Hill Center Reading Series

The Hill Center/ PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series:

For years, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation has hosted an acclaimed reading series featuring nationally known authors at the Folger Shakespeare Library. With the launch of Hill Center/PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series last December, PEN/Faulkner expands and diversifies its literary programming by featuring established and emerging local authors at Hill Center.

Hill Center serves as a vibrant home for culture, education, and city life on Capitol Hill. Located at the rehabilitated Old Naval Hospital, the historic Civil War-era facility features an array of beautiful, light-filled rooms that retain historic detail with modern amenities, including high-tech audiovisual capabilities, accessibility, and environmentally-friendly construction.

All Hill Center Reading Series events take place at:

Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003 [Map]

Next Event:

Denevi Warner Hill Center

Timothy Denevi & Judith Warner
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital
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The ethics and science of medicating children has changed dramatically in the past 30 years, and one place where this is evident is the vast increase in the number of diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In this discussion between authors Timothy Denevi and Judith Warner, the writers will address trends, attitudes, and misconceptions about ADHD and childhood behaviors.

In Hyper, his thought-provoking examination of ADHD, Timothy Denevi explains the history of the ADHD diagnosis as he reveals his own difficult childhood struggle with the disorder and the subsequent ramifications of his early prescription of Ritalin. Part medical history and part memoir, Hyper is a deeply felt personal story that aims to clarify misconceptions, posit better paths to treatment, and engender empathy for children and families struggling with a difficult behavioral phenomenon.

Judith Warner’s We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication approaches the diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders from a journalist’s (and parent’s) perspective. A skillful and timely snapshot of current medical thinking, We’ve Got Issues shows how complex and painful a journey it can be for parents attempting to make the correct healthcare decisions on behalf of their children.

A book signing will follow, and books will be available for sale.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Those who have registered for the event must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start time to guarantee their spot. At that time, remaining seats will be released to those who are on the wait list. Once the guests on the wait list have been seated, any walk-ins will be shown their seats.



Previous Hill Center Events:


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Rebecca Mead in Conversation with Hanna Rosin & Margaret Talbot
April 25, 2014

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!


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Phil Klay in conversation with Jennifer Vanderbes
Friday, Mar. 14, 2014

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!


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Molly McCloskey
in conversation with Lisa Page
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!

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M.K. Asante
in conversation with Lisa Page
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

 Listen to the Podcast of this event here!



Shreve & IdarSusan Richards Shreve
& Nicole Idar
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!

Alan Cheuse (right) & Alyson Foster (left)Alan Cheuse
& Alyson Foster
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!