With DC being a big town for book-lovers, you’ll have plenty of chances to catch top authors giving readings of their books when you come visit this winter. Here are our top five choices for upcoming reads to catch.

Helen Thorpe – The Newcomers

Amid the ongoing national dialogue about the influx of refugees and their adjustment to American life, Helen Thorpe’s book The Newcomers provides a deeply absorbing insight into how a group of immigrant teenagers in a Denver classroom learn English and accommodate to their new country. The story offers nuance and detail into a conversation that largely glosses over individual stories, and Helen Thorpe’s reading at Politics and Prose is sure to provide even more to learn.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 7 p.m.
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919

Mark Fallon – Unjustifiable Means

The 2016 election brought about increased discussion about the use of torture as a tool in war. Here, former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) special agent Mark Fallon explores the history of torture in the United States and guides readers through why the tactic continues to remain unwarranted. Fallon will be in town to speak to readers at DC’s Kramerbooks in January, so make sure to check out this fascinating talk.

Tuesday, January 9, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks and Afterwords
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-1400

Max Boot – The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Gotten wrapped up in Ken Burns’ PBS Vietnam documentary? Make sure to set aside some time to check out author Max Boot’s reading of his new book about Major General Edward Lansdale’s role in the Vietnam conflict. The discussion will delve into the details of the Vietnam crisis, making for an exciting, interesting talk.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 5 p.m.
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919

I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong

More into reading about science than national politics? You’ll want to catch author Ed Yong in discussion about his award-winning book I Contain Multitudes. The book explores the uses and importance of microbes, without alienating non-scientist readers, making for an educational, interesting read.

Tuesday, January 16, 6:30pm
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-1400

Michael Wolff – Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

If you’ve been following politics relentlessly, you’ll love getting to attend author Michael Wolff’s reading from his new book about the Trump White House. Wolff, who is a well-known journalist, has interviewed a wide range of White House employees (as well as the president himself), and his heavily researched account will definitely be of interest to the DC crowd at this Politics and Prose reading.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 7 p.m.
70 District Square SW, Washington, D.C., DC 20024
(202) 488-3867