Before Amtrak started a writers-in-residence program, NPR’s David Greene took a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. From the seat of a train, and from small villages, Greene’s latest book, Midnight in Siberia, found life. As he traveled from town to town and talked with everyone from babushkas to carpet-dealers to inn keepers, Greene collected the voices living in the isolated landscape. In those voices, you can hear frustration with bureaucracy, inequality, and military life. Criticisms of Putin’s Russia don’t come from posh Moscow cafés but the streets hundreds of miles away. Greene’s day job as one of the hosts of “Morning Edition” means he brings listeners closer to voices like these on a daily basis. But in Midnight in Serbia, stories aren’t limited to a three-minute audio segment. Greene’s conversations speak for themselves and now, you’ll have a chance to hear them too. David Greene reads at 6:30 p.m. at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 387-3825. kramers.com.