Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Enoch Pratt Free Library


All Writers Live Programs are presented in partnership with Maryland Public Television.

This is a Deaf Friendly Event (Hearing and Speech Agency interpreters)

Sign language interpreters provided by the Hearing and Speech Agency for each program



Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer
talks about his new book, Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.

Cover Tension City

The man widely hailed as "the dean of moderators" looks at more than 40 years of televised political debate in the United States. Drawing on his own moderating experience, in-depth interviews with the candidates and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer sheds light on all the critical turning points, major moments, and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America's presidential elections.

Jim Lehrer is the author of 20 novels, two memoirs, and three plays, and for years has been the executive editor and anchor of the PBS News.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 (7:00 PM)
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium (click on the location to see map)
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors

Authur Magida

Arthur Magida
talks about his new book, The Nazi Seance.

The Nazis SeanceIn Berlin after World War I, fascination with the occult was everywhere as people struggled to escape the grim reality of their lives. In the early 1930s, the most famous mentalist in the German capital was Erik Jan Hanussen, a Jewish mind reader. Originally from Vienna, Hanussen became so popular in Berlin that he rubbed elbows with high ranking Nazis, became close with top Storm Troopers, and even advised Hitler.

Arthur Magida is writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore, a journalism professor at Georgetown University and recipient of multiple awards in journalism and the humanities. His books include The Rabbi and The Hit Man; Prophet of Rage: A Life of Louis Farrakhan and His Nation; and Opening the Doors of Wonder.

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 (6:30 PM)
Central Library, Poe Room (click on the location to see map)
Suggested Audience: Adults , Seniors

Donna Britt

Donna Britt
talks about her new book, Brothers (and Me); A Memoir of Loving and Giving

Writer's Live Brothers and MeDonna Britt has always been surrounded by men—her father, three brothers, two husbands, three sons, countless male friends. She learned to give to them at an early age. After her beloved brother Darrell's senseless killing by police 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn't help Darrell.

Brothers (and Me) navigates Britt's life through her relationships with men, resulting in a tender, funny, and heartbreaking exploration of universal issues of gender and race. Donna Britt is an award-winning former syndicated columnist for the Washington Post.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 (6:30 PM)
Central Library, Poe Room (click on the location to see map)
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors


Tyson D King Meadows

Tyson D. King-Meadows
talks about his new book, When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama

Writer's Live When the Letter Betray the SpiritIn his new book, Dr. King-Meadows finds that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is much weaker than previously thought and that it often enables rather than prevents the disenfranchisement of minorities. The book challenges the executive-centered model of leadership and proffers a Congress-centered approach to protecting voting rights.

Drawing from government enforcement data, legislative history, Supreme Court rulings, the 2006 reauthorization debate, and the 2007 scandal involving the firing of U.S. attorneys under the Bush administration, Dr. King-Meadows examines when, why, and how executive and judicial discretion facilitates violation of voting rights. Dr. King-Meadows is associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 (6:30 PM)
Central Library, Poe Room (click on the location to see map)Suggested Audience: Adults