Rudy Namdar: The Ruined House

06/07/2018 - 6:30pm
Fiction
Reading

The Ruined House is the first novel by Ruby Namdar, a work that marks the arrival of an important writer and sets a new standard in Jewish-American literature. A tale of the collision between tradition and contemporary life, it tells the story of Andrew Cohen, a professor at NYU whose happy, meticulously-arranged world begins to mysteriously unravel, disrupted by visions of an ancient religious ritual. Beautiful, mesmerizing, and unsettling, The Ruined House unfolds over the course of one year as Andrew's world unravels and he is forced to question all of his beliefs.

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Kramerbooks
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

826DC Reading with Busboys and Poets Books

06/14/2018 - 5:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Local youth writing nonprofit 826DC is thrilled to unveil its latest student publication by young authors from the SEED School of Washington. Reading excerpts from this new collection of poetry will be the writing mentors who supported students through the course of their year-long book project, from first draft to professionally bound publication. All proceeds from the book support 826DC's free writing programs for DC students.

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Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Elisabeth Cohen: The Glitch

05/23/2018 - 6:30pm
Fiction
Reading

A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut, The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.

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Kramerbooks
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Pamela Druckerman - There Are No Grown-Ups

05/31/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

As she embarked on her forties, Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé, threw herself a party, then almost stayed away. She didn’t know what to expect—or what others would expect of her, now that she was no longer young but not really middle-aged. Expanding on her popular New York Times column, “What You Learn in Your Forties,” Druckerman set out to map this terra incognita, doing for the transitional decade what Lena Dunham did for the twenties and Nora Ephron for the sixties.

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Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ - Stay With Me — in conversation with Tayla Burney

07/21/2018 - 6:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Who Will Speak for America?

07/02/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

With Nathaniel Popkin, Malka Older, Jericho Brown, and Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Drawing on the success of Writers Resist, a national day of literary protest, Who Will Speak for America? presents the best contemporary writing on American identity, justice, and dissent, and asserts a constructive vision of American society. Coedited by Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin.

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Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Yrsa Daley-Ward - The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir

06/12/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

In her second book, Daley-Ward combines the haunting lyricism of Bone with passionate, unsparing prose to tell the story of her life. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Daley-Ward was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in Chorley, a small town in the North of England. Along with family tensions—a father she was often afraid of, a mother she saw worn down, and a brother she was estranged from—Daley-Ward confronts abuse, depression, racism, and the tremendous power of sexuality.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tommy Orange: There There

06/25/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Orange’s eagerly anticipated debut novel introduces both a powerfully original literary voice and tells a story that’s long been overshadowed, distorted, and outright erased.  An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Orange explores the complicated reality of urban Native Americans through the lives of twelve different characters of different ages, genders, and Native heritages.

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Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ann Mah in Conversation With Jane Black

06/19/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Talk

Mah’s second novel follows Kate Elliott as she prepares for her third attempt to pass the Master of Wine Examination. Needing a job, she goes to her family’s Burgundy vineyards. She’s in time for the vendage, the harvesting, as well as a thorough cleaning of the cellar. There she finds a lost diary, resistance pamphlets, and a cache of valuable wine. Further investigation turns up a relative she’d never known about and a host of questions: who did her family aid during the war? What happened to the six bottles missing from the hidden collection?

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Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Cave Canem Faculty Read at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

06/14/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Poetry
Reading

Enjoy an evening of poetry with acclaimed poets and 2018 retreat faculty Chris AbaniRobin Coste Lewis and Amber Flora Thomas at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Recipient of a Guggenheim Award, Abani is the author of Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), and There Are No Names for Red (Red Hen Press, 2010) among other works of poetry and fiction. Lewis is the current poet laureate of Los Angeles and author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), which won the National Book Award.

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Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Contact Information

Elizabeth Bryant
718.858.0000

Cave Canem Fellows Read

06/13/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Join the excitement! Hear a group of this year’s fellows read their work in rapid-fire, 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

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Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Contact Information

Elizabeth Bryant
718.858.0000

Cave Canem Fellows Read

06/12/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Join the excitement! Hear a group of this year’s fellows read their work in rapid-fire, 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

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Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Contact Information

Elizabeth Bryant
718.858.0000

Terrance Hayes - American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

07/16/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading/Talk

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. Now he reads from his new collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Lally and Terence Winch

06/10/2018 - 5:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Spanning more than fifty years, Lally’s collected poems testify to a remarkable career that’s included some thirty volumes of poetry and prose, acting, music, and activism. Writing in the accessible and colloquial vein of Whitman, Williams Carlos Williams, and Frank O’Hara, Lally has eluded schools and conventions while embracing a variety of voices, places, styles, and themes.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Writing the Blues: Herbert Quelle and Renee Rosen

06/09/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Fiction
Talk

A special event for Chicago Blues Fest! German Consul General Herbert Quelle -- author of Monika's Blues: On the Trail of the German Harmonica and African-American Blues Culture -- talks with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues about music, writing and culture.

