Metro Weekly

Readings and Lectures

Spring Arts 2011


5871 Crossroads Center Way
Baileys Crossroads, Va.

Mark Childress, Georgia Bottoms — Combining the hilarious and the absurd (3/19)
Meg Waite Clayton, The Four Ms. Bradwells — Explores the unique bonds of female friendship and the remarkable ways our relationships with our mothers and daughters shape us (3/28)
Joe Yonan, Serve Yourself Washington Post food editor offers a guide to make cooking for one a deeply satisfying, approachable pleasure (3/31)
Anne Byrn, The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free — 76 rich, decadent, easy-to-make, impossible-to-resist gluten-free desserts. It could happen! (4/28)


2021 14th St. NW

Paul Mason, Live Working or Die Fighting: How The Working-Class Went Global (3/17)
Malalai Joya, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice (3/22)
Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (3/24)
Leonard Harris, Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher — Book about the father of the Harlem Renaissance(4/5)

Dr. Akbar Ahmed, Suspended Somewhere Between — Collection of poetry with adventures spanning the globe, from tribal Pakistan to think-tank Washington (4/6)
Derrick Weston Brown, Wisdom Teeth — New full-length manuscript from Busboys and Poets’ Poet in Residence (4/7)
Kathleen Cushman, Fires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us about Motivation and Mastery (4/11)
Maurice Jackson, African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents (4/12)
A.C. Grayling, The Good Book: A Humanist Bible — Audaciously intended as a secular alternative to the Bible, drawing from secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions (4/14)
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Danny Postel & Bill Fletcher, The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future — Collection of essays and documents, billed as the first to bring together leading voices and key players in Iran’s Green Movement (4/17)
Antonia Juhasz, Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill — Exposes the human failings and human cost of the largest oil disaster in American history (4/22)
Gordon Martin, Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote (4/28)
Alice Walker, The Chicken Chronicles, A Memoir — New book from author of The Color Purple (5/2)
John Sayles, A Moment in the Sun (5/6)
Emilye Crosby, Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, A National Movement — Collection of original works aims to redress the lack of knowledge about how the civil rights movement was shaped by bottom-up efforts (5/23)
Virginia Eubanks, Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (6/14)


201 East Capitol St. SE

Mary Karr and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon — A conversation about poetry by the autors of The Liars’ Club and Open Interval, respectively (3/21)
Joshua Ferris and Victor LaValle — Authors of The Unnamed and Big Machine, respectively (3/25)
Dorothy Allison and Ron Bash — Allison is best known for Bastard Out of Carolina while Bash’s most recent book is Burning Bright (4/1)
Naomi Shihab Nye — Poet best known for her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (4/11)
31st Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony — Winner Deborah Eisenberg reads from The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, while finalists also read from their work: Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad; Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule; Eric Puchner, Model Home; and Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (5/7)
Michael Hollinger, Playwright/translator of The Cyrano (5/9/11)
Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture 2011: Wendy Wall — Northwestern University professor talks about ”Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen” (4/25)
Todd Kliman — Author of The Wild Vine explores the history and mysteries of American wine (5/20/11)


10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, Va.

Tyler Cowen, The Financial Crisis: Where It Came From and Where We Are Headed (3/22)


10 First St. SE

Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (3/18)
David D. Caron, Images of the Artic and the Futures They Suggest (3/30)


Grosvenor Auditorium
NGS Headquarters
1600 M St. NW

Carsten Peter — Veteran photographer presents images from what may be the world’s largest cave, Vietnam’s Infinite Cave (3/24)
John FrancisThe Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World offers lessons on the need for reflection in one’s life, based on author’s 17-year vow of silence (3/28)
Michael Melford — Veteran photographer’s Hidden Alaska explores Bristol Bay, site of conflicting interests as important salmon breeding ground and location of enormous copper and gold deposits (4/5)
Frances Mayes — Best-selling author of Under The Tuscan Sun reads from her recently published memoir, Every Day in Tuscany (4/12)
Tim Flannery — Best-selling author of The Weather Makers discusses his new book Here On Earth, offering a message of hope about improving our relationship with the environment (4/20)
Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher — In Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan, these award-winning photographers portray a vanishing way of life in war-torn Sudan (5/11)
Jimmy Chin — Expedition photographer discusses the challenges he faced while photographing Yosemite for a May issue of National Geographic (6/2)


