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Monday, August 31st 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Helen McClory for ON THE EDGES OF VISION
and Laurie Foos for THE BLUE GIRL


In On the Edges of Vision, unease sounds itself in the language of legend. Images call on memory, on the monstrous self. In Helen McClory's daring debut collection, the skin prickles against sweeps of light or darkness, the fantastic or the frightful; deep water, dark woods, or scattered flesh in desert sand. Whether telling of a boy cyclops or a pretty dead girl, drowned sailors or the devil himself, each story draws the reader towards not bleakness but a tale half-told, a truth half-true: that the monster is human, and only wants to reach out and take you by the hand.

In The Blue Girl, in a small lakeside town, mothers bake their secrets into moon pies they feed to a silent blue girl. Their daughters have secrets too-that they can't sleep, that they might sleep with a neighbor boy, that they know more than they let on. But when the daughters find the blue girl, everyone's carefully held silences shake loose.




Tuesday, September 1st 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Chris Elzey and David K. Wiggins for DC SPORTS: The Nation's Capital at Play


Washington, DC, is best known for its politics and monuments, but sport has always been an integral part of the city, and Washingtonians are among the country's most avid sports fans. DC Sports gathers seventeen essays examining the history of sport in the nation's capital, from turn-of-the-century venues such as the White Lot, Griffith Stadium, and DC Memorial Stadium to Howard-Lincoln Thanksgiving Day football games of the roaring twenties; from the surprising season of the 1969 Washington Senators to the success of Georgetown basketball during the 1980s. This collection covers the field, including public recreation, high-school athletics, intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, sports journalism, and sports promotion.





Wednesday, September 2nd 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Delphine Schrank for REBEL OF RANGOON


When Burma was still sealed to foreign journalists, Delphine Schrank spent four years underground reporting among dissidents as they struggled to free their country. From prison cells and safe houses, The Rebel of Rangoon follows the inner life of Nway and his comrades to describe that journey, revealing in the process how a movement of dissidents came into being, how it almost died, and how it pushed its government to crack apart and begin an irreversible process of political reform. The result is a profoundly human exploration of daring and defiance and the power and meaning of freedom.

and Kimberly Burge for BORN FREES
Born into post-apartheid South Africa, the young women of the townships around Cape Town still face daunting challenges. Their families and communities have been ravaged by poverty, violence, sexual abuse, and AIDS. Yet, as Kimberly Burge discovered when she set up a writing group in the township of Gugulethu, the spirit of these girls outshines their circumstances.



Tuesday, September 8th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Jeff Smith for MR. SMITH GOES TO PRISON


Jeff Smith will be in conversation with Martin Austermuhle, Web Producer and Reporter, for WAMU.

WAMU 88.5 public radio is part of your world, and now we're in your bookstore. We know listeners like to read and so do we. WAMU reporters, producers and anchors will be coming to Kramerbooks to talk with some of your favorite authors. And, as always, you will be part of the conversation. The fall from politico to prisoner isn't necessarily long, but the landing, as Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith learned, is a hard one.

In 2009, Smith lied to the Feds about seemingly minor campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in Kentucky's FCI Manchester. Mr. Smith Goes to Prison is the fish-out-of-water story of his time in the big house; of the people he met there and the things he learned: how to escape the attentions of fellow inmates, like a tattooed Klansman and his friends in the Aryan Brotherhood; what constitutes a prison car and who's allowed to ride in yours; how to bend and break the rules, whether you're a prisoner or an officer. And throughout his sentence, the senator tracked the greatest crime of all: the deliberate waste of untapped human potential.




Wednesday, September 9th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Jen Chaney for AS IF: The Oral History of Clueless
as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew


Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the classic film's release in the first book of its kind, weaving together original interviews with writer and director Amy Heckerling; key cast members, including Alicia Silverstone (Cher), Paul Rudd (Josh), Stacey Dash (Dionne), Donald Faison (Murray), Elisa Donovan (Amber), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall), Twink Caplan (Ms. Geist and associate producer); and other crucial Clueless players like costume designer Mona May, casting director Marcia Ross, director of photography Bill Pope, former Paramount chairwoman Sherry Lansing, and many more. Cast and crew also pay heartfelt tribute to the late Brittany Murphy, who lit up the screen as Cher's protegee, Tai.





Wednesday, September 16th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Ellen Urbani for LANDFALL


Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani's breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.






Monday, September 21st 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Carmiel Banasky for THE SUICIDE OF CLAIRE BISHOP


The Suicide of Claire Bishop is a dazzling debut, evocative of Michael Cunningham's The Hours (and Virginia Woolf's classic Mrs. Dalloway), as well as Donna Tartt's bestseller The Goldfinch. With high stakes that reach across American history, Carmiel Banasky effortlessly juggles balls of madness, art theft, and Time itself, holding the reader in a thrall of language and personal consequences. Daring, sexy, emotional, The Suicide of Claire Bishop heralds Banasky as an important new talent.









Monday, September 28th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Kate Harding for ASKING FOR IT:
The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do about It


In Asking for It, Kate Harding combines in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. Drawing on real-world examples of what feminists call "rape culture" — from politicos' revealing gaffes to institutional failures in higher education and the military — Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.







