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Current Events

Wednesday, September 3rd 6:30pm

Scott Einberger for A HISTORY OF ROCK CREEK PARK: WILDERNESS & WASHINGTON, D.C.
and
Stephen R. McKevitt for MERIDIAN HILL: A HISTORY


A discussion from new books on two of DC's landmark green spaces.







Monday, September 8th 6:30pm

Kirstin Battista-Frazee for THE PORNOGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER


Join us for a reading and discussion with Kristin Battista-Frazee for her new book THE PORNOGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER .

Kristin Battista-Frazee was only four years old in 1974 when her father, Anthony Battista, was indicted by the federal government for distributing the now famous porn film Deep Throat. Kristin survived this family trauma to live a surprisingly normal life. But instead of leaving the past behind her, she developed a burning curiosity to understand her family's history.






Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30pm

Nicholas Dawidoff for COLLISION LOW CROSSERS


Celebrate the paperback release of Nicholas Dawidoff's best-selling COLLISION LOW CROSSERS. Dawidoff will be in-conversation with Mark Leibovitch author of THIS TOWN.

By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and non-fans alike in a book about football that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.






Sunday, September 14th at 7pm

Stuart Rojstaczer for THE MATHEMATICIAN'S SHIVA


"A brilliant and compelling family saga full of warmth, pathos, history, and humor." -Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here

When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace. But rumor has it the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré has solved one of the most difficult problems in all of mathematics, and has spitefully taken the solution to her grave. As a ragtag group of mathematicians from around the world descends upon Rachela's shiva, determined to find the proof or solve it for themselves-even if it means prying up the floorboards for notes or desperately scrutinizing the mutterings of her African Grey parrot-Sasha must come to terms with his mother's outsized influence on his life.



Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30

Vanessa Blakeslee for TRAIN SHOTS


Rendered in a style both generous and intelligent, the men and women at the center of these subtle stories are driven by their unusual predicaments and preoccupations. Rife with dark humor, Vanessa Blakeslee's debut story collection illuminates the idiosyncratic and the mundane in energetic, bristling prose that marks the arrival of a powerful new voice.



Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 on the Afterwords Café Mezzanine

Mark Ewert for THE GENEROSITY PATH


Join us for a casual happy hour event on the Afterwords Cafe mezzanine from 6:30-7:30. Mark Ewert will present his book and take questions on giving.

Financial giving can be its own spiritual path. We have a deep potential for meaning-making and life satisfaction when we look to grow from being occasional, haphazard donors to deliberate, ambitious ones--the life-changing transition from donor to philanthropist. With easy-to-read guidance, "The Generosity Path" sheds new light on our finances--connecting money to our values, beliefs, and loves--promoting skills and strategies in charitable giving.






Sunday, September 21st a 7pm

Ruben Castaneda for S STREET RISING


S Street Rising is more than a memoir; it's a portrait of a city in crisis. It's the adrenalin-infused story of the street where Castaneda quickly became a regular, and where a fledgling church led by a charismatic and streetwise pastor was protected by the local drug kingpin, a dangerous man who followed an old-school code of honor. It's the story of Castaneda's friendship with an exceptional police homicide commander whose career was derailed when he ran afoul of Mayor Marion Barry and his political cronies. And it's a study of the city itself as it tried to rise above the bloody crack epidemic and the corrosive politics of the Barry era.






Monday, September 22nd at 6:30

Ann Hagedorn for INVISIBLE SOLDIERS


The urgent truth about the privatization of America's national security that exposes where this industry came from, how it operates, where it's heading--and why we should be concerned.











Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30

Peter Mehlman for IT WON'T ALWAYS BE THIS GREAT


"During his eight-year tenure as a writer and producer on Seinfeld, Peter Mehlman made the mundane seem hilarious." -The Hollywood Reporter

Chock full of heart and humor, It Won't Always Be This Great, the debut novel of former Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman, shows how one man's story is never really his story alone it's the story of his family, of his friends, of those he neglected, of those he remembers, of his enemies, and of his hopes, failures, dreams, and realities. And how one snap decision can change the course of a life.



Monday, September 29th at 6:30

Earl Swift for AUTOBIOGRAPHY
and
Bill Morris MOTOR CITY BURNING


Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevy-a car that has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before his-while financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him.

Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic and an improbable, unforgettable hero.

Bill Morris's rich and thrilling new novel sets a detective's hunt amid the history of one of America's most tortured and fascinating cities and the struggle with Detroit's deep racial divide, with revenge and forgiveness and with the realization that justice is rarely attainable, and rarely just.



Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30

Ted Rall for AFTER WE KILL YOU, WE WILL WELCOME YOU BACK AS HONORED GUESTS


An unflinching account-in words and pictures-of America's longest war by an outspoken graphic journalist.

After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests is a singular account of one determined journalist's effort to bring the realities of life in twenty-first-century Afghanistan to the world in the best way he knows how: a mix of travelogue, photography, and award-winning comics.

Rall will be in-conversation with KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) the editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun.



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