Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

Lit on H St Book Club: Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied Sing

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Join Spines&Vines and Lupita.Reads for a relaxed evening discussing Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award-winning Sing, Unburied, Sing at the inaugural meeting of the Lit on H St book club!  Follow Lit on H St on Instagram for more information and updates.   

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600 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Robin Talley at Atlas Performing Arts Center

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Join us at Atlas Performing Arts Center's Intersections Festival for a conversation and book signing with New York Times bestselling Young Adult LGBTQ author Robin Talley, moderated by the Washington Post.

Robin Talley is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels for teen readers: Our Own Private UniverseAs I DescendedWhat We Left Behind and Lies We Tell Ourselves, all of which focus on LGBTQ characters. Her first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was the winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour and the Concorde Book Award. Her short stories have appeared in the young adult collections A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass GirlsFeral Youth and All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages, as well as the upcoming anthology Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife, their daughter, and an antisocial cat. She enjoys reading about queer characters, analyzing Disney movies, and chocolate. You can find her at www.robintalley.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing at the theater. 

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Atlas Performing Arts Center
Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Emily Dufton - Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

In Grass Roots, historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana’s path from acceptance to demonization and back again, and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life’s work. In the last five years, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. Yet pot was on a similar trajectory 40 years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. Marijuana advocates retooled their message, promoting pot as a medical necessity and declaring legalization a matter of racial justice. For the moment, these activists are succeeding--but marijuana's history suggests how swiftly another counterrevolution could unfold. Grass Roots highlights how the pot debate involves ideas at the core of many debates about American democracy--freedom, public health, social justice, identity--and details what marijuana has meant to us, both historically and today.

Emily Dufton will be joined in conversation by John Hudak, deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management and a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. 

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

William Stixrud & Ned Johnson - The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

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A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking any real motivation. Many complained that they had no control over their lives. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn’t mean giving up your authority as a parent. In this groundbreaking book they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, stress-proof and ready to take on new challenges. 

"It is not an overstatement to say that this is one of the most radical and important books on raising healthy, resilient, purpose-driven kids." - Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege

"An invaluable resource for the thinking parent." - Lisa Damour, Untangled

"Compelling, revolutionary, and wise, The Self-Driven Child'smessage is one every parent needs to hear." --Tina Payne Bryson, co-author of The Whole Brain Child

"Read it. Your children will thank you." - Paul Tough, How Children Succeed

William Stixrud, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. He lectures widely on the adolescent brain, meditation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He has published several influential scientific articles and is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, a tutoring service in Washington, D.C. and the coauthor of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed. A sought-after speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, and anxiety management, his work has been featured on NPR, NewsHour, U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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The Self-Driven Child is presented in partnership with The Parent Encouragement Program.  

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Lars Kepler: The Sandman

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Solid State Books and the Embassy of Sweden present an evening with Lars Kepler for The Sandman

The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering alone, after having gone missing thirteen years earlier along with his younger sister. The siblings were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, who is now serving a life sentence in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. But now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman.

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their internationally best-selling Joona Linna series has sold more than ten million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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6:30 p.m. - Join us for a glass of wine and to meet the authors and mingle. 

7 p.m. - The authors will read, followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

The event is FREE with the option to purchase a book. Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 

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The Apollo, 600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

David Webber - The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon

In Conversation with Elliot Williams

In The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, David Webber shines a light on labor’s most potent remaining weapon: its multitrillion-dollar pension funds. Outmaneuvered at the bargaining table and under constant assault in Washington and the courts, worker organizations are beginning to exercise muscle through markets. Shareholder activism has been used to divest from anti-labor companies, gun makers, and tobacco; diversify corporate boards; support Occupy Wall Street; force global warming onto the corporate agenda; create jobs; and challenge outlandish CEO pay. In this rare good-news story for American workers, Webber argues that workers have found in labor’s capital a potent strategy against their exploiters. He explains the tactics’ difficulties even as he cautions that corporate interests are already working to deny labor’s access to this powerful and underused tool, and shows how workers can wield their own capital to reclaim their strength.

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Rania Abouzeid - No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

In conversation with Peter Bergen, author of United States of Jihad

This eye-opening book by the prize-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country. Beginning with the first rumblings of dissent in 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict and shows the unravelling of a nation: peaceful protests in Damascus collapsing into violence, families on both sides shattered by nighttime shellings, and religious conviction sharpened by rage to a radical point. Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad’s prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters.

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This event is in partnership with New America's Fellows Program

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Mar
18
10:30 AM10:30

Isabel Roxas: The Littlest Viking

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Sven might be the littlest Viking, but he has no trouble making himself known. He has the loudest warrior cry and the fiercest set of teeth. He loves to pillage and plunder. But there’s a new kid in town—a warrior princess, who is smaller than Sven and even louder. What’s a little Viking to do? 
Ages 4-7

Join illustrator Isabel Roxas for a creative story time, live drawing demo, and signing of her newest book.  

Isabel Roxas is the littlest of her tribe. She is an artist with a taste for the odd and uncommon and for tales that go awry. She has illustrated several books including Let Me Finish! with author Minh Lê and A Day in the Market with May Tobias-Papa. When Isabel is not crafting pictures and stories, she is making little creatures out of clay. Learn more about Isabel online at studioroxas.com or on Instagram at @studioroxas.