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American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave. Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact Information

American Writers Museum
312-374-8790

Lillian Li - Number One Chinese Restaurant

06/23/2018 - 6:00pm
Fiction
Reading

When a calamity suddenly halts the usual flow of daily events at the family-run Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, the owner, his family, and the staff are forced to pause and assess what they’ve done and where they go from here. For Jimmy Han, this may be the chance to open his own upscale establishment. For his brother, it might be the time to heal a festering generational rift with his daughter. Meanwhile, the Hans’ longtime employees are caught between competing loyalties when they find that their children are implicated in the restaurant’s crisis.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Thomas Frank - Rendezvous With Oblivion: Essays

06/21/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

If anyone can make sense of our polarized, divided, and increasingly frustrated nation, Frank can. One of the sharpest political commentators at work today, Frank, author of Listen, Liberal and the classic What's the Matter with Kansas?, has gathered a wide-ranging selection of his essays that begins to put the messiness that is Trump’s America into some kind of perspective.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nick Arvin and Dan Sheehan

06/20/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Set in the Washington-Baltimore area during the War of 1812, Arvin’s vivid picaresque follows ten-year-old Henry Phipps as he struggles to fulfill his mother’s final wish and bury her at sea with her family in attendance. Henry’s father is in debtor’s prison, and as Henry scrambles to earn enough money to free him by looting battlefields, his adventures take him all around the region, where he encounters defectors, escaping slaves, and even a damsel in distress. Meanwhile, his brother has deserted, escaped a firing squad, and now awaits his firstborn.

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Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Evgenia Citkowitz - The Shades — in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

06/25/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Talk

Citkowitz follows Ether, her accomplished debut novella and stories, with a haunting portrait of grief and the unraveling of a marriage. The narrative follows Catherine and Michael Hall, now living apart a year after the death of their sixteen-year-old-daughter. While Michael has tried to resume his London life, Catherine, who ran a gallery, has grown reclusive, retreating to an old country house in Kent, and their son has escaped to a boarding school.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Abdi Nor Iftin - Call Me American: A Memoir

06/26/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

No two immigration experiences are the same, and Iftin’s amazing story of chance, courage, and resilience began years before he came to the U.S. Growing up in Mogadishu, he was five in 1991 when Somalia plunged into civil war. He escaped the hunger and militia attacks temporarily by watching American movies and listening to American pop music. But as he learned English, reinvented himself as "Abdi American,” and reported for NPR, he drew the enmity of the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab and was forced to take refuge in Kenya.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Debra Jo Immergut and Hannah Pittard

06/16/2018 - 1:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Frank fell in love with Miranda in high school. When he encounters her again years later, his feelings are still fresh, while Miranda doesn’t remember him at all. The relationship is further complicated by the fact that the former schoolmates meet in a state prison where Miranda is serving a sentence for a shocking crime and Frank is working as the inmate psychologist. Demonstrating the poor judgment that lost him his prestigious Manhattan practice, Frank fails to reassign Miranda to another counselor. Miranda, for her part, is caught up in painful memories that date from childhood.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kim Roberts - A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.

06/30/2018 - 3:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Talk

Washington, D.C. isn’t only a political town—it ranked second on Highbrow’s list of top American literary cities and came in at number eight on National Geographic Traveler’s top ten literary cities of the world. There’s plenty in D.C. for the litterateur to discover, from the Library of Congress to the places Henry Adams and Zora Neale Hurston lived and wrote.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Roxane Gay - Hunger and Not That Bad

06/13/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

Roxane Gay is one of our most important cultural critics. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling works of nonfiction, Bad Feminist and Hunger, an intimate exploration of eating, weight, and trauma to be released in paperback in June. She's also written three works of fiction, including the nationally bestselling story collection Difficult Women, contributes to the New York Times op-ed page, and wrote World of Wakanda 1-5 for Marvel.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Heather Abel and Lisa Ko

06/24/2018 - 5:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Abel’s accomplished debut novel, The Optimistic Decade, centers on Llamalo, a beautiful wilderness area in the Colorado Rockies. Once home to Native Americans, then to ranchers, by the late 1980s it’s a utopian camp run by the charismatic Caleb Silver, whose mission is to teach people how to live authentically and simply. His task is complicated by Llamalo’s former owners, who want the land back, and by his cousin, Rebecca.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lauren Groff - Florida

06/11/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Groff has been one of our most exciting contemporary fiction writers since her phenomenal 2008 debut, The Monsters of Templeton. Her most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a National Book Award finalist, Barack Obama’s favorite book of 2015, and one of the most talked-about novels in years. Now, Groff returns with a collection of eleven shimmering stories. The book opens with an unnamed woman escaping her family for a walk.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

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