Monday, April 21, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Poet, CeLillianne GreenJoin us on Monday, April 21 at 6:30 pm for a poetry reading and special discussion with poet, CeLillianne Green, author of That Word, a provocative poem about the harmful impact "that word" has on those who hear it and use it. Celebrate National Poetry Month and African-American heritage by exploring the unconscious damage a simple word can have on a person's race and culture.

Copies of That Word will be available for purchase, with an autograph session following the discussion.

What is that word? "That word is not your name. That word is profane."

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

6:30 p.m.

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Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30 p.m. as author, cultural anthropologist, and independent scholar Sabiyha Prince, Ph.D. discusses her new book African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C. Race, Class and Social Justice in the Nation’s Capital.

This book uses qualitative data to explore the experiences of African Americans confronting and constructing gentrification in Washington, D.C.  It contextualizes Black Washingtonians’ perspectives during a marked period of urban restructuring and demographic change in the Nation’s Capital and sheds light on how social hierarchies and standpoints have unfolded over time.

For further information contact or (202) 727-2274

7:00 p.m.

Sigrid Fry-Revere pictureThe Kidney Sellers coverDr. Sigrid Fry-Revere is the first Westerner ever to interview kidney sellers in the one country in the world that claims to have solved its kidney shortage — Iran.

Dr. Fry-Revere spent two months interviewing and filming her subjects without permission from the Iranian government. She shares her discoveries in her new book, The Kidney Sellers. Part diary of living in a dangerous country, part ethnographic essay, and part tale of people working together to overcome death and financial ruin, The Kidney Sellers is a shocking, thought-provoking, true story.
Sigrid Fry-Revere is the ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee and project director of the Center for Ethical Solution’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project.
Copies of The Kidney Sellers will be available for purchase and autograph by the author.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Head shot of Romanian poet/translatore Ioana IeronimReadings from her published works, including "Triumph of the Waterwitch," "Lifeline as a Skyscraper" and "Tempo Rubato," in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:00 a.m.
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This partner event with GW Special Collections will be held at the Gelman Library on GW Campus, 2130 H St. NW, Room 702.  

Join novelist and GW professor Thomas Mallon for light refreshments and a discussion of the historical details and local geography that bring his D.C.-set books Watergate, Henry and Clara, Fellow Travelers, and Two Moons to life. Following the discussion, download the “DC By the Book Tours” app and take a walking tour of fiction set in Foggy Bottom.


2:00 p.m.

Pearl CleageThings I should have told my daughter cover artJoin us for an afternoon conversation with bestselling author and playwright Pearl Cleage as she discusses her new book Things I Should Have Told My Daughter.

In addition to being one of the most popular playwrights living in America, Pearl Cleage is also a best-selling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit. But there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970's and '80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amid personal and professional tumult.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event with limited seating.  To obtain tickets and reserve a copy of the book please visit our partner The Oracle Group.  Parties without tickets will be waitlisted until 10 minutes before the program begins.

Oracle Group LogoCopies of Things I Should Have Told My Daughter will also be available for purchase on site and autograph after the event.

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with The Oracle Group.

2:00 p.m.

Gina A. Oliva and Linda R. Lytle, authors of Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren, will discuss challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstreamed school settings. 

Authors will sign copies of their book after the program, held in Room 215 (Adaptive Services).

ASL / voice interpreters will be present.

Questions? 202-559-5368 or

Monday, April 28, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Richie FriemanSt. Martin's Press calls Richie Frieman, "A modern day Renaissance man" – an apt description for one of the most diverse and unusual careers in a young man of 34. In 2010, Macmillan Publishing tapped Frieman to become Modern Manners Guy – the host of a humorous weekly column and podcast about manners and etiquette on the Quick and Dirty Tips network.

Based on the success of Modern Manners Guy, St. Martin’s Press 
commissioned Frieman to write a book about professional etiquette in the office place. Reply All...And Other Ways to Tank Your Career is the bestselling result. 

