D.C.-Area Readings

Note 7/6/2013: These listings are no longer being updated.

Despite the loss of numerous local bookstores in recent years, there are still plenty of opportunities to see authors in person in the D.C. area.

Many but not all events are free. I encourage you to contact the venue regarding admission charges, or to confirm that the event is happening; I draw information for these listings from venue websites, which may be inaccurate. Contact info for venues that regularly host events is at the bottom of the page.

These listings are by no means complete. The D.C. area has countless think tanks that often host authors; I include some of those events here as I come across them, but the weekly DC Linktank newsletter is a great resource for fuller listings. The literary journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly maintains an excellent page with updates on local reading series, with a special focus on (as you might guess) area poets.

If you’re an author coming to town, or if you’re affiliated with a bookstore or other venue hosting a reading and you’d like to be included here, please drop me a line. The listings are updated every Saturday.

June 16
Sean Enright, Nearly True: Selected Poems 1990-2012; Bernadette Geyer, The Scabbard of Her Throat (Writer’s Center)
Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club (Politics & Prose)

June 17
Mindy Mitchell and Edward Land, Lube of Life: A Tribute to Sex, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Boomer Age (One More Page Books)
George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Politics & Prose)

June 18
Elissa Altman, Poor Man’s Feast (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
Taylor Branch, The King Years (Busboys & Poets 14th & V)
Joseph J. Ellis, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Politics & Prose)
Deepak Lal, Poverty and Progress: Realities and Myths About Global Poverty (Cato Institute)
Michael Pocalyko, The Navigator (Barnes & Noble Downtown)
Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club (Arlington Central Library)

June 19
Susan Allen, The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief (Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner)
Steve Berry, The King’s Deception (National Press Club)
Alfredo Corchado, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent Into Darkness (Busboys & Poets 14th & V)
Sahar Delijani, Children of the Jacaranda Tree (One More Page Books)
Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, The Metropolitan Revolution (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health (Smithsonian Associates)

June 20
Daniel Bergner, What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire (Politics & Prose)
Donald J. Devine, America’s Way Back (Heritage Foundation)
Andrew Jampoler, Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN (National Archives)
John Muller, Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia (Library of Congress)
Maryanne O’Hara, Cascade (One More Page Books)

June 21
Brandi Forte, Free (Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Road NE, 202-281-2583)
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, via Politics & Prose)
Brendan I. Koerner, The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking (Politics & Prose)
Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America (Cato Institute)
Rich Lowry, Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream–and How We Can Do It Again (Heritage Foundation)

June 22
Audrey Niffenegger, Raven Girl (Politics & Prose)
Jessica Spotswood, Star Cursed (One More Page Books)

June 23
Andrew Jampoler, Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN (One More Page Books)
Mary Louise Kelly, Anonymous Sources (Politics & Prose)

June 24
Marianne Elliott, Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War (One More Page Books)
Diana West, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (Politics & Prose)

June 25
Curtis Sittenfeld, Sisterland (Politics & Prose)

June 26
Richard R. Beeman, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774–1776 (National Archives)
George Ciccariello-Maher, We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Busboys & Poets 14th & V)
Michael Kamber, Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories From Iraq (Corcoran Gallery of Art)
Anchee Min, The Cooked Seed: A Memoir (Politics & Prose)
Forrest Pritchard, Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm (Arlington Central Library, One More Page Books)

June 28
Stuart Butler, Defending the Old Dominion: Virginia and its Militia in the War of 1812 (National Archives)

June 29
A.X. Ahmad, The Caretaker; Rae Bryant, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals; Alyson Foster, God Is an Astronaut; Dave Housley, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home; Tyler Mills, Tongue Lyre; Glen Finland, Next Stop (Writer’s Center)
Roxana Robinson, Sparta (Politics & Prose)
Laura Ellen Scott, Death Wishing; Tara Laskowski, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons (One More Page Books)
Mason Williams, City of Ambition: FDR, Laguardia, and the Making of Modern New York (Politics & Prose)
Marion Winik, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living (Politics & Prose)

June 30
Courtney Angela Brkic, The First Rule of Swimming (Politics & Prose)
Harold Holzer, The Civil War in 50 Objects (Politics & Prose)

July 1
Bill Walsh, Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk (Politics & Prose)

July 2
Jonathan Alter, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Politics & Prose)

July 6
Contributors, Baseball Prospectus 2013 (Politics & Prose)

July 7
Marvin Kalb, The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed (Politics & Prose)

July 8
Mark Gerchick, Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today (Politics & Prose)

July 9
Anton Piatigorsky, The Iron Bridge: Short Stories of 20th Century Dictators as Teenagers (Politics & Prose)

July 10
Jami Attenberg, The Middlesteins (Politics & Prose)
Brad Thor, Hidden Order (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)

July 11
Cathleen Schine, Fin & Lady (Politics & Prose)

July 12
Martin Walker, The Devil’s Cave (Politics & Prose)

July 13
Jessica Anya Blau, The Wonder Bread Summer; Karen Sagstetter, The Thing With Willie: Stories of Two Families (Politics & Prose)
Stan Hinden, How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire (Politics & Prose)
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked (Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th Street NW, 202-671-3121)

