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In addition to his love of birds and hatred of the internet, Jonathan Franzen is known for writing novels thick enough to double as doorstops. In any Franzen novel, readers can expect subplots, large casts of characters intersecting in unexpected ways, and links to pressing contemporary issues. Inevitably, his characters find themselves grappling with global geo-political challenges in the midst of some personal unraveling. Purity, his fifth novel, is no exception. There are anarchists, East Germans, an organization built to reveal secrets a la Wikileaks, the mystery of the title character’s paternity, and on top of that, a murder. Read more >>> Jonathan Franzen reads at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Emily Walz)
BLT Steak has gone oyster wild this week. From Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, they’re offering three different shooters with Rappahannock oysters at the bar for $10 each, including the “Mean Green Machine” with chili and horseradish-infused vodka; “Red Hot and Spicy” with dill aquavit; and the “BLT Oyster Shooter” with bacon-infused vodka. The shooters are available during dinner hours only. BLT Steak, 1625 I Street NW. (202) 689-8999. bltrestaurants.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
If you loved The Run of His Life: The People vs. OJ Simpson, author Jeffrey Toobin discusses his new book about a notable celebrity criminal, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Sariyah Idan, a Los Angeles–based artist who blends jazz, hip-hop, and Jewish musical traditions, performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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