May 13 - 19
13 SUNDAY | 1 P.M. Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia, will discuss “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia” at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
14 MONDAY | 6:30 P.M. Thomas Ricks will read from “Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom” at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
7 P.M. Rick Bragg will discuss “The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table” at Politics and Prose.
7 P.M. James Loeffler will read from “Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century” at Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Sq. SW. 202-364-1919.
15 TUESDAY | 6:30 P.M. Editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan and contributing poets Lauren K. Alleyne and Sandra Beasley will discuss “Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism” at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-290-1636.
7 P.M. Kevin Powers will read from his novel “A Shout in the Ruins,” about a Civil War plantation and its inhabitants, at Politics and Prose.
16 WEDNESDAY | 6:30 P.M. Sarah Winman will read from her novel “Tin Man,” about a childhood friendship that evolves into something more, at East City Bookshop.
7 P.M. Michael Ondaatje will discuss his novel “Warlight,” about two siblings left alone in post-Blitz London, with Howard Norman at Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $12$45.
7 P.M. Stephen R. Platt will discuss “Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age” at Politics and Prose at the Wharf.
7 P.M. Michael V. Hayden will read from “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies” at Politics and Prose.
17 THURSDAY | 7 P.M. Michael Pollan will read from “How to Change Your Mind: What the New
Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. $33.
7 P.M. Bill Schneider will discuss “Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable” at Politics and Prose at the Wharf.
7 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew
Desmond will discuss “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-2285990.
19 SATURDAY | 10 A.M. The Gaithersburg Book Festival includes panels, author discussions and book signings, at the Gaithersburg City Hall grounds, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg.
6 P.M. Gary Krist will discuss “The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles” at Politics and Prose.
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