July 14
P.J. Hoover, Solstice (Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner)
Julie Wakeman-Linn, Chasing the Leopard Finding the Lion; Susi Wyss, The Civilized World; Glen Retief, The Jack Bank (Writer’s Center)
Kent Wascom, The Blood of Heaven (Politics & Prose)
Glen Weldon, Superman: The Unauthorized Biography (Politics & Prose)

July 15
Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells (Politics & Prose)

July 16
Jennifer Pharr Davis, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph (Politics & Prose)

July 17
Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life (Arlington Central Library)
Oliver Sacks, Illuminations (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
Orville Schell and John Delury, Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (Politics & Prose)

July 18
J. Courtney Sullivan, The Engagements (Politics & Prose)
Marion Winik, Highs in the Low 50s: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living; Ophira Eisenberg, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)

July 19
Maury Klein, A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II (Politics & Prose)

July 20
Mark Edward Harris, North Korea and South Korea (Newseum)
Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, The Metropolitan Revolution (Politics & Prose)
Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well (Politics & Prose)

July 21
Katherine Hill, The Violet Hour (Politics & Prose)
Ken Ludwig, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Politics & Prose)

July 22
Koethi Zan, The Never List (Politics & Prose)

July 23
Mark Leibovich, This Town (Politics & Prose)

July 24
Mark Kurlansky, Ready For a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America (Politics & Prose)
Daniel Silva, The English Girl (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)

July 25
Philipp Meyer, The Son (Politics & Prose)
Daniel Silva, The English Girl (Barnes & Noble Bethesda)
Robert Wolke, What Einstein Kept Under His Hat: Secrets of Science in the Kitchen (Smithsonian Associates)

July 27
Matt Davies, Ben Rides On (Politics & Prose)

July 28
Bonnie Benwick, Washington Post Cookbook (Politics & Prose)

July 29
Barbara A. Perry, Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch (Politics & Prose)

July 30
Wil Haygood, Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson (Politics & Prose)

August 3
M.J. O’Brien, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired (Newseum)

September 21
National Book Festival (National Mall)

September 22
National Book Festival (National Mall)

September 28
Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)


Arlington Central Library
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA

Shirlington Public Library
4200 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA

Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle NW #700
Washington DC

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW
Washington, DC

Barnes & Noble Alexandria
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway
Alexandria, VA

Barnes & Noble Arlington
2800 Clarendon Boulevard Suite 500
Arlington, VA

Barnes & Noble Bethesda
4801 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD

Barnes & Noble Bowie
15455 Emerald Way
Bowie, MD

Barnes & Noble Downtown
555 12th Streeet NW
Washington, DC

Barnes & Noble Fairfax
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA

Barnes & Noble Gaithersburg
21 Grand Corner Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD

Barnes & Noble Reston
1851 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA

Barnes & Noble Rockville
12089 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD

Barnes & Noble Springfield
6646 Loisdale Road
Springfield, VA

Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner
7851 L. Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA

Barnes & Noble Potomac Yard
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway
Alexandria, VA

Barnes & Noble Seven Corners
6260 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA

Bridge Street Books
2814 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Busboys & Poets 14th & V (@busboysandpoets)
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Busboys & Poets 5th & K
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

Busboys & Poets Hyattsville
5331 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 104
Hyattsville, MD

Busboys & Poets Shirlington
4251 South Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC

George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA

The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC

The George Washington University Marvin Center
800 21st Street NW
Washington DC

Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (@hillcenterdc)
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC

Historical Society of Washington, DC
801 K Street NW
Washington, DC

Hooray for Books
1555 King Street, Suite 101
Alexandria, VA

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW)
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD

Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice (@TheLannanCenter)
Georgetown University
New North 306
Washington, DC

Library of Congress (@librarycongress)
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW
Washington, DC

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC 20024

National Archives (@archives_gov)
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

National Geographic Society
1600 M Street NW
Washington, DC

National Portrait Gallery
F Street and 8th Street NW
Washington, DC

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Newseum (@Newseum)
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

One More Page Books (@justonemorepage)
2200 N. Westmoreland Street
Arlington, VA

Politics & Prose (@Politics_Prose)
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Reiter’s Books
1900 G St. NW
Washington, DC

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (@sixthandi)
600 I St. NW
Washington, DC

Smithsonian Associates
1100 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, DC

Washington DC Jewish Community Center (@16thstreetj)
1529 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC

Woman’s National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

The Writer’s Center (@writerscenter)
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD

3 responses to “D.C.-Area Readings

  1. Steven Troxel

    You are providing a great service. Thanks!

  2. Lawrence Tate

    The readings list is missing an appearance that Andrew Young (the veteran civil-rights leader and former UN Ambassador, not John Edwards’s ex-flunky) is doing at Politics & Prose next Thursday, April 29, to promote a book he wrote with his godson (who will also be there).

    The City Paper’s listing states that Bill Clinton will be at the event as well – the 42nd Prez wrote the book’s intro – but since P&P’s own site sure doesn’t have that, I assume there was a misunderstanding at the CP.

    Nonetheless, there might be an upside to having old Bill there. For one thing, his Secret Service detail would come in handy to fill any empty seats.