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U.S. News’ Kimberly Palmer Helps Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur

Economy of You coverU.S. News & World Report Senior Money Editor Kimberly Palmer just came out with the new book The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life. Recognizing that journalism offers little job security, Palmer jumped on the microbusiness bandwagon and developed a series of financial planners.

The Economy of You recounts everyday people who are liberating themselves from financial strain by creating their own business as a supplemental income. In it, readers will find concrete guidelines for launching a rewarding businesses of their own, including: tips for figuring out the ideal side gig, advice on juggling a fledgling enterprise and a full-time job, branding and marketing basics that bring results, and what and when to offer for free (unfortunately her answers isn’t EVERYTHING and ALWAYS).

Palmer is also the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, CNN, and local television and radio shows across the country to talk about making smart money decisions.

Want to know more? Visit her online at Palmer’s approach is way less “you’re effed!” than Suze Orman.

Mike Allen Scores Robert Gates for Playbook Cocktails

politico logoPolitico‘s Playbook Cocktail event will be a doozy next week. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be sitting down with Mike Allen to dish on Obama, Biden, and all the rest of those crazy cats at 1600 Pennsylvania. We don’t know if you’ve heard, but Mr. Gates has written a new memwa, DOODY, and he has many unkind words for the current administration’s handling of foreign affairs.  You should be there. There is seating and WiFi reserved for press -email here for more info.

WHAT: Politico Playbook Cocktails with Robert Gates
WHO: Mike Allen (and Bank of America, apparently)
WHERE: The Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 16; Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


Politics and Prose to Host National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Yeah, that’s a real title -conveyed upon one lucky somebody by the Library of Congress every year two years. This year that lucky somebody is Kate DiCamillo, Newberry Award winning author of “Because of Winn-Dixie.” The Ambassador’s role is to “raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.” And for the fourth year in a row, Politics and Prose will be one of the first venues in the country to host the Ambassador as she makes her away across the nation, planting book-seeds in the brains of children and encouraging them not to play video games and what not.

If you’re off work in the middle of the day / unemployed next Thursday, you might wanna stop by the store and have a listen. DiCamillo will be joined by former Ambassadors Jon Scieszka (“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”) and Katherine Paterson (“Bridge to Terabithia”).

WHAT: Talk with National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Katherine Paterson

WHO: Politics and Prose

WHERE: Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: Thursday, January 9th, 4:00 PM

Event is free and open to the public.

DC Journos to Fete Compelling People

Can’t get in to Washington Life‘s Young and the Guest List party next Wednesday? Well no worries, there’s another big bash competing for attention that night. Several big DC names are hosting a book party / holiday soiree for Matt Kohut and John Neffinger’s new book, Compelling People, which was just named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013.

Hosts include: David Brock, Karen Finney, Ryan Grim, Elizabeth Glover, and Kimball Stroud. The party is from 6-8 PM at Baby Wale and features beats spun by DJ KC.



Wanna Write a Novel? Move to Iceland

The great Halldor Laxness, but you knew that already.

The great Halldor Laxness, but you knew that already.

We know all of you out there in Journo-Land are burning with literary ambition. Hell, the only reason half you are even in this profession is because you just never got around to finishing your Thomas Wolfe knock-off inspired Great American Novel. But maybe it’s not too late. There’s always Iceland. Seriously.

According to the BBC, 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book. That’s right, 10% of the (granted, rather small) nation of Iceland will publish a book. Apparently their preferred genre is crime novels, though there are quite a few poets and erotic fiction writers as well. And, according to NPR, not only do Icelanders write, they read -more books per capita than any other country in the world.

But what does this have to do with you? Glad I asked. For the first time ever, the country of Iceland is offering an Iceland Writer’s Retreat and the Ambassador of Iceland, Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson, wants to recruit DC writers and journos.

Now, for the reasonable-ish price of $2100, you can travel to beautiful Reykjavik for a week of “intimate workshops,” scintillating conversation, and naked hotspringing -all while learning to perfect your craft in the most book-hungry country in the world. Plus, Bjork! And who knows, if you fall in love with the place, and stick around, you may even end up being the next Halldor Laxness.

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Juleanna Glover to Fete French Author Elena Servettaz

RFI correspondent and author Elena Servettaz.

RFI correspondent and author Elena Servettaz.

Juleanna Glover’s new job doesn’t seem to be putting a crimp in her social life. Just a week or so after a bash to celebrate her move from Ashcroft Group to Teneo Holdings, Glover is throwing another soiree, this time for a somewhat more high-minded cause.

