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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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: 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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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."

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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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Feb
4
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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Jan
28
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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Jan
21
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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Jan
14
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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Jan
7
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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Dec
21
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, on alternating Thursdays and Sundays, 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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Dec
10
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, on alternating Thursdays and Sundays, 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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Dec
7
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, on alternating Thursdays and Sundays, 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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Nov
26
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, on alternating Thursdays and Sundays, 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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Refugee Event: Welcoming Our Neighbors
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Refugee Event: Welcoming Our Neighbors

There are currently more displaced people in the world since the end of World War II; several thousand are resettled in the Washington, DC area. What does a refugee’s journey look like? What is their experience once they arrive in the U.S.? What can we do to welcome and support our new neighbors? Join Upshur Street Books and LSS/NCA as we share the refugee journey and answer your questions.

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