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Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Travel to the Lands Beyond in the company of author Norton Juster and singer-storyteller Bill Harley as they reflect on the beloved book’s enduring relevance. A screening of a new documentary about the making of the classic tale adds to the fun.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As the beloved Dr. Seuss, writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel taught generations of children to read—as well as to think. With a recently rediscovered book set to be published this summer, it’s the perfect time to join Seuss scholar Philip Nel for a look at Geisel’s life and work.

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has become an iconic novel since it was published in 1960, yet its author, by her own choice, has remained out of the spotlight. Her biographer Charles J. Shields revisits the classic book and takes a closer look at the mysterious writer behind it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Bestselling author and respected forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has found the perfect blend of her work and her art. Tonight, she discusses the challenges of translating real-life drama into the stuff of fiction, and a career that includes work on high-profile cases even she couldn’t make up.

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Come along on this tour of the literary South to discover the landmarks a host of noted writers—from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Thomas Wolfe—immortalized in their novels. Conclude your evening of Southern reveries with a frosty mint julep or a delightful sweet tea, Southern style.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Voltaire’s 1763 Treatise on Tolerance, a cry against religious fanaticism, surged in sales in France after the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Jennifer Tsien of the University of Virginia discusses why the writer’s philosophy still speaks to us—and grows more relevant across the centuries.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Indelible characters, wit, timeless observations on human nature—and of course, romance—are among the delights readers have always found in the novels of Jane Austen. Revisit four classic books, and share the experience with fellow fans.

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Delve into lively discussions of works by Julia Glass, Shirley Hazzard, Louise Erdich, and Phil Klay led by Georgetown University faculty member Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Across the centuries, forms of mental disturbance have frightened, fascinated, and haunted us—and in many cases, sparked the creative imaginations of great artists. Author Andrew Scull traces the long and complex history of unreason and our attempts to understand it.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Between you and I, do people that impact you negatively literally drive you up the wall? If that sentence sets your teeth on edge, you’ve got a lot in common with linguist Anne Curzan, who casts a (figurative) critical eye on today’s most prevalent lapses in grammar in a lively and informative seminar.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

On the 166th anniversary of his death, the original “man in black” gets a literary toast from writer Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar. Raise your glass along with them.