese during World War II and forced to build the Thai-Burma Death Bridge.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m.
In The Chapel, Downing tells the story of Elizabeth, a widower who travels to Italy and resists its charms until she encounters a stranger who helps change her priorities.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m.
The author and poet, known for her poem "Praise Song for the Day," which she read at President Obama's first inauguration, reads from The Light of the World, her new memoir about the sudden death of her husband and her new life as a single mother.
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
10 female authors read from their favorite pieces of crime fiction at this celebration of the noir genre.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Tolan reads from Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, the story of a Palestinian musician who made a career as a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan orchestra and later returned to Palestine to open a music school.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The author investigates the origins of DNA in The Least Likely Man: Marshall Nirenberg and the Discovery of the Genetic Code.
Busboys and Poets Brookland -
625 Monroe St. NE
Free
Books
Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Berry and DeJesus, who escaped after being kidnapped for more than 10 years, share their story of survival with Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan in the memoir Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland.
Free
Books
Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The author discusses his latest novel, The Dig, with critic John Wilwol.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
The actress and activist reads from her new book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves.
$17–$38
Books
Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Authors who have published work with the local publishing company read from their short stories and novels at this annual showcase.
Busboys and Poets Brookland -
625 Monroe St. NE
Free
Books
Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Tennesen postulates about what the Earth could look like after its next extinction event in The Next Species.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
The author sets his first novel, The Sympathizer, in the last days before the collapse of Saigon and follows a group of upper-class Vietnamese refugees as they begin new lives in the U.S.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Historian Davis discusses and reads from his new work, The Hidden History of America at War.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
The author explores the reasons behind internment camps in his new chronicle Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Visiting poet Hoffman and former Northern Virginia Community College professor Herrington read from their recent work at this gathering.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free

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