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Sunday, September 14 at 10 a.m.
Former Washington Post reporter Castaneda reads from S Street Rising, his story of the D.C. crack epidemic and his role within it.
Big Bear Cafe -
1700 1st St. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 14 at 11:30 a.m.
The pastor of National Community Church shares lessons from his new book The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible.
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
Books
Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m.
D.C.-based poetry organization presents this reading by Native American Linda Hogan as part of the Fall for the Book Festival.
Busboys & Poets 5th and K -
1025 5th St. NW
$5
Books
Sunday, September 14 at 11 a.m.
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor reads from her new memoir, My Beloved World, at this exclusive reading presented by Politics & Prose.
The Willard InterContinental Hotel -
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Books
Sunday, September 14 at 1 p.m.
The acclaimed author discusses humans' impact on the earth in The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m.
Graphic novelists Farel Dalrymple, Gareth Hinds, and Jim Rugg discuss their work at a panel moderated by Publisher's Weekly comics editor Heidi Macdonald.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sept. 11—Sept. 18
Dozens of authors from around the nation speak and sign copies of their books at this annual festival sponsored and hosted by George Mason University.
George Mason University -
4400 University Drive, Fairfax
Free
Books
Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
In Neverhome, Hunt tells the story of a woman who abandons her family to fight for the Union Army in the Civil War.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
Books
Monday, September 15 at 9 p.m.
Acclaimed poet Matam celebrates the release of his new book, The Heart of a Comet, at this reading, book signing, and dinner party.
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
$5
Books
Monday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Readers mark the 125th anniversary of Poet Lore, America's oldest poetry magazine, with this celebration featuring appearances by Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan, and Traci Brimhall.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
Books
Monday, September 15 at 12 p.m.
Historian Todd Brewster chronicles the six tumultuous months during which President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in Lincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War. He also reads Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, September 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Married authors and illustrators Telgemeier and Roman discuss and sign copies of their recent works.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
Local authors Gourgey, Duffy, Rains, and Jacobson discuss writing in the D.C. area and read from their novels.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, September 15 at 12 p.m.
So We Read On: How, Came to Be and Why It Endures
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 16 at 4 p.m.
National Book Award winner Erskine leads this writing workshop for young people, followed by a question and answer session.
Georgetown Library -
3260 R St. NW
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Activist and author Alexis DeVeaux reads excerpts from her new novel, Yabo, along with guests E. Ethelbert Miller, Venus Thrash, and Michelle Sewell.
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.
Co-authors Johnson and Wallace discuss and sign copies of their new book, We Are Not the Enemy: Restoring Honor to U.S. Civil Service.
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Illustrator Davis reads and signs copies of her latest book, How to Be Happy.
Takoma Park Public Library -
101 Philadelphia Avenue, Takoma Park
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.
Acclaimed novelist and essayist Antrim shares stories from his collection The Emerald Light in the Air.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Szybist, who won the 2013 National Book Award for poetry, discusses her work and career with Ron Charles, fiction editor at the Washington Post.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital -
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45 p.m.
University of Maryland German professor Julie Koser discusses the impact of the Orient in the works of 18th century novelist Benedikte Naubert at this lecture.
Free
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Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Acclaimed poet Szybist discusses her work and career with Ron Charles of The Washington Post.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital -
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
In Arlington County Chronicles, local writer Charlie Clark explains Arlington's role in American history, highlighting events as diverse as the county's refusal to secede from the Union during the Civil War and its role as Jim Morrison's hometown.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Mitchell, the acclaimed author of Cloud Atlas, discusses his latest spellbinding story, The Bone Clocks.
$35
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m.
The authors discuss their latest historical picture, The Mayflower.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 6 p.m.
The acclaimed author of historical fiction discusses her work at this intimate happy hour sponsored by Politics & Prose.
The Willard InterContinental Hotel -
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
$50–$55
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
U.S. Army veteran Pitre shares stories of his deployment and discusses his Iraq-set debut novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45 p.m.
Historical novelist and storyteller Ken Follett discusses his career and his latest work, Edge of Eternity, which completes his Century Trilogy.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden -
7th Street and Independence Avenue SW
Books
Wednesday, September 17 at 12 p.m.
"The World of Persian Literary Humanism: Spreading Culture Through Books" is the name of the talk from Columbia University's Hamid Dabashi.
Free
Books
Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Cambridge economist Chang explains his field to new audiences with his recent book, Economics: The User’s Guide.
Busboys & Poets 5th and K -
1025 5th St. NW
Free
Books
Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
The author discusses his book Lorton Legends, based on stories from the now-shuttered Lorton Correctional Complex in Virginia.
Rosedale Library -
1701 Gales St. NE
Free
Books
Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
Indian-American author Ahmad reads from The Last Taxi Ride, while Delhi-born, Virginia-based author Bhide discusses her short story contained in the collection Singapore Noir.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
Prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates discusses her latest story collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep, with local author and Washington City Paper contributor Louis Bayard.
Free
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Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
Brooks conjures the Old West in his new novel, Painted Horses.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Thursday, September 18 at 12 p.m.
America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
Books
Friday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m.
