Fresh Talk: Judy Chicago: New Views
Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:30–6 p.m., followed by book signing and Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist, 6–7 p.m.
Join iconic feminist artist Judy Chicago for the debut of Judy Chicago: New Views—the first major monograph on the artist in nearly 20 years. Published by NMWA and Scala Arts Publishers, Judy Chicago: New Views offers fresh perspectives on the artist’s oeuvre by leading scholars and curators. Chicago joins book contributor Martha C. Nussbaum, philosopher and Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, to discuss New Views and the current exhibition Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, featuring her newest body of work. The exhibition is on view at NMWA from Sept. 19, 2019, to Jan. 20, 2020. Reservations required. $80 general, $65 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission, program, one copy of Judy Chicago: New Views (available for preorder in the Museum Shop for $49.95) and Catalyst cocktail hour (during which Chicago and Nussbaum will be available to sign copies of Judy Chicago: New Views). Reserve online.
7 p.m. Skylight Pavilion
Ben Folds Book Signing and Discussion
National Symphony Orchestra Artistic Advisor Ben Folds will sign copies of his new memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons. The event features a moderated discussion with Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City will launch its second season of this popular series with two bestselling authors: Frank Miniter and Dean Reuter. The author series is complimentary to the public and gives attendees the opportunity to meet and purchase the authors book, along with a cash bar.
Dean Reuter: Reuter is co-author of The Hidden Nazi: The Untold Story of America’s Deal with the Devil. The worst Nazi war criminal you’ve never heard of. A true story about General Hans Kammler, sidekick to SS Chief Heinrich Himmler and supervisor of Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, Kammler was responsible for the construction of Hitler’s slave labor sites and concentration camps.
The Hidden Nazi: The Untold Story of America’s Deal with the Devil by Dean Reuter
Wednesday, October 2
6pm – 8pm
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
The Ambassador Room
Dean Reuter: To RSVP click here
Swedish author Ola Larsmo will be at the House of Sweden on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion and book signing for the English-translation of his new novel, Swede Hollow—an award-winning and best-selling epic family history that grittily depicts the darker side of Swedish immigrant life in America. Deeply researched and full of memorable moments, this powerful story chronicles a family who makes the long journey from Sweden to Minnesota in the 1890s. Larsmo makes Washington, D.C. his fifth stop on his U.S. book tour with this not-to-be-missed talk.More information about the event can be found here: https://swedehollow.
When Gustaf and Anna Klar and their three children leave Sweden for New York in 1897, they take with them a terrible secret and a longing for a new life. But their dream of starting over is nearly crushed at the outset: a fire devastates Ellis Island just as they arrive, and then the relentlessly harsh conditions and lack of work in the city make it impossible for Gustaf to support his family. An unexpected gift allows the Klars to make one more desperate move, this time to the Midwest and a place called Swede Hollow.
Their new home is a cluster of rough-hewn shacks in a deep, wooded ravine on the edge of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Irish, Italian, and Swedish immigrants who live here are a hardscrabble lot usually absent from the familiar stories of Swedish American history. The men hire on as poorly paid day laborers for the Great Northern or Northern Pacific railroads or work at the nearby brewery, and the women clean houses, work at laundries, or sew clothing in stifling factories. Outsiders malign Swede Hollow as unsanitary and rife with disease, but the Klar family and their neighbors persevere in this neglected corner of the city—and consider it home.
Extensively researched and beautifully written, Ola Larsmo’s award-winning novel vividly portrays a family and a community determined to survive. There are hardships, indignities, accidents, and harrowing encounters, but also acts of loyalty and kindness and moments of joy. This haunting story of a real place echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the twentieth century and today.
Tiina Nunnally is the award-winning translator of Sigrid Undset’s novels Kristin Lavransdatter, Jenny, and Marta Oulie. Her many translations from the Scandinavian languages include Vidar Sundstøl’s Minnesota Trilogy (Minnesota, 2013–15) and The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe (Minnesota, 2019)
Event: Capital Book Fest
Where: Woodrow Wilson Plaza (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004)
When: September 12 & October 24, from 10am-6pm
Description: Visit our downtown DC pop-up book sale on Wilson Plaza! Browse over 12,000 gently used books, CDs, and DVDs, all on sale for under $6. Books are provided by Carpe Librum, a used, donation-based bookstore benefiting the DC nonprofit Turning the Page. There’s something for everyone at this sale: children’s books, teen reads, brand-new bestsellers in amazing condition, classic vintage hardbacks and more!