“REPLY ALL…” features Frieman’s unique and humorous insight about manners in the work place, along with interviews he conducted with some of the world’s most famous CEOs, entrepreneurs and industry tastemakers, about their own experiences working their way up the corporate ladder. He holds back no punches and always tells it how it should be said.
Please join us as we welcome Richie Frieman for what will be a truly engaging and entertaining evening.
The author talk will take place in Room 209 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

6:30 p.m.

David Harris-GershonWhat do you buy... cover artDavid Harris-Gershon moved to Jerusalem, full of hope. Then a bomb shattered Hebrew University's cafeteria, ripping open his wife's body, killing the friends sitting next to her and changing everything.

The bombing sent David on a psychological journey that led him back to East Jerusalem and the family of the Hamas terrorist, who had inexplicably expressed remorse upon his capture by Israeli police.  David needed to meet and understand his enemy. Not out of revenge.  Out of desperation. 

What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife is part memoir, part journalistic investigation. In this fearless debut, David confronts the personal costs of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and our capacity for recovery and reconciliation.

Author David Harris-Gershon will be here to speak about his book and the real experiences he went through in the writing of this work. 

This event, held in the Great Hall, is open to the public.  RSVP with J Street is highly recommended. Copies of the book will be available for sale courtAmericans for Peace Now logoesy of Politics and Prose.

J Street LogoThis program is made possible thanks to our partnership with J Street and Americans for Peace Now.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Forgetful book

Join us as we welcome local author Nick Mann to discuss his novel Forgetful !

Nick MannMann's first book discusses cross-cultural relationships, as explored in the summer seminar taught by Dr. Benjamin Parks. But Dr. Parks is also wondering whether his increasing memory lapses are just a natural result of aging -- or a sign of a more serious disease in his family.

Monday, May 5, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Chinelo OkparantaJoin us as Chinelo Okparanta reads from her debut story collection Happiness, Like Water, which was an Editor's Choice in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Julie Otsuka, award-winning author of Buddha in the Attic, describes Happiness, Like Water as "A haunting and startlingly original collection of short stories about the lives of Nigerians both at home and in America...a deeply affecting literary debut, the work of a sure and gifted new writer."
Happiness Like Water
Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, and was raised there as a Jehovah's Witness. When she was 10, her family relocated to the United States. She received her BS from The Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. 

A Q&A session will follow the reading, and copies of Happiness, Like Water will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

7:00 p.m.

book cover artCome join independent author, Roger Engle as he speaks from his memoir, Stories from a Small Town: Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia, followed by a book sale and signing.

Take a moment and picture your childhood home. Try to visualize a short walk from your doorstep. Can you conjure up your neighborhood, nearby houses or businesses, and the people who lived or worked in them? Can you recall the events that unfolded nearby, or the activities that once filled your childhood world?

Roger Engle took this mental journey throughout his hometown, and in doing so, rediscovered his childhood around every corner. Stories from a Small Town places us in Hedgesville, West Virginia, between the years of 1948 and 1964, and encourages us to meander there at a pace governed by the whimsy of a child. Mr. Engle takes us along on his adventures around town and into the surrounding wilderness, and provides an unfettered and rather amusing view into the life domestic. With tenderness and grit, he reveals both the challenges and opportunities of growing up in a working-class family during self-sufficient times.

Stories from a Small Town offers us a delightfully vivid portrait of childhood, and may very well inspire us to remember, document, and share with future generations the stories of our own lives—while we are still able.
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7:30 p.m.

