Book Reading: "Beijing Welcomes You"
A simple song with big implications kicked of the 2008 Summer Olympics: "Beijing Welcomes You" represented not just China's newfound willingness to throw open its doors to foreigners (though not foreign critics), it also reflected the momentous efforts the country made to clean its streets, its air, and its citizens in preparation for a Western influx the likes of which it hadn't seen in decades. That's also the name of the new book by longtime media critic Tom Scocca, who spent several years in China documenting the country's existential transformation from a cloister to a burlesque revue. Scocca will discuss his book, answer questions, and sign copies. His reading could very well be titled, "Tom Scocca Welcomes You." August 10 at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW. Phone: 202-364-1919. Web: www.politics-prose.com