Friday, October 23, 2009

Saturday Morning Post: Open Door, Margaret Atwood, and the JCCGW Book Festival

Three upcoming local events for lovers of literature:

First, On Sunday, October 25 at 2:00, as part of our Open Door Reading Series, The Writer’s Center features winners of the 2009 Washington Writers’ Publishing House poetry and fiction competitions. Novelist William Littlejohn reads from Calvin and Jehanne Dubrow reads from her new collection of poems, From the Fever-World.

William Littlejohn holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Littlejohn practiced law in Chicago for thirty years before retiring to write full time.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of a poetry collection, The Hardship Post, and a chapbook, The Promised Bride. Her third collection of poetry, Stateside, will be published next year.

The Washington Writers’ Publishing House (WWPH) is a cooperative press that’s been publishing for 30-plus years.

Second, the JCC of Greater Washington celebrates its 40th annual Book Festival from Nov. 5-15. There will be plenty of great readers, including Deborah Tannen, Peter Yarrow, and Jeffrey Zaslow. For more information click here.

And third: On Friday, October 30 at 8p.m., Margaret Atwood will appear at The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, 21st & H Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
(Two blocks from Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro, Blue & Orange Lines).

Celebrated novelist and poet Margaret Atwood makes her George Washington University debut with a special event highlighting her new novel, The Year of the Flood. For this unique combination of book launch, dramatic reading with music and a fund-raising event for environmental organizations, George Washington University students will join the Booker Prize-winning author to dramatically stage select scenes.

The Year of the Flood focuses on a group that appears in the background of Atwood’s 2003 novel, Oryx and Crake: the God’s Gardeners, who attempt to reconcile religion, science, and nature. The piece begins in Gardener Year Twenty-five, when much of the human race has been obliterated in a man-made pandemic.

TICKETS: $35, $25
GW Students and Alumni: Limited $20 and $10 tickets available at the Lisner Auditorium Box Office. Group rates available for groups of 10+. Tickets available at the Lisner Auditorium Box Office (Tuesday - Friday, 11 am -5pm) TicketMaster outlets, PhoneCharge (301) 808-6900 and For more information, call (202) 994-6800.

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