Authors, Books, & Writing Programs
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.
Tea with a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Children/YA Titles

Washington is home to excellent local bookstores serving every kind of literary taste. In the third installment of a new monthly series in which local booksellers preview upcoming titles, Brennan Baker from A Potter’s House offers top picks among children’s and young adult authors. (Tea, sherry, and cookies round out each session.)

Date
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 4:00 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.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature
4-Session Evening Course

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind.

Date
Monday, January 8, February 5, March 5, and April 9, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Tea with a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Literary Fiction Titles

Washington is home to excellent local bookstores serving every kind of literary taste. In the final installment of a new monthly series in which local booksellers preview upcoming titles, Rebecca Oppenheimer from Kramerbooks scouts the best in literary fiction. (Tea, sherry, and cookies round out each session.)

Date
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.