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
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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