These don't cover all the readings in the area, but hit the ones that caught my eye for one reason or another. I haven't had much luck finding ones in Baltimore to list, so if anyone has suggestions on places to look for events in Charm City, please let me know!
7 P.M. Ellen Feldman reads from and signs her new novel, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank , at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919
7:30 P.M. Word Works is co-sponsoring a poetry performance evening (with musical accompaniment) with Donna Denizé , author of The Lover's Voice and the forthcoming Broken Like Job ; Miles David Moore , author of The Bears of Paris and Rollercoaster ; and Jonathan Vaile , author of the forthcoming Blue Cowboy , at Grace Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Call 301-581-9439 or visit Word Works D.C. for details.
6:30 P.M. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham reads from and signs her new collection, Overlord: Poems , at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE as part of the "Books & Beyond" series. Call 202-707-5221 for details.
8 P.M. B.H. Fairchild will be awarded the biennial Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for his collection Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (which also won a National Book Critics Circle Award) at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room, 202-707-5394.
7 P.M. Ann Beattie reads from and signs her new collection of stories, Follies , at Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 202-737-5553.
7:30 P.M. Open Mic Poetry and Prose reading. All poets and prose writers are welcome. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of publication of Leaves of Grass, we're inviting poets to read work inspired by Walt Whitman. At the Writer's Center 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815.
9 P.M. Poetry Showcase Features poets Talaam Acey, 13 of Nazareth, and Archie the Messenger. Tickets available through www.missiontix.com and www.talaamacey.com. Tickets $15-$25. Wyndham Inner Harbor 101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore EVENT PHONE: 410-752-1100
6 p.m. Richard McCann, director of the creative writing program at American University, has written ten interwoven stories of suburban life in post-World War II Washington. In spare but lyrical prose, McCann moves through the dark waters of gender identity, coming of age, and loss. He will read from and sign his newest book, Mother of Sorrows, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C.
3 P.M. Susan Coll reads from and signs her new novel, Rockville Pike: A Suburban Comedy of Manners , at Books & Crannies, 15 South Madison St., Middleburg, Va., 540-687-6677.