Of course you all remember the Magnitsky Law? Well it seems…wait what? You’ve never heard of the Magnitsky Law? My word! Know ye nothing of Russo-American relations?! Actually, to be honest, we have no idea what the Magnitsky Law is either, but we are gunna find out! It seems a nice French lady, Elena Servettaz has written a book about it -Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law -and Juleanna is having a party to celebrate said book this Saturday. Presumably someone will tell us what it’s all about whilst munching crepes and hot pretzels and what not. We think it has something to do with the Russians being bad bad people, throwing journalists in jail and killing them and hating gay people (for the children!).Magnitsky

In any event, we will be sneaking in to the Glover mansion and taking pictures of famous people’s shoes and hopefully somebody awkwardly shoving a canape in his mouth. If we don’t get too drunk, we may even be able to report back on whether or not Europe does indeed need a Magnitsky Law. Stay tuned!

Ticket Giveaway: Alan Dershowitz At GW

pair-o-ticketsHey y’all, the nice people over at Politics and Prose have offered two free tickets to Alan Dershowitzbook signing tonight. Hooray!

Dershowitz has been involved with a lot of craziness over the course of his career, but he has most recently become part of the team of lawyers advising Julian Assange. The first person to correctly answer the trivia question below wins the tickets, and a chance to see “the Dersh” hold forth in person on Assange, Wikileaks, and well, probably himself. Maybe mostly himself.

Entrants must be 18 or older, living in the US, and must reply by 5:00 PM today to be eligible. Event starts at 7:00 at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW. More deets available here. Send answers along with your name and email address to

Question: In 2012, WikiLeaks began producing an interview show featuring Julian Assange to be aired on RT. What is the show’s name and who was interviewed for the Season One finale?

Good luck!


Legalese: You may enter once. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Mediabistro has the right to disqualify entrants that don’t follow these guidelines or to award the book to alternative winners if winners cannot be contacted. Tickets must be accepted as awarded, are not transferable, and have no cash surrender value. List of prior winners may be obtained from Mediabistro upon request. Winner is responsible for all costs, taxes and fees, if any, related to winning. Winner grants Mediabistro the right to use the winners name and details in connection with this giveaway and promotion of future giveaways.

Alan Dershowitz, Lawyer for Julian Assange, At GW Tonight

DershowitzAlan Dershowitz, activist, writer, maddening TV personality, and lawyer to such luminaries as O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, Patty Hearst -and now Julian Assange -will be signing his new book tonight, Taking the Stand, at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium. The event, part of Politics and Prose‘s “The Newsmakers Series” and co-sponsored with GW Lisner, starts at 7:00 and tickets are $25 ($20 if you’re a PaP member).

From the New York Timesreview of Dershowitz’ book:

The list of legal issues and controversies that bear Dershowitz’s thumbprints is breathtaking. That one man involved himself in the Pentagon Papers case, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick investigation, Sharansky’s release from a Soviet prison, the O. J. trial, Bush v. Gore, the Mike Tyson rape case, the Israel/Palestinian dispute, the Woody Allen-Mia Farrow custody dispute, the Julian Assange WikiLeaks investigation and the public debate over Trayvon Martin, reflects not just the breadth of Dershowitz’s experience but also its depth and duration. Love him or hate him, Dershowitz has lived a life that matters, hugely and enduringly. He is a man in full at a time when most of us aspire to be little more than a presence on Twitter.


David Baldacci at Politics and Prose


On Nov. 23, Politics and Prose will present New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci to discuss his new book, KING AND MAXWELL. This is the 6th installment of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two secret service agents turned private investigators. According to the Grand Central Publishing’s press release, the story kicks off with the characters investigating a chilling case:

“It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, age 16, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives an email from his father…after his supposed death.”

Intense, right? Enter Sean and Michelle for their next fast-paced, page turning thriller, bound to keep readers glued to the unfolding mystery. All five of the previous books featuring the title characters have hit the #1 spot on New York Times best sellers list, and the latest is expected to soar to the top of the charts as well. Hardcover copies will go on sale for $28 on Nov. 19.

The event starts at 6 p.m., so pick up a copy and go meet the author so you’ll have something interesting to talk about during this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.


Secret Service Agent Saw White House Staff Dancing Like Seinfeld’s Elaine

dan-bongino_thumb-1As you might imagine, ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino is not warming the hearts of his former bosses these days. He’s also not on the best of terms with his own brother, a Secret Service agent whose team was entwined in the Colombia prostitute scandal last year.

“It has strained our family pretty badly,” Bongino told FishbowlDC in an phone interview this week.

He won’t expand on his brother too much except to say, “You’d think I’d have some inside knowledge but I don’t.” He says his brother has moved to New York. “We talk, but it’s not how it was. The relationship is OK. I’ll leave it at that.”

Forget about his brother for a moment. It’s White House staff that he exposes in a new tell-all called Life Inside The Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From it All. Read more