The Mansion at Strathmore’s Artists in Fiction Book Club invites participants “to dawdle in Delft with Vermeer, explore the mystery behind Girl With a Pearl Earring, relive the Renaissance through the eyes of Artemisia Gentileschi in The Passion of Artemisia, and get a new perspective on Leonardo, Michelangelo, Monet, and many more." Participants can "explore the fictions of their favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday night a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each evening provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.” Meetings are planned at 7 pm on: November 22, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 & July 18.
The Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will present Sandra Gilbert: Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute on December 11.The renowned poet, author, and feministic literary critic Sandra Gilbert will explore the esteemed poet Emily Dickinson’s (1830-1886) contemplation of death and grief as she reads from Dickinson’s poetry and her own. Ms. Gilbert is aProfessor Emerita of English at the University of California, Davis, and she lives in Berkeley.She has published many collections of poetry, including the Patterson Prize-winning Ghost Volcano and Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969–1999, which won an American Book Award. The tribute is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
Image below: A portrait of Emily Dickinson & Sandra Gilbert.
The Folger Shakespeare Library’s PEN/Malamud Award will be presented to Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the author of four widely-acclaimed works of fiction on December 8. Lahiri was born in London & is the daughter of Bengali Indian emigrants from the state of West Bengal. Lahiri's family moved to the U.S. when she was two, and she grew up in Rhode Island. She is now a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. She has received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award; & many more honors.
The National Archives will present a discussion with historian Edward L. Ayers about The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America in the William G. McGowan Theater on November 29, at noon. In his book titled The Thin Line of Freedom, Mr. Ayers discusses the end of slavery, Reconstruction, the Freedmen’s Bureau, and a new society struggling to emerge. A book signing will follow the program.
Image below: The book jacket for The Thin Line of Freedom.
The National Archives will present a discussion with Professor Victor Brooks regarding his book titled 1967: The Year of Fire and Ice in the William G. McGowan Theater on December 15. Professor Brooks will "take us back 50 years and explore how the year 1967 - a year of dramatic change - affected the lives of 200 million Americans in everything from support for the expanding war in Vietnam and the first Super Bowl to the beginning of the 1968 Presidential campaign and the "Summer of Love." A book signing will follow the program.
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is presenting Books in the Field: Studying the Art of War in Revolutionary America, thru March 4 at Anderson House in Washington, D.C. Anderson House is located near DuPont Circle.
James Fitzgerald, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, criminal profiler, member of the Behavioral Analysis Unit, and forensic linguist, will discuss his book, A Journey to the Center of the Mind: The (First Ten) FBI Years, at the Friendship Heights Village Center on November 30 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Fitzgerald was the FBI profiler who found Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and was part of the investigation of the Jon Benet Ramseyhomicide, the DC Sniper case, and the Anthrax investigation. After retirement he worked as a technical advisor on the CBS series Criminal Minds and also as co-host and executive producer of A&E’s Killer Profile. Copies of Mr. Fitzgerald's book will be available for purchase. The Village Center is at 4433 S. Park Avenue in Chevy Chase. Please sign up in advance to attend the discussions by calling the Village Center at 301-656-2797.
Award-winning author Alice McDermott will discuss her latest book, The Ninth Hour, at the Friendship Heights Village Center on December 14 at 7:30 p.m.The book tells the story of a young widow taken in with her young daughter by the nuns of a Brooklyn convent. Ms. McDermott is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. The Village Center is at 4433 S. Park Avenue in Chevy Chase. Please sign up in advance by calling the Village Center at 301-656-2797. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
The Music Center at Strathmore
Deepak Chopra, the world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine & personal transformation, will speak about TheFutureofWellbeing at the MusicCenter at Strathmore on November 28. He will “discuss practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation, and healing & will share new insights from his latest work You Are the Universe. Chopra has authored 85 books, including 25 New York Times bestsellers. Politics & Prosewill sell copies of You Are the Universe. A book signing will follow the presentation.