Tuesday, September 29th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Tim Denevi for HYPER: A Personal History of ADHD


The first book of its kind, this compelling and moving memoir about what it's like to be a child with ADHD also explains the history of the diagnosis and how we have come to medicate more than four million children today.

Riveting, thought-provoking, and deeply intelligent, this is a remarkable book both for it's sensitive portrait of a child's experience as well as for it's ability to illuminate a remarkably complex and controversial mental condition. Rick Lavoie, author of It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend, says Hyper is "a significant and singular contribution to our field."






Wednesday, September 30th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Theresa Brown for THE SHIFT: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients Lives


A moving story unfolds in real time as practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown reveals the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. She lets us experience all the life that happens in just one day in a busy teaching hospital's oncology ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Every day, Theresa Brown holds these lives in her hands.








Monday, October 5th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Elisabeth Egan for A WINDOW OPENS


This event is presented with The Women's National Book Association in celebration of National Reading Group Month. In A Window Opens, beloved books editor at Glamour magazine Elisabeth Egan brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as "wearing many hats" and wishes you wouldn't, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers—an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life—seems suddenly within reach.

And Laura Dave for EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES

In Eight Hundred Grapes, this breakout novel from an author who "positively shines with wisdom and intelligence" (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You), Laura Dave "writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she's describing siblings or fiances or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life's work" (J. Courtney Sullivan, Maine).



Tuesday, October 6th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Marlon James for A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS

in conversation with Tayla Burney, Producer at The Kojo Nnamdi Show

In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling novel of dazzling ambition and scope.

WAMU 88.5 public radio is part of your world, and now we're in your bookstore. We know listeners like to read and so do we. WAMU reporters, producers and anchors will be coming to Kramerbooks to talk with some of your favorite authors. And, as always, you will be part of the conversation.






Wednesday, October 7th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Rachel B. Glaser for PAULINA AND FRAN


A story of friendship, art, sex, and curly hair: an audaciously witty debut tracing the pas de deux of lust and love between two young, uncertain, conflicted art students.

and Amber Sparks for MAY WE SHED THESE HUMAN BODIES

May We Shed These Human Bodies peers through vast spaces and skies with the world's most powerful telescope to find humanity: wild and bright and hard as diamonds. Here is humanity building: families reconstruct themselves, mothers fashion babies from two-by-fours and nails, boys make a mother out of leaves and twigs and wishes. Here is humanity tearing down: a wife sets her house on fire in revenge, a young girl plots to kill the ghosts that stalk her, a dying man takes the whole human race with him. Here is humanity transforming: feral children, cannibalistic seniors, animal wives—a whole sideshow's worth of oddballs and freaks.



Monday, October 12th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz for YOU BLEW IT


Humankind is doomed. Especially you.

It's already too late. From overstaying your welcome at a party, to leaving passive-aggressive post-its on your roommate's belongings, to letting your date know the extent of the internet reconnaissance you did on them — you're destined to embarrass yourself again and again. In You Blew It!, Josh Gondelman, comedian and co-creator of the "Modern Seinfeld" twitter account, teams up with Joe Berkowitz, an equally wry and ruthless social-observer, to dissect a range of painfully hilarious faux pas. Breaking down the code violations of modern culture — particularly our fervent, ridiculous addiction to technology — Gondelman and Berkowitz will keep you laughing as they explore how social blunders are simply part of the mystery that is you.




Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Thomas Mallon for FINALE


Adding to a fiction chronicle that has already spanned American history from the Lincoln assassination to the Watergate scandal, Thomas Mallon now brings to life the tumultuous administration of the most consequential and enigmatic president in modern times.











Thursday, October 15th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks and Hillyer Art Space Present Campfire Tales


In celebration of Halloween, join us for a reading of classic and contemporary ghost stories around a "campfire" at Hillyer Art Space.

Bring your own blankets to sit on and/or use to cover your face in fear!

Sign up now to read selections from Goosebumps, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and more. All readers will receive a Kramerbooks t-shirt, pint glass or mug! To enlist, email sarah@kramers.com with the subject line Campfire Tales.

This event is free and open to the public but donations to Hillyer Art Space are encouraged.

Beer and wine will be provided by Kramerbooks & Afterwords. Homemade popcorn will be provided by Hillyer Art Space.

Books of ghost stories will be for sale.



Monday, October 19th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Gavin McCrea for Mrs. Engels

In partnership with Solas Nua and Catapult Press

Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea's first novel, the unsung Lizzie is finally given a voice that won't be forgotten.










Wednesday, October 21st 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents David Locke Hall for CRACK99


In conversation with Chris Chester, Web Producer and Reporter at WAMU 88.5

The utterly gripping story of the most outrageous case of cyber piracy prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.










Monday, October 26th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents David Greene for MIDNIGHT IN SIBERIA


Travels with NPR host David Greene along the Trans-Siberian Railroad capture an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin.

Far away from the trendy cafes, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists.









Wednesday, October 28th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Hal Niedzviecki for TREES ON MARS


What is it like to live in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next? In Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, cultural critic and indie entrepreneur Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should "create the future," arguing that the short-term purview of innovation is not always as effective as we think it is.












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