The winter doldrums finally appear to be ending, at least in terms of upcoming book events in the D.C. area. Next week looks particularly solid: Crisis editor Jabari Asim speaks on What Obama Means Sunday at Politics & Prose, and sociologist Dalton Conley speaks there Monday night. (I have a brief review of Conley’s new book, Elsewhere, U.S.A., in this week’s Washington City Paper; the book itself is something of a disappointment, but Conley is an engaging thinker and researcher on class and social trends.) Journalist and Atlantic blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks next Friday (note the new date) at College Park’s Vertigo Books. And, because all things Lincoln-related are pretty much unavoidable in this town, former senator George McGovern speaks not once but twice next week about Honest Abe.
One date of note a little further ahead: On February 28, American Independent Writers and George Mason University’s MFA program in creative writing will host a day-long seminar on fiction writing. A few of my favorite local writers and bloggers will be in attendance, including Louis Bayard, Alan Cheuse, and Art & Literature blogger Art Taylor. And, for what it’s worth, me too: I’ll be speaking on a panel titled “New Media and Publishing Creative Writing” with No Tell Books honcho Reb Livingston, poet Bernadette Geyer, and fiction writer and teacher Laura Ellen Scott. Should be fun. If you happen read this blog and plan to attend, please say hello.
The more time I spend compiling this calendar, the more aware I become of events and venues I’m missing. As always, if you know of a reading that ought to be on this page, please let me know.