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Christine Kitano and Timothy Denevi
The Writer's Center
Sun, September 7
Timothy Denevi reads from Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. He is joined by poet and Emerging Writer Fellowship recipient Christine Kitano, author of Birds of Paradise. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Sam Harris: Waking Up
GW Lisner Auditorium
Wed, September 10
For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
National Archives
Wed, September 10
The expansion of slavery in the decades after American independence, says historian Edward Baptist, drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew to become a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy trying to find ways to make slavery more profitable.
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered
National Archives
Fri, September 12
Best-selling author Lynne Cheney offers a new biography of James Madison, a modest man who audaciously changed the world.
Author Talk
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sun, September 14
Rachel Louise Snyder discusses and reads passages from her debut novel, What We’ve Lost is Nothing.
The Art of Suspense
The Writer's Center
Sun, September 14
The Writers Center presents The Art of Suspense, a Fall for the Book program about suspense writing with moderator Bethanne Patrick and novelists A.X. Ahmad, Ed Falco, James Grady, and Allison Leotta. This program will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Lincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War
National Archives
Mon, September 15
Todd Brewster, author of Lincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War, offers an authoritative account of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency, when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War.
Poet Lore Celebrates 125 Years of Literary Discovery
The Writer's Center
Mon, September 15
Poet Lore celebrates 125 years of literary discovery with poets Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, and Linda Pastan. A reception and book signing will follow the event.
America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community
National Archives
Thu, September 18
Robert Tsai, author of America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community, will discuss the history of alternative constitutions and those who refused to accept the Constitution’s definition of who “the people” are and how their authority should be exercised.
Grace Cavalieri and Rachel Mennies
The Writer's Center
Sun, September 21
Grace Cavalieri reads from two new books of poems, The Man Who Got Away and The Mandate of Heaven. She is joined by visiting poet Rachel Mennies, who reads from The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards.The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Sue Ellen Thompson and John Gery
The Writer's Center
Sun, September 28
Sue Ellen Thompson reads from They, her new collection of poems. She is joined by John Gery, author of Have at You Now!. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.