October Literary Events

 

Get that calendar handy.

 

FESTIVALS

October 18-28: The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

 

OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS

 Busboys & Poets
Every Tuesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 14th & V
Every Wednesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 5th & K
Every Monday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm @ Shirlington
Every Thursday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ Hyattsville
Every Monday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ Brookland

*Check website for other monthly open mic events.

 

READINGS/BOOK SIGNINGS/TALKS

Tuesday, October 4
6:30pm—Jane Alison: Nine Island (Fiction Reading) @ Kramerbooks
7:00pm—Tom Rinaldi: The Red Bandanna (Creative Nonfiction Reading) @ Politics & Prose

 

Wednesday, October 5
5:00pm—Jung Yun: Shelter (Book Reading/Signing) @ Busboys and Poets, 5th & K
6:30pm—Jen Michalski & Ron Tanner (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Reading) @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V

 

Thursday, October 6
6:00pm—Brenda L. Moore: To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African American WACs Stationed Overseas during World War II (Lecture/Book Signing) @ National Postal Museum (Free w/Registration)

 

Friday, October 7
7:00pm—Tracy Kidder (Fiction Reading) @ Politics & Prose

 

Saturday, October 8
3:30pm—Nell Zink: Nicotine (Fiction Reading) @ Politics & Prose
6:00pm—Keith Donohue (Fiction Reading) @ Politics & Prose

 

Monday, October 10
6:30pm—James Boice: The Shooting (Fiction Reading) @ Kramerbooks
6:30pm—Walter Mosley: Folding the Red into the Black (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Talk) @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V

 

Friday, October 14
6:00pm—Free Folger Friday: Theodore Leinwand on Writers Reading Shakespeare @ Folger Theatre (Free w/RSVP)
7:00pm—Tom Shroder: The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived (Creative Nonfiction Reading/Talk) @ Politics & Prose

 

Saturday, October 15
6:00pm—Ruth Franklin: Shirley Jackson – A Rather Haunted Life (Creative Nonfiction Reading/Talk) @ Politics & Prose

 

Monday, October 17
6:30pm—Roy Scranton: War Porn (Fiction Reading) @ Kramerbooks
7:30pm—Sharon Olds (Poetry Reading) @ Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Tuesday, October 18
6:30pm—Jan Fedarcyk: Fidelity (Fiction Reading) @ Kramerbooks
6:30pm—Gloria J. Browne-Marshall: The Voting Right War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Fight for Justice (Book Talk and Fundraiser for National Press Club) @ National Press Club ($10 tickets)
7:30pm—The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series (Readings by a Featured Artist and Multiple Local Artists) @ Colony Club

 

Wednesday, October 19
7:00pm—Brit Bennett: The Mothers (Fiction Reading/Talk) @ Politics & Prose

 

Thursday, October 20
6:30pm—Chuck Raasch: Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of Gettysburg (Book Talk and Fundraiser for National Press Club) @ National Press Club ($10 tickets)
7:30pm—The Eudora Welty Lecture: Salman Rushdie (Fiction Talk) @ The National Cathedral ($24 tickets)

 

Saturday, October 22
1:00pm—Taraji P. Henson: This Cookie Doesn’t Crumble (Evening Program w/Book Signing) @ Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center ($40-$50 tickets)

 

Monday, October 24
6:30pm—Phoebe Robinson: You Can’t Touch My Hair (Creative Nonfiction Reading) @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
6:30pm—Tim Wu: Attention Merchants (Fiction Reading) @ Kramerbooks
7:30pm—Eavan Boland and Austin Allen (Poetry Reading) @ Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Tuesday, October 25
6:30pm—Daniel Jose Older with Jason Reynolds (Fiction Reading/Talk) @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
7:00pm—T.C. Boyle: The Terranauts (Fiction Reading/Talk) @ Politics & Prose

 

Thursday, October 27
7:00pm—Supreme Court Justice Stephen C. Breyer (Evening Program w/Book Signing) @ Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center ($30-$40 tickets)

 

Saturday, October 29
6:00pm—Daniel Menaker: the African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings that Make Surprising Sense (Reading) @ Politics & Prose

 

Monday, October 31
7:00pm—Jonathan F.P. Rose: The Well Tempered City (Creative Nonfiction Talk) @ Politics & Prose

 

 

Karen Keating is a staff editor at Café Américain and a second-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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