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November Literary Events

November Literary Events


Salman Rushdie last month, Zadie Smith this month—sheesh, it’s great to live in D.C.



Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, MD



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.



Tuesday, November 1

10:00am—Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Fiction Reading/Talk) @Library of Congress, Young Readers Center

Wednesday, November 2

6:30pm—Split This Rock Poetry Workshop @ Split This Rock (Free)

7:00pm—Eimear McBride: The Lesser Bohemians (Fiction Reading) @ Politics & Prose

Thursday, November 3

7:00pm—Maria Semple: Today Will Be Different (Fiction Reading) @ Politics & Prose

7:00pm—Evening of Poetry: David Beaudouin, Don Berger & Chris Mason (Poetry Reading) @ The Ivy Bookshop

Saturday, November 5

1:00pm—Pythia Peay: American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country (Creative Nonfiction Talk) @ DAR Library

Monday, November 7

6:30pm—Vanessa Hua, Tom Clynes, and Rion Amilcar Scott (Fiction Reading) @ Kramerbooks

Tuesday, November 8

7:00pm—Writers & Words Reading (Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Reading) @ Charmington’s

Thursday, November 10

7:00pm—Katharine Noel: Meantime (Fiction Reading) @ The Ivy Bookshop

Saturday, November 12

3:00pm—Veteran Return Home: Anthology Reading (Nonfiction Reading) @ The Writer’s Center

Monday, November 14

7:30pm—Meir Shaley: Two She-Bears (Book Reading) @ Edlavitch DCJCC ($20-$25 tickets)

Tuesday, November 15

6:00pm—The Writing Seminars Presents: Esi Edugyan (Fiction Reading) @ Johns Hopkins University

7:00pm—Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Justice Sonya Sotomayor (Talk & Book Signing) @ Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (Free)

Wednesday, November 16

12:00pm—Larrie D. Ferreiro: Brothers at Arms (Creative Nonfiction Talk) @ DAR Library

1:00pm—Words Out Loud (Poetry Reading/Workshop) @ Waxter Center for Senior Citizens

5:30pm—Split This Rock Poetry Workshop @ Split This Rock (Free)

Thursday, November 17

6:30pm—Tyehimba Jess and Robin Coste Lewis (Poetry Reading) @ Phillips Collection

7:00pm—Zadie Smith: Swing Time (Fiction Reading/Talk) @ Sixth & I. (Tickets required)

7:30pm—Lawrence Douglas: The Right Wrong Man (Book Reading) @ Edlavitch DCJCC (Free w/RSVP)

Sunday, November 20

5:00pm—Split This Rock: Sunday Kind of Love (Poetry Performance) @ Busboys & Poets

Tuesday, November 29

7:00pm—An Evening of Poetry: Gary Blankenburg, Katherine Cottle & Bill Jones (Poetry Reading) @ The Ivy Bookshop

Wednesday, November 30

6:30pm—Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney: Girl Unbroken (Creative Nonfiction Reading) @ Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped



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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