5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

Julie Orringer, The Invisible Bridge (3/18)
Alan Paul, Big In China (3/19)
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (3/20)
Andre Dubus III, Townie (3/21)
Del Quentin Wilber, Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan — Wilber reconstructs the event with the sharp skills of a police-beat reporter (3/22)
Colin Thubron, To A Mountain in Tibet (3/23)
James Gleick, The Information (3/24)
Ian Rankin, The Complaints (3/25)
Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes — a social history of Puritans adventures in Hawaii (3/26)
Mark Richard, House of Prayer No. 2 (3/27)
Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, This Burning Land (3/27)
Cal Ripken Jr., Hothead — The baseball legend’s book for children about doing your best (3/28)
Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife — A haunting and powerful first novel, set in a Balkan village, that has critics swooning(3/28)
Tina Rosenberg, Join The Club — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist explores the value of peer pressure to make positive social change (3/29)
John Darnton, Almost A Family (3/30)
Joseph Lelyveld, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India (3/31)
Peter Goodwin, The Fear (4/1)
Liz Lerman, Hiking The Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer (4/2)
Jacqueline Winspear, A Lesson In Secrets (4/2)
Cokie and Steven Roberts, Our Haggadah (4/3)
Paula Szuchman & Jenny Anderson, Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage and Dirty Dishes (4/3)
Henning Mankell, The Troubled Man (4/4)
Joe Yonan, Serve Yourself (4/5)
Hampton Sides, Hellhound on His Trail (4/6)
Jennet Conant, A Covert Affair (4/8)
Susi Wyss, The Civilized World (4/9)
Louis Bayard, The School of Night (4/9)
Alexander Yates, Moondogs (4/10)
Diane Ackerman, One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage and the Language of Healing (4/10)
Donna Leon, Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (4/11)
Billy Collins, Horoscopes for the Dead (4/12)
David Goldfield, America Aflame (4/13)
Marjorie Garber, The Use and Abuse of Literature (4/14)
Anthony Horowitz, Scorpia Rising (4/15)
Ben Dolnick, You Know Who You Are (4/16)
Garrett M. Graff, The Threat Matrix (4/16)
Marc Freedman, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife — the baby bommers’ dilemma (4/17)
Meghan O’Rourke, The Long Goodbye (4/20)
Simon Schama, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble (4/21)
Philip Kerr, Field Gray (4/22)
Persia Walker, Black Orchid Blues (4/23)
Nina Revoyr, Wingshooters (4/23)
Nathan Larson, The Dewey Decimal System: A Novel (4/23)
David J. Linden, The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling — Cheers! (4/23)
Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order (4/25)
James B. Stewart, Tangled Webs (4/26)
Andrea Levy, The Long Song (4/27)
Ann Packer, Swim Back To Me (4/28)
Francisco Goldman, Say Her Name (4/29)
Peter Mountford, A Young Many’s Guide to Late Capitalism (4/30)
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (5/3)
Tom Lichtenheld, Cloudette (5/5)


600 I St. NW

Tina Fey
Tina Fey

Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home, a novel about a same-sex couple attempting to have a child (3/22)
Cokie and Steve Roberts, Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families (3/23)
James Carroll, Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World (4/4)
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question — funny, furious and unflinching novel, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize (4/7)
Ashley Judd, All That Is Bitter and Sweet — A personal and powerful memoir from the actress and activist recounting her travels in the world’s hotspots (4/11)
Tina Fey, Bossypants — The celebrated comedian and actor’s memoirs proves you’re no one until someone calls you bossy (4/14)
Demetri Martin, This Is A Book — The comedian presents his first book (4/27)
Joe and Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies — The best-selling authors and radio personalities offer at-home remedies to help cure everyday illnesses (5/17)


1318 U St.

Out in the Media: Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg (Boy Does World) and television news reporter Charles Perez (Confessions of a Gay Anchorman) will read from and discuss their works. Hosted by Roby Chavez (3/31)
Pioneers: Celebrating Ruth Simpson & Shirley Chisholm (5/19)


4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, Md.

Elizabeth Bishop & The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence — Editor Joelle Biele will lead readings from the recently published collection (3/20)
Terese Svoboda and Jane Satterfield — authors of novel Pirate Talk or Mermalade and memoir Daughter of Empire, respectively (3/27)
Ellen Doré Watson and Carol Moldaw — Watson reads from her book of poetry Dogged Hearts and Moldaw reads from So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems (4/3)
Erika Meitner and Candace Katz — Meitner reads poems from her collection Ideal Cities while Katz reads from her novel Schaeffer Brown’s Detective Observations (4/10)
Andrew Altschul and Eli Hastings — These Emerging Writer Fellowship recipients will read from their work (4/22)
The Return of Halley’s Comet — readings from Donald Bliss’s play about Twain’s dictation of his autobiography will be paired with a discussion of Twain’s autobiography (5/1)
Classic Myths and Contemporary Re-telling — a panel discussion with authors Donna Denizé, Nan Fry and Rose Solari (5/15)
Ann McLaughlin and Alan Orloff — McLaughlin reads from A Trial In Summer while Orloff reads from Killer Routine (5/22)

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