Tweens Book Event: Stars Over Latin America
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Tweens Book Event: Stars Over Latin America

When two young men begin a journey across Latin America on the back of a rundown motorcycle called The Mighty One, they have no idea how much the voyage will change their lives. Their interactions with the locals teach Che and Alberto that their continent is home to considerable suffering and poverty and a spark of rebellion is born in Che’s mind. While they assist patients in a leper colony in Peru, both men realize that if they allow the world to change them, they can, in turn, change the world.

M. Earl Smith is a historian, professor, author, and father. A graduate of Chatfield College in Ohio, he completed a master of arts degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. He is currently pursuing a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Pine Manor College while teaching English at Harcum College in nearby Bryn Mawr. He lives in Philadelphia with his Shetland Sheepdog, Che.

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Author Event: Terms of Engagement
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Author Event: Terms of Engagement

In his debut collection, Paul Alan Ruben portrays father and son as intimate enemies, each yearning to be understood, acknowledged, and validated by the other. Raw and gripping, these nine stories take place in collision territory—where father and son engage one another in uncertain terms, both desperately trying to repair the emotional damage that has led to their alienation. At its core, Terms of Engagement: Stories of the Father and Son delves into the heart of the matter: Who am I, as a father? Who am I, as a son? Who am I, as a human being?

As an audiobook producer/director, Paul Alan Ruben has won numerous industry awards, including two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word. He’s been published by Pif Magazine, Pennsylvania English/35 and Connotation Press and contributed to various non-fiction print and online publications, including Dadcentric.com, The Good Men Project, Fatherly and AudioFile Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more at http://www.paulalanruben.com/

Literary, accessible and wholly original this collection of stories brings the often neglected subject of father-son relationships to life with depth and authenticity in Ruben's skilled hands."
~ Alison Larkin, Publisher

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Authors In Conversation: Neely Tucker & Bill Dunlap
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Authors In Conversation: Neely Tucker & Bill Dunlap

Washington Post journalist Neely Tucker and author/artist Bill Dunlap are in conversation with us here at Upshur Street Books on Thursday, November 15th. They'll be reading from their books, talking about their long and varied careers in books, journalism, art, and radio, and likely waxing nostalgic about all things Mississippi, from which they both originally hail.

It's sure to be a rollicking night!

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Teen Book Event: Don't Call Me Crazy
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Teen Book Event: Don't Call Me Crazy

Join authors Lisa Jakub (You Look Like That Girl, Not Just Me) and Hannah Bae (award-winning journalist, CNN and Newsday) for an enlightening and entertaining discussion of mental wellness. 
(Don't) Call Me Crazy, from Algonquin Young Readers, will be available for purchase and signing. 

About (Don't) Call Me Crazy:

“This (crucially!) diverse essay collection spans race, gender, sexual orientation, career, and age to hopefully reduce the stigma around mental illness.”
—Bustle

“Empowering . . . deeply resonant . . . With this diverse array of contributors offering a stunning wealth of perspectives on mental health, teens looking for solidarity, comfort, or information will certainly be able to find something that speaks to them. Resources and further reading make this inviting, much-needed resource even richer.”
—Booklist

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LGBTQ Author Spotlight: Michael Riggens
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

LGBTQ Author Spotlight: Michael Riggens

Author Michael Riggins will be reading from his new thriller "Circle of Confusion" at USB on Thursday, Nov 1st at 7pm. Here's a taste of what's in store: 

In a circle like no other, Davon, Sean, Travis & Mark all struggle with their own personal drama, from marital issues, prostitution, intimate partner violence, murder-suicide, the fight to just be who you are, and so much more. The guys all take a much needed group vacation, but one doesn't return home...

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Poetry Month Celebration
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Month Celebration

We've been highlighting poetry in the store all month long, and are hosting a closing celebration to round out Poetry Month on Upshur Street with some of DC's best poets. 

On October 25th, we'll be joined by Wesley Rothman, Christopher Kondrich, and Venus Thrash from 7-8:30pm.

Wesley is the author of the debut collection of poems, SUBWOOFER, released this past fall by New Issues Poetry & Prose and selected for publication by National Book Award recipient Mary Szybist. 

Christopher is the author of CONTRAPUNTAL and the forthcoming Poetry Series Winner VALUING.

Venus is a major organizer in the the DMV poetry scene, and is the author of THE FATEFUL APPLE.

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Kati Stevens & Andrew Bomback
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Kati Stevens & Andrew Bomback

“Doctor” and “Fake” are part of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons, a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. 

At turns serious, comedic, analytical, and confessional, Andrew Bomback's Doctor offers an unflinching look at what it means to be a physician today.

