Satirist Christopher Buckley will sign books and chat with visitors at the Library of Congress' National Book Festival this weekend on the Mall. "There's just something about speaking in a big tent, with people wandering in and out, that gives it a sort of weird, wonderful energy," he said. "I could do without them throwing clods of earth at me and shouting, 'Get off the stage!' But otherwise I really do enjoy it."
Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has strong views on Islam and its growing influence in the West. In "Marked for Death," he has penned a powerful book about his political odyssey in the Netherlands, where his Party for Freedom is the third-largest. His book places his personal saga in the context of broader events involving the political ideology of Islam.
"[British] republicans who would abolish the throne will be sorely disappointed if they think that the excesses of flummery and plumage that accompany such royal occasions will leave Britons cold," writes Alex Massie at Foreign Policy.