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Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
Five local romance authors discuss their work at this event that will help readers select their favorite titles just in time for Valentine's Day.
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
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Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
The popular young adult author reads from the latest volume in her Red Queen series, Glass Sword.
Barnes & Noble Fairfax -
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax
Free
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Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
The author of Life of Pi reads from his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, about a man who uncovers a journal that sends him on a quest that resonates decades later in the lives of a Portuguese doctor and a Canadian senator.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
The local historian and civic leader reads from his books Bridge Builders of Nauck and Green Valley: Past and Present and discusses the contributions of the residents of Arlington's oldest African American neighborhood.
Arlington Mill Community Center -
909 S. Dinwiddle St., Arlington
Free
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Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
The relationship expert offers dating advice and reads from her latest book, 121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, and Live Happily Ever After (Really!).
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
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Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
The author examines the marriage of the first president in her book The Washingtons: George and Martha: Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love.
National Portrait Gallery -
8th and F streets NW
Free
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Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m.
A group of local poets read and perform at this event connected with the Hirshhorn's ongoing surrealist sculpture exhibit.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden -
7th Street and Independence Avenue SW
Free
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Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.
The relationship between artist Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz is examined and imagined in Tripp's new novel, Georgia. She discusses it with author and critic Bethanne Patrick.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
The author and journalist, who currently serves as chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, reflects on his career in his new memoir And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m.
The Concordia University professor discusses many of his popular books, including Never Trust a Thin Cook and other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capitol.
Georgetown Library -
3260 R St. NW
Free
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Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m.
The junior senator from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark reads from his book United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good and discusses his career with the Honorable Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
$20–$45
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Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The graphic novel illustrator discusses his career and his upcoming release, Samurai Rising, about a 12th century Japanese warrior.
Tenley-Friendship Library -
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
On the 207th anniversary of his birth, a group of Lincoln scholars make the case for why the 16th president remains relevant and explain what we can continue to learn from his legacy.
National Archives McGowan Theater -
7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
The author and journalist reads from Being Nixon, his examination of the maligned former president that attempts to uncomplicate the man known as "Tricky Dick."
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The actress, seen on Joan of Arcadia and in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, reads from her third book of poetry, Dark Sparkler.
Busboys and Poets Brookland -
625 Monroe St. NE
Free
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Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Female veterans read from their essays and short stories collected in the February 2016 issue of this journal published by the Veterans Writing Project.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Sunday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The author reads from her novel A Little Life, about four male friends coming of age, a finalist for the National Book Award.
Busboys and Poets Takoma -
234 Carroll St. NW
Free
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Monday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The award-winning author reads from Balm, her novel set in post-Civil War Chicago.
Free
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Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Ng, the author of Everything I Never Told You, and John Wray, author of Lowboy discuss the ways families and danger intersect in their work at this reading presented by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
The Oscar winner and Broadway star chronicles his career in his new book, Master of Ceremonies.
$16–$45
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Wednesday, February 24 at 12 p.m.
The founding dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine and former Secretary of Heath and Human Services reads from his memoir, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine.
Free
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Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Local author Sparks reads from her new collection of short stories, The Unfinished World, and discusses her work with Chris Chester, audience editor at WAMU.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
The New Yorker film critic reads from Lit Up, his examination of public and private schools in New Haven, Conn., Westchester County, N.Y., and New York City.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
In Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Cuddy, a Harvard social psychologist explains how so-called power poses can help us actually feel powerful.
$18–$45
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Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
Branan, a journalist, reads from her book The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for The Truth, in which she explore's her family's history. Poet Tichy discusses Trafficke, her meditation on her family's legacy in America and their ownership of slaves.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Monday, February 29 at 3 p.m.
The life and career of civil rights leader Dorothy Ferebee is examined in Kiesel's new book, She Can Bring Us Home.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Monday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The German, Austrian, and Swiss authors read from their novels at this event, presented with Zeitgeist DC.
Austrian Cultural Forum -
3524 International Court NW
Free
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Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m.
As part of the "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" cultural festival taking place across the city, the Sudanese poet reflects on the culture of the Middle East and reads from her work.
Georgetown University -
3700 O St. NW
Free
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Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The author offers healthy eating tips in her humorous book Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating A Peaceful Relationship With Food.
Tenley-Friendship Library -
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The authors and translators discuss the new translation of The Mysteries of Paris, the epic novel that inspired Victor Hugo's Les Miserable.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Journalist Traister, who regularly writes about the intersection of gender and politics, discusses All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, March 5 at 4 p.m.
The author, a former CIA officer, describes his experience delivering the daily presidential intelligence briefing in The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
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Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
In Blooming into Mindfulness, the author and blogger explains how readers can take small steps to increase their happiness and improve their lives.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.
