JANUARY 10-14, 2011
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
email@example.com 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.”