JANUARY 3-9, 2011
5 WEDNESDAY | Noon. Local author Thomas B. Allen discusses and signs his new book, “Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War,” at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, 202-393-7798.
6:30 P.M. Writer Nir Rosen, a fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, reads from and discusses his new book, “Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World,” at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Anne Midgette, the classical music critic for The Washington Post, reads from and discusses “My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music,” the autobiography of famed pianist, conductor and teacher Leon Fleisher, which she helped write, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.
6 THURSDAY | 6:30 P.M. The Folger Poetry Series presents its annual O.B. Hardison
Poetry Prize presentation and reading with this year’s honoree, Kevin Young, author of the collections “The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” and “For the Confederate Dead,” reading from his work at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. The program is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition “TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945,” to which Young will respond through the verse he chooses to recite. A reception and book signing follow. Tickets are $15 ($7.50 for students); call 202-544-7077 or visit www.folger.edu/poetry.
6:45 P.M. The Smithsonian Resident Associate program and Oxford University Press are sponsoring “John F. Kennedy: Insights and Revelations,” a program to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s
inauguration, presented by historian Robert
Dallek, author of “An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963,” at the Freer Gallery of Art, Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. & Independence Ave. SW. Dallek will sign copies of “John F. Kennedy,” a new abridged version of his book, following the lecture. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers; call 202-633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org to RSVP. 7 P.M. Historian Edmund Morris reads from and discusses “Colonel Roosevelt,” the final volume in his trilogy on the life of President Theodore Roosevelt (the first volume won the National Book Award), at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
7 FRIDAY | Noon. Cultural historian Patricia
Brady, director of publications at the Historic New Orleans Collection, discusses and signs her new book, “A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson,” at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.
7 P.M. Tom Rachman reads from and signs his best-selling novel “The Imperfectionists” ( just published in paperback) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
8 SATURDAY | 1 P.M. Matthew B. Gilmore and Joshua Olsen discuss and sign their new illustrated history, “Foggy Bottom and the West End in Vintage Images,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
6 P.M. Dana H. Allin, a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and transatlantic affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, joins Steven Simon, an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of their new book, “The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919. A book signing follows.
9 SUNDAY | 5 P.M. Local writer and editor
Rachel Machacek, creator of the blog the Science of Single (scienceofsingle.com), discusses and signs her new book, “The Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love,” at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 202-364-1919.
6 P.M. The Iota Poetry Series opens its Winter 2011 season with readings by Sally
Rosen Kindred and Maggie Rosen at the Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-256-9275. An open reading follows. For more literary events, go to washingtonpost.com/gog/ and search “book event.”