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Anna Badkhen: Fisherman's Blues

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Once upon a time fishermen who launched their pirogues from the coast of Senegal could dip their hands into the ocean and pull out fish as big as their thighs. But in an Atlantic decimated by overfishing and climate change, fish are harder and harder to find. Here, Badkhen discovers, all boundaries are permeable–between land and sea, between myth and truth, even between storyteller and story. Fisherman’s Blues immerses us in a community navigating a time of unprecedented environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval with resilience, ingenuity, and wonder.

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Nye: All the Castles Burned

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When Owen Webb, the son of working-class parents, receives a scholarship to the prestigious Rockcastle Preparatory Academy, the mysterious and enigmatic Carson Bly, an upperclassman from a wealthy and powerful family, befriends him. Their friendship, deepened through a love of basketball, becomes an obsession for Owen, who is desperate to avoid the growing trouble at home between his parents. When Owen's father is arrested for a shocking and unexpected crime, his family is torn apart, and Owen's anger and fear are carefully manipulated by Carson's mercurial and increasingly dangerous personality. Owen, who has fallen in love with Carson's beautiful but troubled sister, quickly finds himself caught up in a complex web of lies that threatens his once-promising future.

Michael Nye was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University, where he graduated with a BA in English Literature, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned his MFA in creative writing. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary ReviewBoulevardCincinnati Review, Crab Orchard ReviewEpochKenyon ReviewNew SouthNormal SchoolSou’wester, and South Dakota Review, among many others. His work has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives with his wife in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Cynan Jones: Cove

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Out at sea, in a sudden storm, a man is struck by lightning. When he wakes, injured and adrift on a kayak, his memory of who he is and how he came to be here is all but shattered.  He will need to rely on his instincts, resilience, and imagination to get safely back to the woman he dimly senses is waiting for his return. This is an extraordinary, visceral portrait of a man locked in a struggle with the forces of nature.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels: The Long Dry;Everything I Found on the Beach; Bird, Blood, Snow; The Dig; and Cove. His work has been published in more than twenty countries and his short stories have appeared in publications including Granta and The New Yorker. He has won a Betty Trask Award, a Jerwood Fiction Prize, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, and the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award. He has been long-listed for the Kirkus Prize, the Warwick Prize, and the Europese Literatuurprijs, and short-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. www.cynanjones.com

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Katherine Heiny: Standard Deviation

In Conversation with Jennifer Close, author of The Hopefuls

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Now available in paperback, Heiny’s debut novel is a witty exploration of the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken. When Graham Cavanaugh divorced his first wife it was to marry his girlfriend, Audra, who is garrulous, messy, spontaneous—and the opposite of his first wife.  Audra firmly believes that through the sheer force of her personality she can overcome the most socially challenging interactions, shepherding her 10 year-old son, who has Asperger’s, through awkward playdates and origami club, and even deciding to establish a friendship with Graham’s first wife Elspeth. And as Graham and Audra share dinners, holidays, and late glasses of wine with his first wife, he begins to reconsider his choices, his past and his future. Heiny, author of the acclaimed short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow, has written a novel as poignant as it is hilarious. 

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Corey Pein: Live Work Work Work Die

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A scathing exploration into the heart of Silicon Valley, laying bare the greed, hubris, and retrograde politics of an industry that aspires to radically transform society for its own benefit

At the height of the startup boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal: to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has. Determined to cut through the clichés of big tech—the relentless optimism, the incessant repetition of vacuous buzzwords—Pein decided that he would need to take an approach as unorthodox as the companies he would soon be covering. To truly understand the delirious reality of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he knew, he would have to inhabit that perspective—he would have to become an entrepreneur. Thus he begins his journey—skulking through gimmicky tech conferences, pitching his over-the-top business ideas to investors, and interviewing a cast of outrageous characters: cyborgs and con artists, Teamsters and transhumanists, jittery hackers and naive upstart programmers whose entire lives are managed by their employers—who work endlessly and obediently, never thinking to question their place in the system.

In showing us this frantic world, Pein challenges the positive self-image that the tech tycoons have crafted—as benevolent creators of wealth and opportunity—to reveal their self-justifying views and their insidious visions for the future. Vivid and incisive, Live Work Work Work Die is a troubling portrait of a self-obsessed industry bent on imposing its disturbing visions on the rest of us.

600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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May
12
10:30 AM10:30

Barbara Kanninen: Circle Rolls

Join author Barbara Kanninen for storytime with her latest book, Circle Rolls.  Kids can participate in the story and make shapes with craft materials. 

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When Circle rolls into one of Triangle's points and pops, chaos momentarily ensues until Octagon's "Stop!" brings everyone to their senses. An effortlessly rhyming text introduces us to a collection of shapes and subtly weaves their physical characteristics into traits that both lead to and solve a would-be catastrophe. Master illustrator Serge Bloch's shapes are accompanied by a chorus of miniature people who play along, creating the perfect complement to Barbara Kanninen's economy of words. Worthy of comparison to Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece, this raucous chain of events is satisfyingly cyclical, ending just exactly where it began.

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600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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