In celebration of JSusanKatzMillerewish American Heritage month, the DC Public Library is pleased to welcome author Susan Katz Miller.
Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family chronicles the rise of a controversial new grassroots movement: interfaith families choosing to celebrate both religions. Clergy of every stripe continue to urge intermarried couples to raise children in one religion. However, growing up as an interfaith child celebrating only one religion, Miller became aware of both the benefits and the drawbacks of this strategy. After years living with the more complex religious identities in Africa and Brazil, Miller and her husband decided to raise their own children with both family religions.
Being Both by Susan Katz MillerPlease join us as Ms. Miller speaks on themes from her book and leads a discussion on being in an Interfaith family and raising children in two religious traditions.
All are welcome to attend this free author event and be part of what promises to be an enlightening and spirited conversation.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Photo of Steven Shafarman, creator of FlexAwareFlexAware is a dynamic practice created by Steven Shafarman that helps people breathe freely and move easily, for healing, fitness, exercise and mindfulness.

2:00 p.m.

author nick mannforgetfulDr. Benjamin Parks, the main character of Nick Mann's 2013 novel, Forgetful, seems to be thriving. But his professional success as a consultant and Howard University instructor is complicated by his personal life. His marriage is strained, and he fears he may be developing symptoms of dementia. How will he cope with these challenges? And how will they transform him?

Join us on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. for an author talk with the locally-based Dr. Mann, who will read from Forgetful and discuss its themes and local setting, as well as the process of writing and publishing the novel and the role his own professional experiences as an organization development practitioner and Federal Executive Institute adjunct faculty member play in his work. 

Copies of the novel will be available for check out, purchase and signing.


Monday, May 12, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Marie LaveauMadame Lalaurie

American Horror StoryJoin us as Long uses the biographies she wrote, Madame Lalaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House and A New Orleans Voudou Preistess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau, to compare these very real women to their fictional portrayals in American Horror Story: Coven.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Mission at NurembergMission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis is the story of St. Louis Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke, who in 1943 enlisted as an Army chaplain during the height of World War II. At the war’s end, Gerecke was recruited for the most difficult job: ministering to twenty-one Nazis leaders awaiting trial at Nuremberg.

Mission at Nuremberg is a thought-provoking look at one of the most horrifying times in human history. Charting the complex relationships Gerecke developed with prominent Nazi leaders and documenting the stunning conversations and confessions shared with the former Third Reich elite, Townsend reveals Nuremberg chaplains “were not judging the members of their flocks, nor were they forgiving their crimes against humanity. Instead, they were trying to lead those Nazis who were willing to follow toward a deeper insight into what they had done.”

This event will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207.
For further information, please contact Kari Mitchell at

Thursday, June 5, 2014

1:30 p.m.

Photo of Tree FrogJoin us Thursday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m.
for a book discussion.
Book Title: Will be announced at the May meeting. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Garrett Peck, local author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C., will be speaking at West End.

Come by for some snacks and to get a signed copy of the book just in time for Father's Day!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Phot of author Kathleen SindellKathleen Sindell, Ph.D., author of numerous academic, popular and professional finance articles, Web sites, proposals and books, including the bestselling reference book Investing Online for Dummies, will discuss her most recent book, Social Security: Maximize Your Benefits.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Ann D. Getty, teacher and Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: One Young Deaf Woman's Education author, will talk.

The lecture is in room A-5 (lower level) and is ASL and voice interpreted. A book signing following the lecture.

Questions? 202-559-5368 voice/video or

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Dog catcherLocal historian Hayden Wetzel will describe the history of animal control and the city pound from the establishment of the District of Columbia, when citizens and police were expected to take stray animals off the streets, to the organization of a District pound in 1872, and into the twentieth century. 

The early days of the pound, when angry crowds attacked the poundmen and the poundmaster carried a pistol, in time gave way to the more genteel opposition of the upper-class Dog-Owners Association and the Washington Cat Club. Wetzel will describe the Mad-Dog Scare of 1899, the Battle of Lincoln Park, the capture of President Grant's cows, and -- yes -- how unredeemed animals were killed at the pound. 

Hayden Wetzel is a retired federal worker with a long-standing love of the District and its historic places. Since retiring, he has researched and written numerous landmark nominations on the behalf of community organizations, and regularly authored studies of various aspects of Washington history. The present talk is based on a work in progress, "Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: A History of Animal Control in the District of Columbia from the Beginnings to about 1930.”


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