The celebrated author and illustrator discusses her latest picture book, The Farmer and the Clown.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m.
Author and activist Klein reads from her newest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate .
$12–$40
Books
Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m.
Waters discusses her new novel, The Paying Guests, with fellow writer Sarah Blake.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 20 at 11 a.m.
Authors McCutheon and Mark discuss the latest political jargon in Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes. The pair also appears Sept. 13 at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Barnes & Noble Clarendon -
2800 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 500, Arlington
Free
Books
Saturday, September 20 at 1 p.m.
Martin profiles the regulars at New York's Pfaff's Saloon, including Walt Whitman and Edwin Booth, in
Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians
.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Comer describes her husband's descent into Alzheimer's Disease in Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 20 at 6 p.m.
The celebrated journalist chronicles her marriage to longtime New York district attorney Robert Morgenthau in Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m.
Former CNN journalist Whitaker profiles comedian Bill Cosby in his new biography, Cosby: His Life and Times.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
Former Washington Post reporter Castaneda reads from S Street Rising, his story of the D.C. crack epidemic and his role within it.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 21 at 5 p.m.
Authors Sisson and Hartmann discuss and sign copies of their latest historical chronicle, The American Revolution of 1800: How Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction—and What This Means Today.
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 21 at 1 p.m.
Journalist Whittle discusses the impact of drones in Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 21 at 5 p.m.
In Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul, White chronicles the city's development under Ataturk's government.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
Acclaimed young adult author Rowell discusses her latest novel, Landline, which tells the story of a woman who finds her marriage in crisis and how she decides to fix it.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
Books
Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
Romance author Marr reads and signs copies of her latest work, The Beautiful Ashes.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
Books
Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Local science fiction artist Bill Gourgey reads and signs copies of his new novel, Glide.
Free
Books
Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
OKCupid co-founder Rudder explains how data can help us understand human nature in his new book, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking).
$14–$28
Books
Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
The director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center reads and sings copies of his new book, The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Film
Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m.
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 23 at 12 p.m.
Celebrated journalist James Conaway reads and signs copies of his new book The Forgotten Fifties: Americas Decade from the Archives of LOOK Magazine.
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Whiston-Donaldson reads from Rare Bird, her new memoir about losing her son and finding the strength to keep going.
Patrick Henry Library -
101 Maple Ave., East Vienna
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m.
Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, uses his plentiful experience to explain how to create a new company in Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.
$15–$40
Books
Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m.
Landis reads from and discusses her novel Rainey Royal, which is told in 14 different narratives.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Tuesday, September 23 at 6:45 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson historian Looney discusses the letters of the third president at this discussion and signing.
S. Dillon Ripley Center -
1100 Jefferson Dr. SW
$30–$42
Books
Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Author and civil rights organizer Charles Cobb explains the role of firearms in the Civil Rights Movement in This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible.
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 24 at 4 p.m.
The author reads from her new graphic novel, El Deafo, about her experience with hearing loss and one very large and awkward hearing aid. Bell also appears at 10:30 a.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.
Stapley reads and signs copies of her new novel, Mating for Life, while Close discusses the themes of early adulthood and friendship in her new book, Girls in White Dresses.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
Books
Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m.
Newly named poet laureate Wright reads from his work at this event that kicks off the Library of Congress' fall literary season.
Free
Books
Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Radio and television host Smiley discusses and signs copies of his new book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year.
National Press Club -
529 14th St. NW
$10–$27
Books
Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
Grumat joins his co-authors Sen. Bob Dole and Sen. Tom Daschle to discuss their book City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy.
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
Books
Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed television and radio host chronicles Martin Luther King's last year of life in Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m.
The author discusses The Distance Between Us, her memoir of crossing the Mexican border into the United States that was selected as the title for the 2014 "One Maryland One Book" campaign.
Montpelier Arts Center -
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel
Free
Books
Saturday, September 27 at 4 p.m.
Teen author Kristen Lippert-Martin reads from her latest psychological thriller, Tabula Rasa.
Barnes & Noble Clarendon -
2800 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 500, Arlington
Free
Books
Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m.
Centreville High School teacher Harar reads from her newly published young adult novel Voices of the Sea.
Barnes & Noble Fairfax -
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax
Free
Books
Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m.
Both authors discuss their books that advocate for the reform of professional football at this reading and signing.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Naval investigates the city of her birth in City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Saturday, September 27 at 6 p.m.
The author reads and signs copies of Acceptance, the final entry in his Southern Reach trilogy.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m.
The author describes the conflict and negotiation between Chevron and lawyer Steven Donziger in Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Sunday, September 28 at 5 p.m.
Wright chronicles the negotiations that led to the Camp David Accords of 1978 in Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, a topic he also wrote about in his play, Camp David.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Dunn shares selections from his stark and elegant work.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
Books
Monday, September 29 at 12 p.m.
Author Darman chronicles the political careers of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan in Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America.
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
Books
Monday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m.
New York Times columnist Kristof discusses philanthropy and reads from his new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.
National Press Club -
529 14th St. NW
$10–$28
Books
Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
Local journalist Fromartz chronicles his passion for breaking bread in In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey. He discusses his work with local baker Mark Furstenburg.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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
Books
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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