JAN­UARY 10-14, 2011

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOKWORLD -

10 MON­DAY | 6:30 P.M. Wi­told Ry­bczyn­ski, the award-win­ning pro­fes­sor, ar­chi­tec­ture critic and author, dis­cusses his new book, “Makeshift Me­trop­o­lis: Ideas About Cities,” at the Na­tional Build­ing Mu­seum, 401 F St. NW. This pro­gram launches the mu­seum’s “In­tel­li­gent Cities” ini­tia­tive, de­signed to “ex­plore how data and in­for­ma­tion technology can im­prove the way our cities look, feel and func­tion.” Ad­mis­sion is $20 for the gen­eral pub­lic, $12 for mu­seum mem­bers (free for stu­dents with valid ID); call 202-272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

11 TUES­DAY | 11 A.M. Pro­fes­sor Carolyn L. Karcher dis­cusses the 19th-cen­tury novel “Bricks With­out Straw,” writ­ten by Al­bion W. Tourgée (1838-1905), a sol­dier, jour­nal­ist, at­tor­ney, judge, pro­lific author and the lead at­tor­ney for the plain­tiff in the land­mark Supreme Court case

Plessy v. Fer­gu­son (1896), which ar­gued against the no­tion of “sep­a­rate but equal,” at the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church, 4444 Ar­ling­ton Blvd., Ar­ling­ton, Va. Karcher, who is writ­ing a bi­og­ra­phy of Tourgée, edited and pro­vided the

in­tro­duc­tion for the new edi­tion of the novel. A lunch fol­lows at noon for those with reser­va­tions; call 703-534-0898 (a $9 con­tri­bu­tion is re­quested).

6:30 P.M. Rick Bow­ers, a jour­nal­ist and song­writer, reads from and dis­cusses “Spies of Mis­sis­sippi: The True Story of the Spy Net­work That Tried to De­stroy the Civil Rights Move­ment,” his new book for young read­ers and adults, at the In­ter­na­tional Spy Mu­seum, 800 F St. NW. Ad­mis­sion is $12.50 for the gen­eral pub­lic, $10 for mem­bers; call 202-393-7798 for de­tails and to RSVP.

6:30 P.M. Poet and ac­tivist Nikki

Gio­vanni dis­cusses the new an­thol­ogy “The 100 Best African Amer­i­can Po­ems” at Bus­boys and Po­ets (5th & K), 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227. A book sign­ing fol­lows.

12 WED­NES­DAY | Noon. Hazel Row­ley dis­cusses and signs her new bi­og­ra­phy, “Franklin and Eleanor: An Ex­tra­or­di­nary Mar­riage,” at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, mu­seum book­store, Eighth & F Sts. NW, 202-633-5450.

Noon. Kate Ma­sur, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of his­tory and African Amer­i­can stud­ies at North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity, reads from and dis­cusses her new book, “An Ex­am­ple for All the Land: Eman­ci­pa­tion and the Strug­gle Over Equal­ity in Washington, D.C.,” at the Li­brary of Congress, James Madi­son Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 In­de­pen­dence Ave. SE, 202-707-9779.

7 P.M. Parag Khanna, di­rec­tor of the Global Gov­er­nance Ini­tia­tive in the Amer­i­can Strat­egy Pro­gram of the New Amer­ica Foun­da­tion, dis­cusses and signs “How to Run the World: Chart­ing a Course to the Next Re­nais­sance” at Pol­i­tics and Prose Book­store, 5015 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919.

7:30 P.M. Brad Meltzer reads from and signs “The In­ner Cir­cle,” his new Washington-set thriller, at Bor­ders Books-Bai­leys Cross­roads, Route 7 at Columbia Pike, Bai­leys Cross­roads, Va., 703-998-0404. He will also read on Thurs­day at 7 p.m. at Pol­i­tics and Prose Book­store, 202-364-1919.

13 THURS­DAY | 11:30 A.M. His­tory pro­fes­sor An­drew J. Bace­vich chats about his lat­est book, “Washington Rules: Amer­ica’s Path to Per­ma­nent War,” at a lun­cheon event at the Woman’s Na­tional Demo­cratic Club, 1526 New Hamp­shire Ave. NW. The event be­gins with a cash bar fol­lowed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. and the lec­ture at 1 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $30 for the gen­eral pub­lic, $10 for the lec­ture only; call 202-232-7363, ext. 3003 or e-mail

reser­va­tions@demo­crat­ic­woman.org to RSVP. A book sale and sign­ing fol­low.

Noon. Michael Perino, a for­mer lit­i­ga­tor and cur­rently a pro­fes­sor of law, reads from and dis­cusses his new book, “The Hell­hound of Wall Street: How Fer­di­nand Pec­ora’s In­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Great Crash For­ever Changed Amer­i­can Fi­nance,” at the Na­tional Archives, Jef­fer­son Room, 700 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW. A book sign­ing fol­lows; call 202-357-5000 .

14 FRI­DAY | 4 P.M. The Writer’s Cen­ter (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.) is host­ing the Mont­gomery County con­test for Po­etry Out Loud: Na­tional Recita­tion Con­test, fea­tur­ing stu­dents from Gaithers­burg, Walt Whitman, Kather­ine Thomas and Richard Mont­gomery high schools all aim­ing to be­come one of three win­ners who will ad­vance to re­gion­als in Fe­bru­ary. For de­tails, call 301-654-0864 or visit

www.writer.org or www.po­et­ry­out­loud.org.

7:30 P.M. The PEN/Faulkner Read­ing Se­ries presents an evening of fic­tion

with jour­nal­ist, poet and nov­el­ist Achy Obejas, author of “Ruin”; Porochista Khakpour, author of the de­but novel “Sons and Other Flammable Ob­jects”;

and Danzy Senna, author of the novel “Cau­ca­sia” as well as the mem­oir “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?,” at the Fol­ger Shake­speare Li­brary, 201 East Capi­tol St. SE. A re­cep­tion and book sign­ing fol­low. Tick­ets are $12; call 202-544-7077 or visit www.fol­ger.edu/pen­faulkner to RSVP. For more lit­er­ary events, go to wash­ing­ton­post.com/gog/ and search “book event.”

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