The contemporary poets share their work, which celebrates the natural world, at this reading presented in conjunction with the Phillips Collection's "Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks" exhibition.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
The poets read from their most recent work. Beary discusses her latest collection, Deflection, and Bracken discusses The Altar of Innocence, a memoir written in verse.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The author, a winner of the Man Booker Prize, discusses his new book, Shylock is My Name, a unique retelling of The Merchant of Venice.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$10–$15
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Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Laing blends biography, memoir, and cultural criticism in The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, her chronicle of her time spent living by herself in New York. She discusses her work with Tayla Burney, producer of the Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
The popular Univision host and activist reflects on his 30 years in journalism in ake a Stand: Lessons From Rebels.
$15–$40
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Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Svrluga spent the 2014 baseball season following the Washington Nationals, chronicling the movements of its star players as well as its supporting staff. He records his observations in his new book, The Grind.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
The popular local novelist reads from her latest release, At the Edge of the Orchard.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
The author discusses Hillary, the picture book biography of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner -
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Free
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Monday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
At this reading centered around the intersection of fiction, nonfiction, and life, novelist Jackson and essayist Jamison read from their intensely personal events.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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March 21—March 24
Several acclaimed authors, including novelist Porochista Khakpour and essayist Leslie Jamison, read from their work at this annual showcase that celebrates George Mason University's creative writing program.
George Mason University -
4400 University Drive, Fairfax
Free
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Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The author examines the origins and impact of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption in his new book.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Faye recasts Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre as a murder mystery and explains why a quiet country girl would become a serial killer in Jane Steele.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
In celebration of the Writer's Center's 40th anniversary, the news anchor, author of more than 20 books, and honorary member of the center's board, discusses his work.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
$15
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Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m.
The author, a former U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, reads from his book Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within.
Barnes & Noble Potomac Yards -
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
Free
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Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Weldon, a book reviewer for NPR and Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist, discusses his latest book, The Caped Crusade.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
The audacious memoirist reads from the latest volume from his busy life, Lust & Wonder.
Busboys & Poets 14th and V -
2021 14th St. NW
Free
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Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m.
The popular spy novelist discusses The Italian Triangle, the latest entry in his Craig Page series.
Barnes & Noble Bethesda -
4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
Free
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Sunday, April 3 at 6 p.m.
The acclaimed author reads from The Little Red Chairs, her first novel in a decade.
$20
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Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
Sargent, the author of The Boston Castrato discusses his work as an author and editor. Snyder reads from Never the Loss of Wings, her latest poetry collection.
The Writer's Center -
4508 Walsh St., Bethesda
Free
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Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
The syndicated radio host reflects on the loss of her husband to Parkinson's disease in her new book, On My Own.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
As part of the 2016 Arlington Reads campaign, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist discusses his novel, All the Light We Cannot See.
Washington-Lee High School -
1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington
Free
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Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed author examines the origins of the real James Brown and learns something about himself in the process in Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m.
The Brandeis history professor leads a discussion of World War I in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Like the playwright whose name appears on the building, these three contemporary poets have mastered the sonnet and discuss what they like about the form at this reading.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
$25
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Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
The editors discuss their latest volume, Crush, in which 38 authors reflect on their first and lasting celebrity crushes.
$15–$35
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Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
The author reads from his third ecological thriller, Dust Up.
One More Page Books -
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, No. 101, Arlington
Free
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Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The British author reads from her latest collection of short stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours.
Busboys and Poets Takoma -
234 Carroll St. NW
Free
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Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
The author tells the story of the Winchester family, who created eponymous rifle, and in turn, tells the story of American gun culture in her new book, The Gunning of America.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Bennet arrives in the 21st century in Sittenfeld's latest book, Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Readers and writers, including Madison Smartt Bell, Stephen Goodwin, and Lauren Groff, pay tribute to the late novelist, who served as chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation for 30 years.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
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Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
IN van Booy's novel Father's Day, a young girl reconnects with her troubled uncle after being orphaned.
Politics & Prose -
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
The author draws on family history in her debut novel When the Emperor Was Divine, which chronicles the experience of a Japanese family sent to an internment camp during World War II. Presented as part of Arlington Reads 2016.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free
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Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.
A traumatized woman and a Cuban immigrant connect in the Florida Keys and through their companionship, begin to forgive themselves for past mistakes in Engel's new novel, The Veil of the Ocean.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe -
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
Free
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Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
Authors and readers come together at this annual celebration that the honors the best works of fiction published by an American citizen in a calendar year.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$100
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Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
The historian reads from his latest book, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II, as part of the 2016 Arlington Reads campaign.
Arlington Central Library -
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Free

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