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T.S. Eliot: Daring To Disturb the Universe

September is a time to celebrate the birth of perhaps the greatest 20th-century poet, Thomas Stearns Eliot. To pay tribute to the author of The Wasteland and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, author Daniel Stashower explores Eliot’s life and legacy, and actor Scott Sedar offers dramatic readings of his works. Afterward, we will raise a toast and perhaps even “dare to eat a peach.”

Date
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Armistead Maupin: Tales of a Lifetime

Armistead Maupin, the groundbreaking author of the bestselling Tales of the City series, draws on his new book, Logical Family: a Memoir, as he traces his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco. Hear him spin tales of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century.

Date
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
American Novels of the ’20s

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature. This session features Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

Date
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Wit, Works, and Woes of Oscar Wilde

On the anniversary of playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde’s birthday, explore the complex man who declared that he put his talent into his writings and his genius into his life. Afterward, enjoy a slice of birthday cake and a glass of sherry and raise a toast to the man who wrote, “I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”

Date
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Tea with a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Mystery and Suspense Titles

Washington is home to excellent local bookstores serving every kind of literary taste. In the first of a new monthly series in which local booksellers preview upcoming titles, Eileen McGervey, owner of One More Page Books in Arlington, investigates the newest crop of mystery and suspense titles. (Tea, sherry, and cookies round out each session.)

Date
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
Jane Austen: From the Parlor to Politics

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. The passing years have increased her novels’ appeal as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, the Dashwood sisters, and Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley continue to delight us. Discover how Austen introduced the realities of Regency England into her carefully crafted worlds.

Date
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Lee Child on Jack Reacher’s Latest Adventure

As his newest thriller debuts, join internationally bestselling author Lee Child as he discusses the inspiration behind his Jack Reacher novels, his writing process, and the latest story in the series, The Midnight Line.

Date
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Tea with a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Nonfiction Titles

Washington is home to excellent local bookstores serving every kind of literary taste. In the second installment of a new monthly series in which local booksellers preview upcoming titles, Jon Purves from Politics and Prose looks at the big nonfiction books set to debut this fall. (Tea, sherry, and cookies round out each session.)

Date
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
American Novels of the ’20s

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature. This session features Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House.

Date
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Secret Selves: Charlotte and Emily Brontë

Charlotte and Emily Brontë lived a small, isolated family home in an English village, far from literary circles. Author John Pfordresher examines the forces of creative imagination and personality that nonetheless allowed them to cast a critical eye on the issues of their time through passionate female characters—who often resembled their creators.

Date
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Write the Stories of Your Ancestors

You’ve gathered information about your ancestors. It’s time to share their stories. Leading genealogy expert John Colletta explores the many ways to assemble and write the saga of a family.

Date
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Dickens Without the Humbug

Follow the life and career of Charles Dickens through the best of times and the worst of times with author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar, reading from selected works. Then, have a piece of cake and raise a toast to the premier storyteller of the Victorian age. 

Date
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
American Novels of the ’20s

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature. This session features Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun.

Date
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.