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Rumi: The Sound of One Soul Speaking

The ecstatic love poems of Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. Biographer Brad Gooch discusses the less-known life of the man behind those works, and why his poetry remains among the most-read today.

Date
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
John Feinstein: Basketball Legends, March Madness, and More

The writer shares stories from his newest book (on college basketball’s fiercest rivalry among three North Carolina coaches), previews March Madness, and talks with announcer Phil Hochberg about the sports world he knows so well.

Date
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Reading the Gilded Age Authors

Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. This session spotlights Henry James’ Daisy Miller (1878) and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899).

Date
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Craft of Travel Writing

Great travel writing captures a reader’s imagination and emotions with compelling stories about places, people, and experiences. Andrew Evans is an expert in the genre, and in a day-long workshop he covers the essential skills and techniques that can help you tell the stories of your own adventures.

Date
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Maisie Dobbs and Stories from the Great War: The Work of Jacqueline Winspear

As imagined by author Jacqueline Winspear in her series of mystery novels, Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator who served as a nurse on the battlefields of World War I France. She returns to her life in London as shell-shocked as any man in the trenches, and works to heal her wounded soul.  Winspear considers how stories can help people open conversations and, perhaps, provide a means of making sense of the most troubling events in their lives.

Date
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Reading the Gilded Age Authors

Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. This session spotlights Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900).

Date
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Handmaid’s Tale: An Exclusive Series Preview
With Margaret Atwood and Elisabeth Moss

The Handmaid’s Tale, a chilling story of life in the totalitarian dystopia of Gilead, has captured the imaginations of readers around the world since its publication in 1985. The novel is the basis for a new Hulu series, which debuts April 26.

Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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. But the real world informed Austen’s portrayals of the elegant confines of Pemberley and the social climbing of Pulteney Street. Discover how Austen introduced the realities of Regency  England into her carefully crafted worlds.

Date
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mark Twain: A Celebration

It's been 106 years since the death of Samuel Langhorn Clemens, but his beloved works seems as fresh, funny, and pointed as ever. Author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar illustrate why we’re still quoting the wisdom of his words.

Date
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Reading the Gilded Age Authors

Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. This session spotlights Anzia Yezierska’s Salome of the Tenements (1923).

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