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Monday, March 30th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Garrett Peck for WALT WHITMAN IN WASHINGTON, DC


Walt Whitman was already famous for Leaves of Grass when he journeyed to the nation's capital at the height of the Civil War to find his brother George, a Union officer wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman eventually served as a volunteer "hospital missionary," making more than six hundred hospital visits and serving over eighty thousand sick and wounded soldiers in the next three years. With the 1865 publication of Drum-Taps, Whitman became poet laureate of the Civil War, aligning his legacy with that of Abraham Lincoln. He remained in Washington until 1873 as a federal clerk, engaging in a dazzling literary circle and fostering his longest romantic relationship, with Peter Doyle. Author Garrett Peck details the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital.






Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Jynne Dilling Martin for WE MAMMALS IN HOSPITABLE TIMES


We Mammals in Hospitable Times rushes headlong into an awfully dangerous planet: a spinning rock in outer space called Earth, where the smallest zoo animals are forgotten in fires, cats flee vacuums, lovers betray and abandon one another, basements flood as the globe warms, and an adopted parrot shrieks unfamiliar names. The narrator of these poems wavers between wary–"sometimes I mix up fear with hissed instructions"–and wide–eyed, wanting desperately to make sense of all this perplexing behavior.

Sometimes paranoid, occasionally manic, often very funny, these poems consult archaeologists, biologists, psychiatrists, encyclopedias and even aliens, trying to understand how so many disparate things can be interrelated. And even as the poet reaches some grim conclusions about our collective fate, this sense of doom only increases her awe at the strange and fleeting beauty that surrounds us, whether it be gams of satiny whales, the shiny pink hill made by microwaved bologna, or the cyanobacteria of an Antarctic lake radiating orange light.

With this highly anticipated debut, Jynne Dilling Martin delivers poetry that offer armfuls of empathy, curiosity, and spiritual force.



Wednesday, April 1st 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Tara Austen Weaver for ORCHARD HOUSE


For fans of Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving memoir of rediscovering, reinventing, and reconnecting, as an estranged mother and daughter come together to revive a long-abandoned garden and ultimately their relationship and themselves.











Tuesday, April 7th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Mary Louise Kelly for THE BULLET


From former NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly comes a heart-pounding story about fear, family secrets, and one woman's hunt for answers about the murder of her parents.












Wednesday, April 8th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Ron Rosbottom for WHEN PARIS WENT DARK


WHEN PARIS WENT DARK evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under Nazi occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources---memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies---Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.










Thursday, April 9th 6:30
Kramerbooks Presents Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan for THE ROYAL WE


American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.










Monday, April 13th 8:00
Kramerbooks Presents an Evening of Humorous Readings


What is it? It's an evening of humorous readings--like the kind you'd see in McSweeney's, or Shouts and Murmurs--live and in person.




Wednesday, April 15th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents The Art of Travel


Four experienced travel writers share their books and best advice for travelers of any stripe.




Sunday, April 19th 7:00pm
Kramerbooks Presents Amy Butcher for VISITING HOURS


VISITING HOURS is Amy Butcher's deeply personal, heart-wrenching exploration of how trauma affects memory and the way a friendship changes and often strengthens through seemingly insurmountable challenges. Ultimately, it's a testament to the bonds we share with others and the profound resilience and strength of the human spirit. Amy Butcher will be in conversation with Timothy Denevi, author of HYPER.











Monday, April 20th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Carla Power for IF THE OCEANS WERE INK


IF THE OCEANS WERE INK is Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship--between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh--had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.








Thursday, April 23rd 6:30pm
BYOB Book Drive


In honor of World Book Night 2015 you're invited to support literacy, clear out your bookshelves, and meet fellow booknerds. Bring a book (or a whole bunch) to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help Accio Books reach this year's goal of 50,000 books collected. BYOB is presented in partnership with Book Riot and the Harry Potter Alliance.




Saturday, April 25th 11:00am-5:00pm
World Book Day in Washington, DC


World Book Day was adopted by UNESCO in 1995 after the Catalan tradition of La Diada de Saint Jordi (Saint George's Day). Enjoy a book fair in Dupont Circle, donate books to charity, and exchange roses with the ones you love. Presented by Casal Catala, Washington, DC.




Sunday, April 26th 11:00am
Kramerbooks Presents Nora Poullion for MY ORGANIC LIFE
at The Dupont Circle Farmers Market


A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded America's first certified organic restaurant, My Organic Life is the story of an unheralded culinary pioneer who made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to the American table. This event is a signing only.











Monday, April 27th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Dorie Clark for STAND OUT


Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they'll be recognized as experts on the merits of their work. But that's simply not true anymore. To make a name for yourself, you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge and inspire others to listen and take action. But becoming a "thought leader" is a mysterious and opaque process. Where do the ideas come from, and how do they get noticed? Dorie Clark explains how to identify the ideas that set you apart and promote them successfully. The key is to recognize your own value, cultivate your expertise, and put yourself out there.








Tuesday, April 28th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Marcella Kriebel for MI COMIDA LATINA


A stunning, hand-lettered and fully cookbook featuring more than 100 authentic recipes collected from home kitchens across Latin America.

Discovered as a successful self-published Kickstarter project, Mi Comida Latina captures the warmth and depth of culinary traditions in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Puerto Rico. Artist/author Marcella Kriebel's vivid, charming watercolors accompany more than 100 recipes including arepas, tamales, ceviches, fish tacos, salsas, flan, spicy micheladas and icy watermelon paletas, plus traditional kitchen tools, techniques and practical tips for choosing and preparing mango, cactus, yucca, coconut and other produce. Every page is a joyous work of art.



Wednesday, April 29th 7:00pm
A Celebration of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks
at the Arts Club of Washington


The Arts Club of Washington and Kramerbooks are thrilled to celebrate the legacies of two famed authors, GWENDOLYN BROOKS and LANGSTON HUGHES, in honor of National Poetry Month.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was an influential writer and teacher, known for her frank depictions of midwestern and urban life, as well as her formal versatility and grace of phrasing. She was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her 1949 book ANNIE ALLEN, and she served as the 29th "Consultant in Poetry" to the Library of Congress from 1985 to 1986.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a poet, novelist, and playwright, and a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance. His time in D.C. was short--1924 to 1926--yet was also a critical phase preceding the publication of THE WEARY BLUES with Knopf. "My two years in Washington were unhappy years," he wrote in his memoir, THE BIG SEA, "except for poetry and the friends I made through poetry."

D.C. area writers and scholars will read favorite excerpts from both poets' verse and correspondence, with a historical perspective on these authors' legacies to contemporary literature.

Readers include:
Kyle Dargan
Venus Thrash
Dan Vera
Keith Leonard
Gowri Koneswaran

This event is free and open to the public, with a cash bar. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event.





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