Kati Stevens's Fake, on the other hand, discusses the strange history of imitations, as well as our ever-changing psychological and socioeconomic relationships with them. After all, fakes aren't going anywhere; they seem to be going everywhere. 

Andrew Bomback, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, New Delta Review, Essay Daily, and Hobart. 

Kati Stevens is a public affairs specialist working in Washington, D.C. Her writing has appeared in Electric Literature, The Billfold, and The Hairpin.

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Author Event: Kim Roberts & David Gewanter
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Kim Roberts & David Gewanter

The site of a thriving literary tradition, Washington, DC, has been the home to many of our nation’s most acclaimed writers. From the city’s founding to the beginnings of modernism, literary luminaries including Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Henry Adams, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston have lived and worked at their craft in our nation’s capital.

In A Literary Guide to Washington, DC, Kim Roberts offers a guide to the city’s rich literary history. Part walking tour, part anthology, A Literary Guide to Washington, DC is organized into five sections, each corresponding to a particularly vibrant period in Washington’s literary community.

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Book Launch Party: Conserve + Control: Otter Liefe
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch Party: Conserve + Control: Otter Liefe

A launch event for Conserve and Control by Otter Lieffe

Conserve and Control is written from the margins. Characters who are non-binary, working class, disabled and trans take central place as we are transported to a queer and green paradise that, like all utopias, is not to be trusted. 

As a professional sex worker and working-class activist, Otter Lieffe brings nuance to the ethics of work, kink, sex and activism. In this, her second novel, she explores what it might mean to really create political change and asks who gets left behind in the process. She invites us to step up and take our place in the struggle and bring our fabulous complexity with us to the front-lines. 

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Readalong: Where The Socks Go
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

Readalong: Where The Socks Go

D.C. Teachers turned children's authors Nicole Green McCalla and Claudine Barbot are joining us on Upshur Street to read their new adorable and imaginative children's book, Where The Socks Go. 

This fun, educational, light-hearted, Seuss-like book chronicles the journey that silly, naughty socks will go on to evade their owners. Beautiful illustrations take readers on a dynamic adventure throughout different cultures all relating back to those pesky missing socks.

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Author Event: Brian Price
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Brian Price

In his seminal work Poetics, Aristotle identified the patterns and recurring elements that existed in the successful dramas of his time as he explored precisely why we tell stories, what makes a good one, and how to best tell them.

In Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting, Brian Price examines Aristotle’s conclusions in an entertaining and accessible way and then applies those guiding principles to the most modern of storytelling mediums, going from idea to story to structure to outline to final pages and beyond, covering every relevant screenwriting topic along the way.

The result is a fresh new approach to the craft of screenwriting—one that’s only been around a scant 2,500 years or so—ideal for students and aspiring screenwriters who want a comprehensive step-by-step guide to writing a successful screenplay the way the pros do it.

Author: Brian Price is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked with major studios, television networks, and independent film producers from around the world. As an instructor, he has taught screenwriting at Johns Hopkins, Yale University, and the Brooks Institute, among others, and is a proud member of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television screenwriting faculty.

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Author Event: Mason Jar Press Presents...
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Mason Jar Press Presents...

Join us for a selection of readings from local indie press Mason Jar Press on June 12th at 7pm. 


Stephen Zerance is the author of Safe Danger (Indolent Books 2018). His poems have appeared in West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Assaracus, and Knockout, among others. He has also been featured on the websites of Lambda Literary and Split This Rock. He received his MFA from American University, where he received the Myra Sklarew award. 

dave ring is a speculative fiction writer and the community chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and a 2018 Futurescapes resident. dave has recently placed stories with Mythic Magazine and the upcoming issue of The Disconnect. He is also the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was, an anthology forthcoming from Mason Jar Press in July 2018. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him on Twitter at @slickhop. 

Michelle Junot is the author of Notes From My Phone* a self-portrait in her twenties, and of and the floor was always lava, a collection of essays exploring childhood and memory.You can read more about and from her atmichellejunot.com.

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Author Event: Leslie Pietrzyk & Tim Wendel
May
6
5:00 PM17:00

Author Event: Leslie Pietrzyk & Tim Wendel

Please come to our MA in Writing reading/craft talk with faculty members Leslie Pietrzyk and Tim Wendel, on Sunday, May 6, from 5 to 6 p.m., at Upshur Street Books in DC (827 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011). The first 30 students, alumni, or prospective students to respond here that they are attending will get a free copy of Leslie or Tim's book upon arrival at Upshur..

