Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekly Round-up With Upcoming Events

Jaycee Dugard's memoir, A Stolen Life, topped Amazon's bestseller list on Monday, July 11. The memoir was officially released a day later. Jaycee was kidnapped by Phillip Craig Garrido and his wife Nancy in 1991. A Stolen Life conveys Dugard's personal story about her eighteen-year imprisonment.

Forensic psychiatrist and Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow acquired rights to write a book about the Casey Anthony case. Casey Anthony was recently acquitted by a jury in Florida.

USA Today expands its coverage of books by launching a new Web site (

Google will not allow an ex-employee, Paul Adams, to release his book, Social Circles. Adams left Google in January 2011 to join Facebook.

A couple weekly round-ups have followed the arrest of Bahraini poet and student Ayat Al-Gormezi. Ayat al-Gormezi was released from prison and placed under house arrest on July 13. She had been arrested in March for reading poetry at a pro-democracy rally in Pearl Square. Authorities released Ayat under the condition that she sign a paper saying she would stay at home, would not join protests,and would not speak to the media.

The final Harry Potter film is released in the United States today: Time Magazine provides insight on how fans keep the series alive by writing fan fiction.

Book Signings and an Open Door Reading

Jael McHenry: The Kitchen Daughter
One More Page Books
2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101
Arlington , VA 22213
Saturday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.

Join food and cooking blogger Jael McHenry as she discusses her first novel The Kitchen Daughter. A book signing will follow.

Maya Soetoro-Ng: Ladder To The Moon
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington , DC 200008
Saturday, July 16 , 1 p.m

Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama discusses her new children's book, Ladder To The Moon. The book is illustrated by Yuyi Morales. A book signing will follow.

Open Door Reading: Elisavietta Ritchie, Ellen Aronofsky Cole, and Kimberly Becker
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m.

The Writer’s Center presents three poets with recent collections: Elisavietta Ritchie (Cormorant Beyond the Compost), Ellen Aronofsky Cole (Prognosis), and Kimberly Becker (Words Facing East).

Have a great weekend!

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