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At this year’s Jewish Literary Festival, sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, millennials can finally feel old. That’s because Mathew Klickstein has published Slimed, an oral history of Nickelodeon, every ’90s kid’s favorite basic cable channel, and will discuss it there. But if stories about Gak and Clarissa Explains It All don’t appeal to more sophisticated readers, they’ll still find something to attend at the festival, which covers religious works and graphic novels, among many other topics. Fans of Meg Wolitzer’s acclaimed 2013 novel The Interestings will enjoy a discussion between Wolitzer and her mother, the novelist Hilma Wolitzer, moderated by Georgetown University’s Deborah Tannen, while public radio fans and those with a depressive streak might like NPR’s Alan Cheuse’s conversation with author Gary Shteyngart. Even Dr. Ruth appears to explain the psychology and romance of ancient myths. The festival opens with the annual local author fair, where readers from around the region can connect, shop, and kibitz with their favorite writers over wine and cheese. Oct. 19–29 at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center and other venues. Prices vary.