Fans of the crime fiction genre will recognize Walter Mosley’s name immediately. The critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author has penned more than 50 novels in his lifetime, amassing a list of achievements that would humble any high-profile writer. For those of us who like our fiction in moving pictures, Mosley’s neo-noir mystery novel Devil in a Blue Dress was adapted into the great film of the same name starring Denzel Washington. The novelist also serves as writer and consultant on the FX hit Snowfall, the only reason I tolerate Thursdays. Our locally beloved bookstore and cafe Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe will host Mosley as he launches his highly anticipated mystery novel John Woman. Mosley will launch his book in conversation with founder of Black Classic Press W. Paul Coates. To accommodate the expected crowd, Sankofa won’t be hosting this event at its Georgia Avenue digs but rather at the historic Woodward Hall at Calvary Baptist Church. Read more>>> The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 733 8th St NW. $40. (202) 234-4755. (Hamzat Sani)


Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras speaks about Atlas Obscura’s new book, The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid, an illustrated guide to the world’s most amazing natural and man-made wonders, at Takoma Park Public Library. 7:30 p.m. at 101 Philadelphia Ave., Takoma Park. Free.

Soul singer-songwriter Leon Bridges performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.

Electronic music DJ and producer Virtual Riot performs at U Street Music Hall. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$20.

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