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Author Event: Carmen Gentile: Blindsided by the Taliban
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Carmen Gentile: Blindsided by the Taliban

On September 9, 2010, while embedded with an Army unit and talking with locals in a small village in eastern Afghanistan, journalist Carmen Gentile was struck in the face by a rocket-propelled grenade. Inexplicably, the grenade did not explode and Gentile survived, albeit with the right side of his face shattered and blinded in one eye. Making matters worse, his engagement was on the ropes and his fiancée absent from his bedside.

Blindsided by the Taliban chronicles in the author's numerous missteps and shortcomings while coming to terms with injury and a lost love. Inventive and unprecedented surgeries would ultimately save Gentile’s face and eyesight, but the depression and trauma that followed his physical and emotional injuries proved a much harder recovery. Ultimately, Gentile would find that returning to the front lines and continuing the work he loved was the only way to become whole again.

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Author Event: IN SEARCH OF ISRAEL: Michael Brenner
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: IN SEARCH OF ISRAEL: Michael Brenner

Join us at Upshur Street Books with author Michael Brenner as he reads and discusses his latest title, IN SEARCH OF ISRAEL. 

Many Zionists who advocated the creation of a Jewish state envisioned a nation like any other. Yet for Israel's founders, the state that emerged against all odds in 1948 was anything but ordinary. Born from the ashes of genocide and a long history of suffering, Israel was conceived to be unique, a model society and the heart of a prosperous new Middle East. It is this paradox, says historian Michael Brenner--the Jewish people's wish for a homeland both normal and exceptional—that shapes Israel's ongoing struggle to define itself and secure a place among nations. In Search of Israel is a major new history of this struggle from the late nineteenth century to our time.

Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lilian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University and Professor of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. His many books include A Short History of the Jews (Princeton).

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Author Dinner: US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Author Dinner: US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Join us for a very special night of food, drinks, and conversation with former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at Upshur Street Books in Petworth, DC. We'll be celebrating Juan Felipe's tenure as Poet Laureate, and toasting the release of his newest book of poetry, "Jabberwalking."

https://jabberwalkingdc.brownpapertickets.com/

Herrera's publications include fourteen collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children with twenty-one books in total in the last decade. His 2007 volume "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007" contains texts in both Spanish and English that examine the cultural hybridity that "revolve around questions of identity" on the U.S.-Mexico border. Herrera was awarded the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for Half the World in Light. In 2012, he was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown, and in 2015 became the Poet Laureate of the United States. He served until 2017. 

Ticket price for this event includes food, drink, and a copy of Jabberwalking
Must be 21+ to drink
Food and drink provided by Petworth Citizen

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Author Event: Brett Busang
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Author Event: Brett Busang

Join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable night with local author Brett Busang, as he reads from and talks about his latest book, "Laughter and Early Sorrow." 

From Brett:
Laughter and Early Sorrow is a collection of short stories that are unified by place (Memphis, TN, mostly) and period (the early to mid-1960's) during which I allegedly grew up, though there is a growing body of evidence that would say otherwise. Its eponymous story, The Death of Ivan Illyich, provides a name for the collection, which starts with a somewhat disappointing excursion and goes on - to a bad summer camp, an accordion concert gone awry, and a baseball game that blows a gasket.

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Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Singalong with BEARSONG!

John Ray (Bearsong) is an entertainer for all audiences, specializing in young children's music and story hours. John appears at Upshur Street Books 4 times each month, every Sunday at 11am. 

All Children's Books are 10% off during the Singalong - so bring your charge, enjoy the music and buy a discounted book!

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Click on the link below for Bearsong's Facebook Page.

Upshur Street Books - 827 Upshur Street NW, 20011

Source:: https://www.facebook.com/bearsongmusic/

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Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

Singalong with BEARSONG!

John Ray (Bearsong) is an entertainer for all audiences, specializing in young children's music and story hours. John appears at Upshur Street Books 4 times each month, every Sunday at 11am. 

All Children's Books are 10% off during the Singalong - so bring your charge, enjoy the music and buy a discounted book!

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Click on the link below for Bearsong's Facebook Page.

Upshur Street Books - 827 Upshur Street NW, 20011

Source:: https://www.facebook.com/bearsongmusic/

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Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Singalong with BEARSONG!

John Ray (Bearsong) is an entertainer for all audiences, specializing in young children's music and story hours. John appears at Upshur Street Books 4 times each month, every Sunday at 11am. 

All Children's Books are 10% off during the Singalong - so bring your charge, enjoy the music and buy a discounted book!

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Click on the link below for Bearsong's Facebook Page.

Upshur Street Books - 827 Upshur Street NW, 20011

Source:: https://www.facebook.com/bearsongmusic/

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