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National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012

September 13, 2012

National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012

2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival
September 22-23, 2012 on the National Mall
Washington, DC

 Celebrate the Book with Two Days of Writers, Poets & Pavilions
Free

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

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Economix

September 7, 2012

Economix

“What do you do when you know it’s the economy that matters, but you’re feeling stupid about how it all works? Do you plunge headfirst into Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations? Do you blow the dust off your college macroeconomics textbook that you couldn’t stand reading even for a grade? Author Michael Goodwin feels your pain, because he found himself in the same predicament—a voting American citizen faced with the truth that he didn’t know anything about the policies he was voting for. Fortunately, Goodwin had done the legwork of untangling the web of economic knowledge for us. Even better, with the help of illustrator Dan E. Burr, Goodwin delivers that knowledge in the accessible format of the graphic novel. Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures eliminates feelings of stupidity in the face of economic-speak while demonstrating how it really is the economy and why nobody should be stupid about it.”

“Can a Comic Book Make Economics—the ‘Dismal Science’—Fun, and Understandable?” Bob Duggan, Big Think

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Britannica Bytes

March 19, 2012

Britannica Bytes
After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica will cease publishing paper editions and become a solely digital resource. Britannica has had digital editions on CD-ROM and online for the last thirty years, and will continue updating and publishing online. Unlike Wikipedia with its anonymous authors and crowd-sourced editing, digital Britannica will still be produced by professional editors and named authors who actually know what they’re writing about.

More:

“Wikipedia Didn’t Kill Britannica. Windows Did,” Tim Carmody, Wired

“Change: It’s Okay. Really.” Britannica Editors, Britannica blog

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Food Fight @ Busboys & Poets February 13th

February 7, 2012

Food Fight @ Busboys & Poets February 13th

February 13, 2012 6:30 pm
Busboys & Poets Bookstore
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-POET

Daniel Imhoff will discuss and sign Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill in the Langston Room at B&P. Free and open to all.

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Bike Art

January 10, 2012

Bike Art

The Brain Pickings blog features Maria Popova’s review of the recently published Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World (Kiriakos Iosifides, Gingko Press). It looks like an attractive book, even if it doesn’t include the sculpture above.

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Good Science Always Has Political Ramifications

December 1, 2011

Good Science Always Has Political Ramifications

“Good Science Always Has Political Ramifications. Why? Because a scientifically testable claim can be shown to be either most probably true or false, whether the claim is made by a king or a president, a Pope, a Congressperson, or a common citizen. “

– from Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto (Rodale, 2011).

More:

“Good Science Always Has Political Ramifications [Book Excerpt],” Shawn Lawrence Otto, Scientific American

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Sarah Palin Leaves 2012 Race; Now a Full-Time Fictional Character

October 5, 2011

Sarah Palin Leaves 2012 Race; Now a Full-Time Fictional`Character

Former Alaska Temp-Governor Sarah Palin disappointed Tea Party stalwarts by declining to enter the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. She made the announcement on CNN Fox News Twitter  mighty Cumulus Media Radio. After talking it over with God, Mrs. Palin explained to host Mark Levin, she’s decided to remain on the $100,000-a-pop personal appearance circuit, hawking her book-like objects.

Sarah Palin has always been more of a celebrity than an actual public figure, a creation of marketing image-makers. Now that she’s out of the presidential race, she’s become a full-time fictional character in the novel It’s Classified, written by former Palin media advisor Nicolle Wallace.

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Banned Books Week

September 27, 2011

Banned Books Week

September 24 — October 1, 2011 is the thirtieth annual observance of Banned Books Week.  The freedom to read what we will is firmly rooted in the First Amendment, yet many who rant about upholding the Constitution would restrict our access to written art, enlightenment, and information. Celebrate liberty and literacy — read a banned book today.

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Fire Sale

June 16, 2011

Fire Sale

Download your summer cookout at a fire sale price. Mark Bittman’s Kindle Single e-book What I Grill and Why is on sale for $1.99 $0.99. Cooking tip: don’t put your Kindle too close to the grill or it will melt.

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Literary Hill Bookfest 2011

May 13, 2011

Literary Hill Bookfest 2011

Literary Hill BookFest
Sunday, May 15, 2011
11:00AM to 3:00PM
Eastern Market, North Hall
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue SE
Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20003

If you’re in DC and like to read, stop by Eastern Market this Sunday and meet local authors Louis Bayard, Selene Benitone, Simon Conway, Kim Fellner, Lucinda Fleeson, Maggie Hall, Sharon M. Hannon, Margaret Hollister, Barbara Joe, Katy Kelly, Marguerite Kelly, Kevin R. Kosar, Nancy Lifset, Peter Manseau, Celeste McCall, Diana McLellan, Spike Mendelsohn, Jean Nordhaus, Mark N. Ozer, Erica Perl, Robert Pohl, Richard E. Rubenstein, Ariel Sabar, David Ian Shaman, Richard Treanor, Cathy Travis, Gene Weingarten, John R. Wennersten, Peggy Walton and Bonny Wolf.

More:

“The Literary Hill Goes Live!” Karen Lyon, Hill Rag

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